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Laminitis Myths Article

Laminitis Myths Article

Our understanding of laminitis is improving year on year, yet owners don’t always have the correct up to date information. Running horse first aid courses I have heard many myths around the condition, and this article busts many of these old wives tales that you might...

Common Concerns About Attending The Healthy Horse Conference 2021

Thinking about attending our Healthy Horse Conference but can’t make up your mind?  I totally understand. I see events and training days that I’d like to go on but then I dither. Either I miss out or I forget.  It’s perfectly natural to worry about whether you’re...

The Horse First Aid Kit for Your Lorry Or Trailer

The Horse First Aid Kit for Your Lorry Or Trailer Most owners have a well stocked horse first aid kit at home, but a kit for the lorry or trailer can be overlooked, or not restocked, which isn’t a lot of help if you need something miles from home. In this article I...

Hydration

Hydration article  “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink… “I’ve sure we’ve all heard this old adage before but how much does your horse need to drink, and what can you do to keep your horse hydrated? Horses can drink 30-50 litres of water a...

Healthy Horse Conference 2020 Round Up

The 2020 NKC Equestrian Healthy Horse Conference was quite simply a wonderful day of learning and inspiration. Originally planned as an in person event, the ‘live and online’ day was a wonderful experience for all concerned, welcoming delegates from around the world....

7 Things Every Horse Owner Needs To Know About Laminitis 

Laminitis is a common condition, it has been affecting horses for many years but with a growing rise in equine obesity it is becoming even more of a problem. It is often a poorly understood condition, although thankfully we now know a lot more about the disease. With...

Sweet Itch – signs, suggestions and treatments

Most owners will be familiar with the condition Sweet Itch, characterised by extreme itching leading bald and sore areas, including the ‘toilet brush’ tail.  In the 2018 National Equine Health Survey skin conditions made up 33% of all reported problems, and Sweet Itch...

Supplements – What You Need To Know

The equine world is flooded with dietary supplements, each making bold claims to make your horse faster, calmer, nicer or shiner. However it isn't quite as simple as that, and in this article I will be exploring what a supplement is, and highlighting a few points for...

11 Questions You Might Have About Our Virtual Horse First Aid Course

You might have seen that I have been talking about a “Virtual Horse First Aid Course”, and you could well be wondering what an earth this is and why I am running it.    Well here are the reasons that I am running this Virtual Course, and an outline of what this...

18 Horsey Things To Do From Home

If you are stuck at home due to the current Coronavirus epidemic,  you might enjoy some ideas and inspiration for horsey things that you can do from home. Horsey people are used to be busy and on the go, and it will take some adjusting to spending more time at home,...

5 Reasons To Get Your Forage Analysed.

Have you ever wondered exactly what is in your hay? It’s easy enough with a bag of feed or a supplement to turn the bag or pot over and have a look, but what about hay? Whilst we can all make a visual appraisal of a bale of hay, or open haylage and have a look, this...

5 Horse Care Myths You Might Have Encountered

Running Horse First Aid Courses I have met so many lovely owners, and many horsey members of the public. One thing that has struck me is how many misconceptions we have around horse care. Myth busting is something that features heavily in our courses, and I love...

What To Do If Your Horse Has Choke

Choke is termed by vets as a minor veterinary emergency, but if your horse has ever had ‘choke’ you might have found it quite an alarming experience. In this article we will look at what choke is, how to prevent this from occurring and what to do if your horse suffers...

8 Reasons Why Your Horse Probably Doesn’t Have A Balanced Diet

There is a strong chance that your horse is probably not getting a balanced diet, I know annoying right. Now you might be reading this and think what but I buy x feed, y product, or a million supplements how can I be getting it wrong?   Feeding horses is a vast...

Does My Horse Need A Rug?

Horse owners often feel under pressure to rug up their horses, and sometimes this is brought on a change in weather, guilt or peer pressure from other owners on your yard (you can read more reasons that we rug our horses here) Many horses do need a rug, and it can be...

