North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team – Katie Tuttiett

Local Young Horse Rider to Compete For the Prince Philip Cup at HOYS 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team, fondly known as “Spots”, are off to what is undoubtedly recognised as the world’s most famous horse show – Horse of The Year Show (HOYS)!
The club has enjoyed previous success at HOYS, winning the Prince Phillip Cup in 1990 and qualifying in 2000 and 2001. Now after a long 17 year wait and fierce battle for their deserved place, the team will take part in the 70th anniversary end of season finale held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on 3-7th October 2018.

Katie Tuttiett, age 15, from Bishops Tachbrook is now somewhat of a celebratory amongst her school friends at Myton School in Warwick, and they can’t wait to cheer for her, and her pony Nikki, in what is set to be probably the most exciting and exhilarating date in her riding career so far.
Katie, has been riding since she was two years old and joined Pony Club at age 6, to ride at HOYS is a dream come true and claims that it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of her father, Joe, and amazing trainers Lisa and Kelly Davis.

After qualifying at Zones, the senior A team riders, Isla Holman-West, Harry Horton Barr, Katie Tuttiett, Bo Crump and Alex Mallalieu, competed at The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on Monday 20th August, against 24 top Pony Club teams from across the country for one of the two final places at HOYS. Earlier competitions had secured the other four places to West Hants, Romney Marsh, Oakley Hunt West and Morpeth Hunt.

Following a disastrous fall leaving no choice but to use a reserve pony, the morning session finished remarkably well on 54 points which left NWPC in first place. The pressure was on during the afternoon sessions, but determination prevailed as the team remained focused on the end goal, and they led virtually all the way. With just three races to go, the mass of points accumulated left the team confident in the fact that they would comfortably take 2nd place, at least, and a guaranteed place at HOYS. The races continued and their position became less comfortable in the penultimate race, with a total score of 42 their nearest rival Atherstone were close on their heels with 41. The final race was Big Sack, a good race for North Warwickshire, however, a stumble near the line let Atherstone in for the win taking the 7 points. Spots finished second and the 6 points they were awarded brought the final scores to 48 each.

Much celebration proceeded amongst the team members as NWPC had the golden ticket to HOYS, but still there was the small matter of the National Championship title to settle. The nail-biting tie breaker finale was set up between the two remaining teams. Ball and flag, simple, until the pressure is on. Isla was first to go and her ball pick-up was perfect. Atherstone dropped the ball on their go, typically they rectify mistakes in exceptionally quick style, but on this occasion luck was on side as Atherstone went on to make further mistakes. The Spots strolled to a faultless and comfortable win to be crowned 2018 winners of the Just Chaps Senior Runners-Up Competition.

Trainer Lisa Davies, who has had previous success at HOYS when she trained the 2014 winning team, commented “With the obstacles that we faced along the way it seemed like a distant dream but these young talented riders demonstrated true grit, determination and team effort throughout, they rode fantastically well and they accomplished their goal to become champions. I am so proud of what they have achieved so far.”

Mounted games were the inspiration of Prince Philip and is a competition where very fast games are played by riders on their ponies and the games require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, determination and competitive spirit. North Warwickshire Pony Club, established in 1931, has around 170 members with 30 of those aged 4-14 years taking part in mounted games.

Winning at HOYS is the pinnacle of every equestrian’s career and what each individual rider aspires to. With the help of the Pony Club and the North Warwickshire Branch, the team are about to embark on a fundraising exercise for necessary equipment and stabling arrangements, which will allow the riders to compete in the acclaimed spectacle at the NEC in October. To attend the next event Meet the HOYS Team 2018 visit http://branches.pcuk.org/northwarwickshire/rally-training-event-bookings/

In a bizarre twist to the tale, with NWPC and Atherstone taking their well-deserved places at HOYS, it resulted in all six of the England Mounted Games Team members taking their place to compete at HOYS with their respective branches! Possibly some kind of record! The England Team; Isla Holman-West, Amelia Swann, Chelsie Ledger, Elysee Williams-Ward, Sophie Grimshaw and Tillie Ball, were selected from different pony club branches across the country. Earlier this year the England Team lifted the winning trophy with 209 points, a record number of points ever scored, after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor. The team next ride together for England at the Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland in October 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team – Alex Mallalieu

Local Young Horse Rider to Compete For the Prince Philip Cup at HOYS 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team, fondly known as “Spots”, are off to what is undoubtedly recognised as the world’s most famous horse show – Horse of The Year Show (HOYS)!
The club has enjoyed previous success at HOYS, winning the Prince Phillip Cup in 1990 and qualifying in 2000 and 2001. Now after a long 17 year wait and fierce battle for their deserved place, the team will take part in the 70th anniversary end of season finale held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on 3-7th October 2018.

