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Is it fair to have just one horse?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

You may have seen our recent Facebook post ‘horses are like chocolates you can’t have just one’. We asked our followers whether this statement was true and were completely overwhelmed by the response we had! Stories about how many horses you all owned came flooding in thick and fast and we found it so hard to pick our favourite that we ended up with three winners! It has made us think though, is it fair to have just one horse?

When we make the decision to buy or re-home a cat or a dog we don’t automatically think ‘he/she might get lonely, I must get two’. The same applies with a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster. But it seems different with a horse. Why?

In Switzerland you can’t have ‘just one’. You must have more than one horse kept together or the government will come along and remove your horse into their care. This ensures that horses are kept in a more social environment, a way of putting the horse’s interests first.

Out of the 300 comments that we received on our Facebook post our three winning stories came from the following equestrian enthusiasts and horse lovers!

“My daughter (she’s 21! ) rescued an appi gelding and he is the whole world to her she was asked to take on a little spotted mare too and said yes! Then she took on another rescue cob ! And believe it or not rescued an old mare which was losing the fight for life! So we have four all rescues all very different but they all mean so much to us and they will all live the rest if their lives happy and healthy xxx”

“Ok on behalf of my daughter niamh who is now 12 . Nearly 13
Niamh had Alot of problems with mixing with other children at nursery then at school but she loved animals esp horses she has a few lessons then we looked to get one on loan. We advertised and after a good few months found jubilee. He was 25 then but still jumping etc . He became her best friend and she suddenly had lots to tell her peers etc at school . She was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome and peoples thoughts feelings and meanings were a mystery to her but not jubilee. She understood him .. They became a fantastic team soon he taught her how to ride really well and through shows and gymkhana she overcame lots of social problems. We owe him so much he is now 32 and still does some showing bringing home ribbons everytime . He follows niamh round like a dog and my grandson now rides him occasionally as niamh now has a 15hh mare Cleo who she also loves to bits but everyone will always have a special place for jubilee he gave niamh a life. . Of course I then got my own horse to ride with niamh. .called nova who after losing my dad n my brother close together gave me a reason to get up n keep smiling .. precious gifts horses are xxxx”

“Had one…. Got bought another as a wedding present as first one getting older and retiring, 2nd one very soon went lame and ended surgery, rescued another so I could ride…. She turned out to have health issues, moved yards to my own ace (fatal) and took a pony with me who was 3rd ones best friend and YO didn’t want any more…. Then got offered another rescue that owner didn’t want…. Now upto 5….. Was then given another as a house warming present (another rescue)…. This one was only little and needed a friend so another rescue arrived!! Then decided I needed another that I could actually ride properly so bought a nice youngster…. He has since bust 5 ligaments in his leg so no more riding for him….. So I then had to get another youngster!! Phew….. Currently have 7 of them…. Lost 2 due to old age.”

Having read some of the comments above what do you think? Is it fair to have just one horse? If you would like to buy one of our fine bone china mugs please contact us at info@equestrian-escapes.com £5 plus £2.50 p&p. They make lovely stocking fillers.
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Koda the miniature horse

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

In the Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital just north of Melbourne Australia you will find a very special little horse named Koda. Koda is a miniature Horse who was also born a dwarf. Standing at just 59cm tall, if Koda the horse wants an equal he has to turn to the veterinary cat for company! He is so tiny visitors often think he’s a stuffed toy. The American miniature horse who suffers the double-whammy of being born a dwarf has had a bout of health problems caused by his size, but after substantial multiple surgeries is now recovering and enjoying the life of a pampered pet.

Koda and the cat

Koda and the cat

Brave Koda has had lots of surgery to correct his stumpy, buckled legs but that hasn’t helped his peculiar face. ‘His lower jaw juts out and he has bulging eyes, upturned nostrils and a wrinkled nose. He had a punky look, a fuzzy forelock and his mane stuck up like a mohawk,’ Dr Lynch said.

Koda’s poor health prognosis left Dr Lynch with little doubt he should be put down, but after the surgeries Koda looks set to live a long and fruitful life. Veterinary nurse Karen Stephenson, 23, was astounded by the resilience and spirit of the pint-sized pony. ‘I’d never seen a miniature horse and I just thought him amazing,’ she said. ‘I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him and thought he deserved a go at some good quality life, so I took him on.’

Dr Lynch has performed about £5,000 worth of leg surgery on Koda, but his total vet’s bill is expected to top £15,000. The next step is extensive dentistry to remove protruding adult teeth that won’t fit in his little mouth. He has recovered well from every operation so far. ‘He’s very brave and takes his medicine like a little man’ said Dr Lynch. ‘He’s everyone’s friend but he’s also got a very naughty streak and he’ll chew just about anything’.

Koda is not expected to live a completely normal horse life but there is hope that with the help of his human friends at the Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital that he will see two decades.

 

Koda

Koda

 

 

Tack Guru – New Product Review Site Makes Comparison Shopping for Equestrians Easier Than Ever Before

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

TackGuru.com is a new product review website developed for equestrians. The site allows horse owners to read about the experiences (good and bad) that other knowledgeable equestrians have had with the products they want to buy or try. The site includes reviews for tack, horse clothing, equine feeds, stable supplies, supplements, and equestrian clothing and equipment.

