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The Scottish Rider Blog by Thescottishequestrian - 20h ago

December is going to be quite quiet for Eva and I. I have a few work nights out and of course christmas presents to buy, I also tend to give Eva her usual two weeks off over Christmas as I think its good to give them a break every now and again. There is some …

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Last weekend I entered Eva and I in an unaffiliated showjumping competition. I entered us in the 90cm class which was run as a table A7, which means that everyone jumps a round and if clear they go on to a jump off round which is a short course against the clock. Overall I am …

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The Scottish Rider Blog by Thescottishequestrian - 1M ago

As we head in to the darker nights of winter, it is that time of year when fireworks start being sold in a lot of the stores. I'm not really a fan of fireworks. I am glad that by the time the fireworks are going off Eva is inside. The first field I had Eva …

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(Previous - Dont Break your Vet) At the start of this year I posted about a learning week that the (British Equine Veterinary Association) launched called "Don't Break Your Vet". One of the the topics covered was easy injections. If you haven't seen the video it basically is a method of rewarding and releasing as …

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Something I posted last year but I think it is worth sharing again!

The Scottish Equestrian

My vet recently posted this in regards to rugging your horse.

We’re seeing a lot more rugs appearing in fields over the last week or so. If you’re tempted to rug your horse consider the following and be honest with yourself.

– if my horse/pony is obese, unclipped and lives out he/she does not require a rug (use winter to your advantage to allow your horse to safely gradually lose some weight and dramatically reduce his/her laminitis risk for the spring time – laminitis kills)
– horses have a much lower thermoneutral zone (the temperature range where they do not have to expend energy to keep warm) than humans. Horses 5-25 degrees. Humans 20-35 degrees. This means that if you’re cold your horse may not be cold.
– horses have a caecum which acts as a giant internal combustion engine producing heat – the human equivalent is the appendix…

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The Scottish Rider Blog by Thescottishequestrian - 2M ago

Ok so Im really quite late to this.  Like months late.... I really don't have a reason why other than I forgot about it. Anyway. In June this year the following was released from DEFRA; "From October 2020 it will be mandatory for all owners to microchip their horses, ponies and donkeys. The new Central …

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The Scottish Rider Blog by Thescottishequestrian - 2M ago

October means the horses are officially in during the nights until spring time. Which means mucking out time... oh good! This also means Eva is going to have a bit of a tantrum about being in at nights again for the first few days. Ok well its not a full on tantrum. Its more passive …

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