Alex Mallalieu, age 14, from Shutford in Oxfordshire is now somewhat of a celebratory amongst his school friends at Bloxham, and they can’t wait to cheer for him, and his pony Splash, in what is set to be probably the most exciting and exhilarating date in his riding career so far.
Alex, has been riding ever since he can remember and joined Pony Club at age 6. Alex has taken part in many competitions and won numerous titles and trophies but to ride at HOYS is a dream come true. Alex, along with Isla Holman-West both follow in their elder siblings footsteps, Zak and Isabella, who finished 2nd at HOYS in 2013 and lifted the Prince Philip Cup in 2014.
After qualifying at Zones, the senior A team riders, Isla Holman-West, Harry Horton Barr, Katie Tuttiett, Bo Crump and Alex Mallalieu, competed at The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on Monday 20th August, against 24 top Pony Club teams from across the country for one of the two final places at HOYS. Earlier competitions had secured the other four places to West Hants, Romney Marsh, Oakley Hunt West and Morpeth Hunt.

Following a disastrous fall leaving no choice but to use a reserve pony, the morning session finished remarkably well on 54 points which left NWPC in first place. The pressure was on during the afternoon sessions, but determination prevailed as the team remained focused on the end goal, and they led virtually all the way. With just three races to go, the mass of points accumulated left the team confident in the fact that they would comfortably take 2nd place, at least, and a guaranteed place at HOYS. The races continued and their position became less comfortable in the penultimate race, with a total score of 42 their nearest rival Atherstone were close on their heels with 41. The final race was Big Sack, a good race for North Warwickshire, however, a stumble near the line let Atherstone in for the win taking the 7 points. Spots finished second and the 6 points they were awarded brought the final scores to 48 each.

Much celebration proceeded amongst the team members as NWPC had the golden ticket to HOYS, but still there was the small matter of the National Championship title to settle. The nail-biting tie breaker finale was set up between the two remaining teams. Ball and flag, simple, until the pressure is on. Isla was first to go and her ball pick-up was perfect. Atherstone dropped the ball on their go, typically they rectify mistakes in exceptionally quick style, but on this occasion luck was on side as Atherstone went on to make further mistakes. The Spots strolled to a faultless and comfortable win to be crowned 2018 winners of the Just Chaps Senior Runners-Up Competition.

Trainer Lisa Davies, who has had previous success at HOYS when she trained the 2014 winning team, commented “With the obstacles that we faced along the way it seemed like a distant dream but these young talented riders demonstrated true grit, determination and team effort throughout, they rode fantastically well and they accomplished their goal to become champions. I am so proud of what they have achieved so far.”

Mounted games were the inspiration of Prince Philip and is a competition where very fast games are played by riders on their ponies and the games require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, determination and competitive spirit. North Warwickshire Pony Club, established in 1931, has around 170 members with 30 of those aged 4-14 years taking part in mounted games. Winning at HOYS is the pinnacle of every equestrian’s career and what each individual rider aspires to. With the help of the Pony Club and the North Warwickshire Branch, the team are about to embark on a fundraising exercise for necessary equipment and stabling arrangements, which will allow the riders to compete in the acclaimed spectacle at the NEC in October. To attend the next event Meet the HOYS Team 2018 visit http://branches.pcuk.org/northwarwickshire/rally-training-event-bookings/

In a bizarre twist to the tale, with NWPC and Atherstone taking their well-deserved places at HOYS, it resulted in all six of the England Mounted Games Team members taking their place to compete at HOYS with their respective branches! Possibly some kind of record! The England Team; Isla Holman-West, Amelia Swann, Chelsie Ledger, Elysee Williams-Ward, Sophie Grimshaw and Tillie Ball, were selected from different pony club branches across the country. Earlier this year the England Team lifted the winning trophy with 209 points, a record number of points ever scored, after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor. The team next ride together for England at the Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland in October 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team – Harry Horton-Barr

Local Sportsman to Compete for the Prince Philip Cup at HOYS 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team, fondly known as “Spots”, are off to what is undoubtedly recognised as the world’s most famous horse show – Horse of The Year Show (HOYS)!
The club has enjoyed previous success at HOYS, winning the Prince Phillip Cup in 1990 and qualifying in 2000 and 2001. Now after a long 17 year wait and fierce battle for their deserved place, the team will take part in the 70th anniversary end of season finale held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on 3-7th October 2018.