5 Ways To Prevent Winter Colic

Veterinary practices often report a rise in Colic cases during sudden spells of cold weather and as a result you might have heard the term ‘Winter Colic’ used on social media, or by other horse owners. Whilst Winter Colic isn't a condition you'd find in a veterinary...

Review of The Healthy Horse Conference 2019 

Being part of a live event or Conference can be a real mind-blowing experience. Hearing from inspirational speakers, and connecting with other horse owners can leave you feeling motivated and buzzing with new ideas for your horses.  But you can also feel slightly...

5 Top Tips To Encourage Weight Loss In Your Horse

In the UK it is estimated that 31-54% of equines are obese, and deposition of body fat is a normal physiological response to a positive energy balance. In the wild, horses gain weight over the summer months when food is abundant and naturally lose weight over the...

Why I’m running a Conference 

If you are thinking about attending our Healthy Horse Conference (running in Newbury, Berkshire on 30th November 2019) you might be wondering why I am running a Conference when I normally run one Horse First Aid Courses. Well there’s several reasons that I wanted to...

6 Things To Tell Your Vet If Your Horse Has Colic

If your horse has colic, it is a stressful time and it’s easy to panic. Noticing early signs of colic (you can read more here) and getting in touch with your vet straight away will give your horse the best possible chance of a speedy recovery. I’ve outlined six key...

Can’t Spot The Lame Leg?

Lameness can be described as a gait abnormality or asymmetry but quite often as owners we avoid using the word ‘lameness’ describing our lame horse as ‘a bit short’, ‘not quite right’, or a ‘bit footy’. Sometimes a horse is clearly ‘limping’ (to borrow a human...

8 Ideas For Moving Into A Winter Routine

We are now well into Autumn, and for many of us our horses will be moving onto a Winter routine. So how can you keep your horse happy and healthy with these changes? Many horses will be stabled for longer periods, they will be fed more hay and supplementary feeding...

Is Our Fear Of Gastric Ulcers Making Our Horses Fat?

Is Our Fear Of Gastric Ulcers Making Our Horses Fat?   As a horse owner it is perfectly natural to be concerned about gastric ulcers, and ulcers have become big business. You can’t open a horsey magazine without seeing adverts for ulcer related products, and...

My Horse Has A Cut- What Do I Do?

Horses are very good at injuring themselves, as an owner you will have no doubt experienced anything from a small nick to a larger cut on your horse.  If you find a cut what should you do? Ask around your yard and everyone will probably give you a different opinion,...

Sudocrem- Should You Put It On A Cut?

If your horse picks up a small cut it can feel a bit overwhelming about what you should do, do you hose it, scrub it, call the vet, put a bandage on it or just apply some sort of cream or gel? Ask around your yard and everyone will probably give you a different...

Terms of sale

Terms of Sale 1. Definitions 1.1 We, us, our mean NKC Equestrian Training  1.2 You and your mean the purchaser of course or conference tickets, goods, audio or video content from NKC Equestrian Training. 1.3 This is a contract between us and you. 2. Contract 2.1 When...

My Horse Eats His Hay Too Fast- 8 Ways To Slow Down Your Horse 

My Horse Eats His Hay Too Fast- 8 Ways To Slow Down Your Horse    We all know that horses are trickle feeders, they need to eat for the majority of the day (studies suggest that horses would graze for 16-18 hours in a 24 hour period), it’s good for their...

Common Concerns About Attending The Healthy Horse Conference 2019

Common Concerns About Attending The Healthy Horse Conference 2019   Thinking about attending our Healthy Horse Conference but can’t make up your mind?  I totally understand. I see events and training days that I’d like to go on but then I dither. Either I miss...

Why Do You Rug Your Horse?

Why Do You Rug Your Horse?   So I’m afraid to say that Autumn is certainly here, and there is an unmistakable ‘nip’ in the air in the mornings.    Hop onto social media and you’ll find plenty of posts and links to articles highlighting how you shouldn’t be...

