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POISONOUS PLANTS

Some plants and trees are poisonous to horses, and should be removed from hedges and pastures.

These include:
Deadly Nightshade
Hemlock
Privet
St. John's Wort
Laburnum
Ragwort
Yew
Bryony
(click on the names to see a picture)



GROOMING TIPS

• Never try to groom a sweaty horse, always walk them around until dry.
• In cold weather keep a clipped horse warm during grooming by turning the rugs back and forward rather than removing them altogether.

• Give all rugs and blankets a thorough shaking every week as it's pointless to put dusty rugs back on to a clean horse.

• Never try to brush off wet mud, either hose it off or let it dry first.

• To dry off a wet horse in a stable cover them with a sheet or rug made of 'breathable' material or put a layer of straw along their back and quarters with a rug over the top (this is known as 'thatching').

• Remove dried mud using a dandy brush or a rubber curry comb, but be careful not to be too rough, and it may be necessary to use your hand to remove mud from sensitive areas, such as the inside of the hindlegs.

TACK TIPS

• Change over your stirrup leathers to the other side of the saddle every now and then, as the near-side leather will tend to stretch more as it takes all your weight when mounting.


• If your saddle continually slides backwards consider finding another saddle that fits your horse better, but, if unable, use a breastplate to help hold it in position.This consists of a band across the horse's chest, and a narrower strap over it's shoulders that is attached to the saddle.

• Saddle covers with elasticated edges easily fit over the saddle and keep it clean and dry. If you are spending a day at a show a cover can be used to keep the saddle dry when the weather is bad.