Harry Horton-Barr, who recently turned 13, is now somewhat of a celebratory amongst his school friends at North Leamington, and they can’t wait to cheer for him, and his pony Pappy, in what is set to be probably the most exciting and exhilarating date in his riding career so far.
Harry, a keen sportsman, and Irish bred Pappy, have a close relationship after 11 months together and have had success in polocrosse and other Pony Club activities. Aside from Pony Club Harry is a keen footballer, playing in defence for Norton Lyndsey in the Warwickshire league, helping his team to win both the league and the league cup last season.

After qualifying at Zones, the senior A team riders, Isla Holman-West, Harry Horton Barr, Katie Tuttiett, Bo Crump and Alex Mallalieu, competed at The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on Monday 20th August, against 24 top Pony Club teams from across the country for one of the two final places at HOYS. Earlier competitions had secured the other four places to West Hants, Romney Marsh, Oakley Hunt West and Morpeth Hunt.

Following a disastrous fall leaving no choice but to use a reserve pony, the morning session finished remarkably well on 54 points which left NWPC in first place. The pressure was on during the afternoon sessions, but determination prevailed as the team remained focused on the end goal, and they led virtually all the way. With just three races to go, the mass of points accumulated left the team confident in the fact that they would comfortably take 2nd place, at least, and a guaranteed place at HOYS. The races continued and their position became less comfortable in the penultimate race, with a total score of 42 their nearest rival Atherstone were close on their heels with 41. The final race was Big Sack, a good race for North Warwickshire, however, a stumble near the line let Atherstone in for the win taking the 7 points. Spots finished second and the 6 points they were awarded brought the final scores to 48 each.

Much celebration proceeded amongst the team members as NWPC had the golden ticket to HOYS, but still there was the small matter of the National Championship title to settle. The nail-biting tie breaker finale was set up between the two remaining teams. Ball and flag, simple, until the pressure is on. Isla was first to go and her ball pick-up was perfect. Atherstone dropped the ball on their go, typically they rectify mistakes in exceptionally quick style, but on this occasion luck was on side as Atherstone went on to make further mistakes. The Spots strolled to a faultless and comfortable win to be crowned 2018 winners of the Just Chaps Senior Runners-Up Competition.

Trainer Lisa Davies, who has had previous success at HOYS when she trained the 2014 winning team, commented “With the obstacles that we faced along the way it seemed like a distant dream but these young talented riders demonstrated true grit, determination and team effort throughout, they rode fantastically well and they accomplished their goal to become champions. I am so proud of what they have achieved so far.”

Mounted games were the inspiration of Prince Philip and is a competition where very fast games are played by riders on their ponies and the games require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, determination and competitive spirit. North Warwickshire Pony Club, established in 1931, has around 170 members with 30 of those aged 4-14 years taking part in mounted games.

Winning at HOYS is the pinnacle of every equestrian’s career and what each individual rider aspires to. With the help of the Pony Club and the North Warwickshire Branch, the team are about to embark on a fundraising exercise for necessary equipment and stabling arrangements, which will allow the riders to compete in the acclaimed spectacle at the NEC in October. To attend the next event Meet the HOYS Team 2018 visit http://branches.pcuk.org/northwarwickshire/rally-training-event-bookings/

In a bizarre twist to the tale, with NWPC and Atherstone taking their well-deserved places at HOYS, it resulted in all six of the England Mounted Games Team members taking their place to compete at HOYS with their respective branches! Possibly some kind of record! The England Team; Isla Holman-West, Amelia Swann, Chelsie Ledger, Elysee Williams-Ward, Sophie Grimshaw and Tillie Ball, were selected from different pony club branches across the country. Earlier this year the England Team lifted the winning trophy with 209 points, a record number of points ever scored, after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor. The team next ride together for England at the Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland in October 2018.