5 Reasons To Attend An Equine Dissection Day

Attending a workshop or training day is one of the best things you can do to improve your knowledge of how your horse works, but deciding which event to attend can be tricky. You need to consider the price of your tickets, how you are going to get to the event, and...

How To Keep Your Horse Safe From Infectious Diseases

Most owners vaccinate their horse for Equine Influenza, and are aware of the implications of a Strangles outbreak, but biosecurity on many yards remains very poor. Owners tend to rely on Equine Influenza vaccinations to protect their horse, but vaccinations are only...

Does my horse need electrolytes?

We have rather inconsistent summers here in the UK, and hot weather can come out of nowhere. When the temperature rises many owners will be wondering if their horse needs to be given electrolytes.   What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are minerals which are...

Why Are Our Horses Getting Fatter?

Why Are Our Horses Getting Fatter?   Equine obesity is at an all time high, with rates as high as 70% for some populations of the horse world. Research suggests that owners now see an overweight horse as ‘normal’, making it difficult for an individual to...

First Aid for Laminitis

You think that your horse has laminitis- HELP! It can be difficult to know what to do for the best, and no doubt everyone on your yard will want to give their opinion, leaving you with plenty of conflicting advice. With that in mind here are some nine practical steps...

What to do if your horse or pony has laminitis

Calling the vet is the first step if you suspect that your horse has laminitis, they will be able to offer pain relief and help you to work out a plan to treat and manage the condition. Understanding of laminitis has improved significantly over the last 5-10 years and...

Vaccination myths

There is limited research on how many horse owners vaccinate their horses, and adhering to vaccination guidelines does seem to differ geographically across the country. On the Horse First Aid Courses that I run all around the UK compliance with vaccinations is...

8 Reasons to vaccinate your horse

Want a healthy horse? Horse owners spend an absolute fortune on keeping their horses well and healthy, from hoof, dental and worming care right through to magnetic rugs and boots; and let’s not forget the complex selection of costly supplements that many horses...

You Are The Expert On Your Horse….

7 Vital Signs That Every Horse Owner Should Be Monitoring As a horse owner it is easy to think that we need to understand every possible disease and disorder that could possibly affect our horses. Whilst it is great to understand more about conditions such as colic,...

Questions that you might have about the Horse First Aid Course Online

How do I get the most out of the course? Personally I think that learning works best when you can hear or read something more than once. I have designed the learning materials so that you can ‘dip and in out’ of the resources, allowing you to fit the course in around...

The Horse First Aid Kit – 10 Items Every Owner Must Have

Do you have a Horse First Aid Kit? Most owners have some sort of bandaging materials, and maybe a few products to clean a wound with, and some owners will have type of first aid product available.  Type ‘Horse First Aid Kit’ into any search engine and you can buy some...

5 things you don’t need in your Horse First Aid Kit

Do you have an updated Horse First Aid Kit ? Many horse owners have a real mixture of products in their Horse First Aid Kit, so what don’t you need? In this article I will outline 5 items that you don’t need in your kit, and you can read more about what to include in...

5 Reasons To Vaccinate Your Horse

5 Reasons To Vaccinate Your Horse

The cases of Equine Influenza in Spring 2019 saw the cancellation of racing and many other competitions, and as a result there has been an increased uptake in owners vaccinating their horses. So apart from meeting competition rules why do you need to vaccinate your...

9 ways to keep your horse drinking

It is essential that horses stay hydrated for performance and it is very important to help prevent colic. As a horse owner it’s easy to forget that it’s just as important to keep your horse drinking during the colder winter months than it is in the summer, and we all...

When is ad lib hay just too much?

Many horse owners will be aware that it’s essential to provide your horse with sufficient forage (hay or haylage), but how much do they actually need? It is popular with some owners to feed ‘ad-lib’ hay, but what does this actually mean and is this the best option for...

Your horse’s eye

Any swelling or soreness in your horse’s eye is a key time to call the vet. Yet owners are often surprised when we tell them at our Horse First Aid Course that an eye injury should be taken as seriously as a colic case.   The healthy eye   The outer layer...