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games – Bo Crump

Local Young Horse Riders to Compete For the Prince Philip Cup at HOYS 2018

North Warwickshire Pony Club Mounted Games Team, fondly known as “Spots”, are off to what is undoubtedly recognised as the world’s most famous horse show – Horse of The Year Show (HOYS)!
The club has enjoyed previous success at HOYS, winning the Prince Phillip Cup in 1990 and qualifying in 2000 and 2001. Now after a long 17 year wait and fierce battle for their deserved place, the team will take part in the 70th anniversary end of season finale held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on 3-7th October 2018.

Bo Crump, age 14, from Lighthorne, Warwickshire is now somewhat of a celebratory amongst her school friends at Southam College School, and they can’t wait to cheer for her, and her pony Nipper, in what is set to be probably the most exciting and exhilarating date in her riding career so far.

A keen equestrian, Bo, has been riding ever since she can remember and joined Pony Club at age 6. Following a break of 3 years to concentrate on show jumping, Bo returned to mounted games just this year to achieve her dream come true.

After qualifying at Zones, the senior A team riders, Isla Holman-West, Harry Horton Barr, Katie Tuttiett, Bo Crump and Alex Mallalieu, competed at The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on Monday 20th August, against 24 top Pony Club teams from across the country for one of the two final places at HOYS. Earlier competitions had secured the other four places to West Hants, Romney Marsh, Oakley Hunt West and Morpeth Hunt.

Following a disastrous fall leaving no choice but to use a reserve pony, the morning session finished remarkably well on 54 points which left NWPC in first place. The pressure was on during the afternoon sessions, but determination prevailed as the team remained focused on the end goal, and they led virtually all the way. With just three races to go, the mass of points accumulated left the team confident in the fact that they would comfortably take 2nd place, at least, and a guaranteed place at HOYS. The races continued and their position became less comfortable in the penultimate race, with a total score of 42 their nearest rival Atherstone were close on their heels with 41. The final race was Big Sack, a good race for North Warwickshire, however, a stumble near the line let Atherstone in for the win taking the 7 points. Spots finished second and the 6 points they were awarded brought the final scores to 48 each.

Much celebration proceeded amongst the team members as NWPC had the golden ticket to HOYS, but still there was the small matter of the National Championship title to settle. The nail-biting tie breaker finale was set up between the two remaining teams. Ball and flag, simple, until the pressure is on. Isla was first to go and her ball pick-up was perfect. Atherstone dropped the ball on their go, typically they rectify mistakes in exceptionally quick style, but on this occasion luck was on side as Atherstone went on to make further mistakes. The Spots strolled to a faultless and comfortable win to be crowned 2018 winners of the Just Chaps Senior Runners-Up Competition.

Trainer Lisa Davies, who has had previous success at HOYS when she trained the 2014 winning team, commented “With the obstacles that we faced along the way it seemed like a distant dream but these young talented riders demonstrated true grit, determination and team effort throughout, they rode fantastically well and they accomplished their goal to become champions. I am so proud of what they have achieved so far.”

Mounted games were the inspiration of Prince Philip and is a competition where very fast games are played by riders on their ponies and the games require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, determination and competitive spirit. North Warwickshire Pony Club, established in 1931, has around 170 members with 30 of those aged 4-14 years taking part in mounted games. Winning at HOYS is the pinnacle of every equestrian’s career and what each individual rider aspires to. With the help of the Pony Club and the North Warwickshire Branch, the team are about to embark on a fundraising exercise for necessary equipment and stabling arrangements, which will allow the riders to compete in the acclaimed spectacle at the NEC in October. To attend the next event Meet the HOYS Team 2018 visit http://branches.pcuk.org/northwarwickshire/rally-training-event-bookings/

In a bizarre twist to the tale, with NWPC and Atherstone taking their well-deserved places at HOYS, it resulted in all six of the England Mounted Games Team members taking their place to compete at HOYS with their respective branches! Possibly some kind of record! The England Team; Isla Holman-West, Amelia Swann, Chelsie Ledger, Elysee Williams-Ward, Sophie Grimshaw and Tillie Ball, were selected from different pony club branches across the country. Earlier this year the England Team lifted the winning trophy with 209 points, a record number of points ever scored, after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor. The team next ride together for England at the Punchestown Racecourse in Ireland in October 2018.

DMA Horse Transport

DMA Horse Transport Rugby

Based near Rugby, Warwickshire DMA horse transport is second to non, I have been using DMA since we got our pony 2 years ago.

David has taken us to shows, lessons, yard moves even our christmas eve secret pony move to surprise my daughter on christmas day! We really did rock the christmas hats and jumpers! David offers help throughout the day tacking up, holding the pony, filming etc!

David has a very calm manner, there is no rushing more like gentle persuasion to load those unsure horses. When my naughty pony had decided suddenly he wouldn’t load on the horse box David took the time to load him on and off again making him feel relaxed and happy to load again.

I have recommended DMA to everyone I know requiring transport, I personally trust that the horses and ponies on board are receiving the best care on and off the horse box. An onboard camera makes sure travelling horses are kept an eye on.

If you need transport to the vet, show, day trips, horse sale pick up or drop off, yard moves give David aka Bodge a call!!

DMA Horse Transport Based in Rugby Warwickshire… 07519 050 254 (24 hour for emergencies)

Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex

Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex Rugby Warwickshire

Based in Rugby, Warwickshire Onley grounds equestrian complex has amazing facilities, hosts a variety of equestrian events for all ages and abilities, with experienced, helpful staff.

Onley has three good sized arenas; two indoor arenas 25m x 60m and one international 40m x 77m. The outdoor arena is 100m x 45m and the great thing is they are all available to hire from £30 an hour for up to 2 horses.

Also offering lessons one-to-one or group tuition from the age of 8 upwards, I can personally say Clare is a fabulous instructor teaching my daughter on Onley’s pony Tikka and then on her own pony that Clare offered so much help and advice on whilst we were looking to purchase a pony. Then taking a young rider and a very green pony to jumping a full course with confidence, her calm and fun way of teaching really changed my daughters confidence from walk and trotting, to finally cantering and jumping. If you are looking for riding lessons I really do recommend giving Onley a call.

Within the grounds at Onley you will find, Onley horse box services, Rugby polo club, The rug den (rug washing services), Harley equestrian and Willoughby park polo gear shop both great shops, also a great local farm shop & butchery. Onley vets offer a friendly service and who I use for our pony, certain days and areas they do a free call out zone if you have pre booked your appointment, I highly recommend.

Onley is well known for its Rugby polo club, it is one of the oldest polo clubs in the country, established in 1893. Rugby polo club was then re-established in 2000 by two brothers Philip and David Baker. I was fortunate enough to have had a group polo lesson a couple of years ago with friends on a very chilly evening, lots of fun was had by all, the rules were told in an easy way to understand and the horses were very well trained for us polo rookies. Afterwards we ate in the Forge restaurant the food was delicious!

The Chukka bar gives views of the outdoor arena especially in the winter for the events and polo tournaments. My son likes to relax by the log burner in the winter whilst waiting for his sister. The Nosebag Cafe offers yummy sausage cobs and cakes, my partner is usually sipping tea and eating something from the menu on his equestrian Daddy days.

Take a look at the next couple of weeks events, something is always going on at Onley. (2018)

18th August – BD Team & My quest club
18th August – British Show Jumping
19th August – TRS & Hope Show (Showing)
20th August – Levi Hunt Dressage, Pole work & Jumping lessons
21st August – British Showjumping
22nd August – Clear Round Jumping
23rd August – Evening dressage UK summer qualifier show and summer points
24th – 26th August – UKPA National 2018
25th August – SJUK 2- Day August bank holiday show with SJUK summer qualifiers
26th August – SJUK 2- Day August bank holiday show with SJUK summer qualifiers
26th August – Dressage UK summer qualifier show and summer points
29th August – Clear Round Jumping
30th August – Evening dressage UK Summer qualifier show and summer points

1st – 2nd September – SSADL Show Championships.

Crafty Ponies

As a Mum i just love these adorable ponies! Firstly let me introduce my 9 year old daughter’s collection from the photo… Duke, Pongo, Todd, Spartan, Blue, Ollie and Oreo! We first purchased Blue which is also my daughters grey pony, she loved that he came with his own passport and he never travels without it as she knows how important it is for her pony to have his, I feel these are such a simple yet effective educational tool for children. With each item you receive a lovely illustrated instruction booklet that has information about the item and easy to follow for your little equestrian, for example the saddle and bridal has each part labeled for easy learning. I know that Crafty Ponies are always bringing new items out which is great, we are hoping for a chestnut soon, 5* home awaits you! Price wise again for what you get it is great value for money and they are very well made items, we hope that in the future some saddle pads would be available as we all love matchy matchy sets, but on the upside it has made my daughter become very creative and has created her own saddle pads for her ponies. Harry horse rider and Pippa pony rider are fun dolls, sometimes a little tricky to keep up right on the ponies, again we would love to see some more outfits for them as my daughter has tried to make clothes but we are certainly not made to be dress makers. Overall I feel that Crafty Ponies are just the perfect toy for those young horse riders, those who love horses and ponies and possibly cannot have a real one, they are just brilliant!!