What can your horse actually see?

Horses are well documented as being colour blind, although research shows that the horse can perceive colours in a similar way to human dichromats. This means that they confuse reds and greens, and can’t detect dot patterns comprising of these colours. Research also...

How to prepare for our Horse First Aid Course

Attending a training day or workshop is a big investment of your time and money. You want to get the most out of the experience, and the key is a bit of preparation beforehand.   There is nothing worse than arriving at a course feeling flustered because you are...

How much hay to feed your horse- does your horse have an off switch?

Whilst horses and humans have very different digestive systems there are some ways in which they are similar in regard to food and eating. Just like some people there are horses who seem to only eat what they need, and there are horses who would eat everything in the...

Are the golden rules of feeding still relevant?

So if like me you were a pony mad child in the 80’s you would certainly have known these rules for feeding your pony off by heart. Whether you were in the Pony Club, or just devoured Horse and Pony magazine this information was everywhere.  Fast forward thirty odd...

How to have a happier and healthier horse

Is your horse the correct weight?   Horses carrying excess weight are prone to a variety of health problems (just like humans), including an increased risk of laminitis, equine metabolic syndrome, joint disease and reduced performance.   Knowing how much...

6 common concerns about attending our horse first aid course

If you are thinking about attending one of our Horse First Aid Courses, but you can’t make up your mind I understand. It’s perfectly natural to worry about whether you are making the right decision to join a course or a workshop for the day. It’s not just the price,...

How to find the budget to attend one of our courses

How to find the budget to attend one of our courses.... So you would like to spend the day updating your knowledge with one of our vets. You know it would be interesting and helpful but you don’t feel like you can afford it right now. Rather than think “I can’t afford...

15 key times you need to call the vet

Deciding whether you need to call the vet or not can be a real cause of concern for horse owners. You might worry about the cost of an unnecessary call out, you might be worried about looking silly if it was something that you could have coped with on your own. With...

8 Things Your Vet Wishes You Would Do

8 Things Your Vet Wishes You Would Do I think that equine vets are truly amazing. They are a human version of 'Google', have so much knowledge and are doing their absolute best to help horses and owners. They work extremely long hours, and do plenty of 'unseen' work...

7 early colic signs that you might not know

Colic.. As a horse owner this is probably the worse case scenario for our horses. It is estimated that 90% of horse owners can’t spot the early signs of colic, so understanding some of these is crucial to help your horse. Most owners can recognise classic signs of...

8 Reasons to sign up for our Horse First Aid Course

1. You’ll get a tried and tested course that definitely gets results I have many years experience helping owners with their horses, and many horse owners have benefited from our Horse First Aid Course. Owners tell us that they have saved money on their vets bills as a...

5 reasons to update your Horse First Aid Knowledge

Many of us have human first aid training and this has to be updated every 2 years. So why don't owners update their horse first aid knowledge? Here's 5 reasons to update your horse first aid knowledge: Stop googling Yes there is some great information online, but...

5 reasons horsey hubbies are great

Do you have a horsey partner? I am very lucky to have a great husband who can ride (but isn’t that bothered by riding) and he has been such a huge help and support over the years. Horses are hard work, and you certainly need someone else who can support you/ make the...

What is it actually like to attend one of our courses

If you are thinking about attending one of our courses for the first time you might be wondering if the workshop will be right for you. With that in mind here’s a rundown of what to expect when you attend one of my events. Informal We want to offer you a really great...

Why You Should Ditch The Hibiscrub

Do you have hibiscrub as part of your horse first aid kit? The vast majority of horse owners have a bottle of hibiscrub in their horse first aid kits. It has been routinely used to clean wounds for many years, however several leading vets are now suggesting that...

What To Feed Your Horse?

Deciding what to feed your horse is a really important decision, it affects their health, their performance and their mindset. We know that fibre is essential for our horse's diet, and the majority of our horses's can do well on hay or grass. However to provide a...