Olivia Minihane

Horse and rider photo Olivia

A little about my lovely sponsored rider 19 year old Olivia Minihane. Based in the heart of Warwickshire (Rugby) Olivia and her Mum Jackie have a team of talented horses, Deena a chestnut mare, Moss a Dun gelding they are both Irish Sports horses, Harry a very handsome palomino gelding and William who is 21 years old and still going strong both are Welsh section D’s, Fred a grey Connemara gelding, last but not least is Jerry who is Olivia’s 5 year old, his grandsire is Lux Z, I cannot wait to see him out competing.
Recently competing at Royal International Moss came 6th in the 153cm show hunter pony and Fred who came 8th in the 153cm working hunter pony, A huge congratulations to team Minihane!
Olivia has been competing from a young age on her ponies she used to affiliate BSJA, now mainly focusing on showing. I am really looking forward to see what the future holds for Olivia she is a very talented rider with a huge amount of knowledge with one very proud and supportive Mum, I can only hope my Daughter and I will be just as much an awesome team as Olivia and Jackie!

Check out Olivia Minihane Equestrian on Facebook, for schooling livery and sales livery.

Keep an eye out for more on Olivia.

Canon EF 85mm Lens 1.2

Blog Canon 85mm Lens f1.2

This week I used the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens… What a great lens! The images I shot had great smooth background blur, with the subject being perfectly sharp, which wasn’t an easy task as I had a very brave and friendly bouncing 1 week old foal to photograph.

The lens is a little heavy but I usually shoot with a Canon 70-200mm lens so it didn’t bother me. This lens is the perfect portrait lens perfect for a wedding setting. You will not be disappointed if you are lucky to own one or looking to purchase one!

An extreme portrait lens with a very fast maximum aperture and swift focusing.
Highlights of this lens: Extreme f/1.2 maximum aperture, Soft case and lens hood, Integration with E-TTL II flash system. Available to purchase from the Canon store online for £ 1,929.99.

This lens is also available as a 1.4 or 1.8 too!

Horses in the heat

hello sunshine blog horses

Having been around so many yards the one thing I have picked up on my travels is the question of ‘what is best to do with my horse in this heat?’. We waited so long for this Summer to arrive after what felt like an never ending winter of rain, snow, and a lot of mud, and when summer did arrive it this year it’s been an unusually hot one for us in the UK.

This heat can be dangerous for our horses or ponies, often causing dehydration, lethargy or generally uncomfortable conditions, which in severe cases of heat can bring on stress that can sometimes cause diarrhoea and colic.

I am hoping I can offer some top tips that may help your horse or Pony below:

Choose cooler turnout times, if you have a stable bringing in during the day or hottest parts of the day will help, turning out overnight is ideal for your horses. The summer can also have a big impact on the fields and reduce the quality of grazing, feeding hard feed maybe required to keep condition and energy on them. If you do not have access to a stable providing some shade in the field giving them chance to stand out of the sun.
The most essential is your horse or pony has access to cool water all the time, buckets can get warm very quickly if left in direct sunlight try and place them by the hedge or shaded area as horse may not drink warm water. Watch out for sunburn too.

Try riding early in the morning or later in the evening the sunrise and sunset is lovely to watch whilst riding too!

I have seen Ice blocks with apples, carrots etc in i think these are a lovely idea for your horse to enjoy and hydrate at the same time, My horse loves a carrot ice block!

And we must not forget the dreaded horse flies, fly rugs, fly masks and fly spray are essential too this pesky flies are everywhere irritating and nibbling away, and don’t forget to spare yourself, I recently did a photo shoot and 8 horsefly bites later i now carry spray at all times!!

Signs of heat stroke can include: Excessive sweating, heart rate higher than normal and doesn’t return back to normal, high temperature, lack of energy, dehydration, if you have any concerns contact your vet.