“In today’s tight economy every purchase that you make for your horse undergoes extra scrutiny,” explained site developer Liz Goldsmith. “If I want to buy a saddle, or try a supplement or medication, or buy a helmet, I find it very helpful to read about others’ experiences. When I looked for a site that offered this type of information, I couldn’t find anything that was like I envisioned. Either the scope was limited or the reviews were on manufacturers or tack store sites, which might be biased.

“Research shows that user reviews have the greatest influence in a buying decision,” she continued. “People value the opinions of their peers even more than single reviews by ‘experts.’ That makes quite a bit of sense because with items such a saddles, personal preference plays a large role in someone’s satisfaction.”

Goldsmith spent more than a year researching review sites and thinking about how she could make a site that offered a unique perspective. “I looked at review sites across many different industries and cherry picked the features that I thought were most compelling,” she explained. “I also found that people on equine forums would ask for opinions on different products and I thought it would be so much more helpful if this information was organized in a way that was more accessible – easier to find, listed in one place, and with an aggregate rating.”

As a result of her research, TackGuru.com features:

  • Rated user reviews that provide both individual comments and an overall ranking. It was important to her that you could see an aggregate “score” that spans multiple reviews.
  • A format that combines multiple reviews in a single location. She didn’t want people to have to keep “clicking” to read more reviews.
  • A broad scope of products. Rather than just focus on tack, she wanted to create a single source for the full range of products that equestrians use and need. The site addresses feeds, supplements, stable supplies, blankets, tack, equestrian clothing and even provides a place to rank on-line suppliers.

TackGuru.com is free to use but requires registration. “I have found that when people must register, the quality of their reviews is higher because the authors have some accountability,” said Goldsmith. “In addition, when you find a reviewer whose views you agree with, you want to find other products they liked or disliked.” She explained that “The site was in beta testing for several months last year and I was very impressed by the insights offered by reviewers. This is a sport where the users have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.”

TackGuru.com is physically located in Lincoln, Mass.  Site owner and developer Elizabeth Goldsmith is a life-long equestrian who has tried many of the products reviewed in the site. She encourages all equestrians to share their opinions on the products they have tried.

Horse Article of The Day!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Some pictures just don’t need captions!

There is nothing like Mom’s lap no matter who you
are.

This is a newborn offspring of Taskin, a

Gypsy Stallion owned by Villa Vanners of Oregon .

These pictures were taken immediately after his birth on April 6 2010.

The mare laid down, and then he trotted around and crawled right up into her lap.

Take a moment out of your busy day to enjoy these pictures, lovely!

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What Is A Horse? Find out in our Horse Article

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I have been researching horse articles today and came across this poem, just what is a horse? I think this describes it perfectly!

What is a horse?
A horse has eyes as dainty as a mink.
The grace is interrupted merely by a blink.
A horse is beauty.

What is a horse?
A horse is a tree in a storm that never goes down.
A horse is a weathered rock that stays around.
A horse is ancient.

What is a horse?
A horse waltzes like breeze over rivers.
She curvets and leaps like rain shivers.
A horse is a marionette.

What is a horse?
A horse is determination, that never stops flowing.
A horse is fondness, that never stops growing.
A horse is poetic power.

Equestrian Escapes, offers you the choice of some of the very best  individually created equestrian holidays in the UK and Europe. We are knowledgeable horse lovers dedicated to designing you the best possible horse riding holiday. If you would like more information about our holidays please contact us so that we can advise you. We cater for all ages and abilities, if you cannot find your perfect holiday we will tailor make a holiday especially for you.

email: info@equestrian-escapes.com

Tel: 01829 781 123

Equestrian Escapes is proud to bring you the ideal Autumn/Winter Warmer package

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Autumn and winter are readily approaching and what better place to appreciate the wonderful rusting colours of fall and the morning frost on the ground than from one of the ten uniquely decorated bedrooms in our luxury country house hotel.

The hotel stands in 17 acres of formal gardens and parkland with wonderful views across the Cheshire countryside towards the Welsh mountains – an ideal touring base for Chester and North Wales and a perfect pre-Christmas romantic setting!

We’re offering a two night stay in this beautiful country house hotel, four riding opportunities and a free beauty treatment all for £265. The perfect birthday or Christmas present!

During your stay you will enjoy expert tuition and wonderful riding out along picturesque bridleways of Delamere forest. These holidays are suitable for all abilities and ages.

The on-site beauty therapy suite offers a wide range of treatments including non-surgical and surgical treatments. Our favourites include the spiritual healing hand ritual – a combination of a deluxe manicure with an energy boosting massage, ideal therapy for your hands after a long days riding. And the back neck and shoulder massage to sooth those aching muscles.

The famous Roman walled City of Chester is only fifteen minutes away. Packed with culture and its magical magpie buildings it’s an abundance of character and is a place not to be missed when visiting Cheshire. From the 12th November the streets are lit up making Chester the ideal place to do your Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere.

This holiday offer lasts until the 23rd December, so get in contact with Equestrian Escapes now on 01829 781 123 autumn/winter horse riding holiday in Cheshire! The free beauty treatment only applies to booking made Monday to Friday, offer excludes weekends.

Learning With Lusitanos

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The Alentejo Region is home to the beautiful and elegant Lusitano Horses, a wonder for all horse lovers.  On this horse riding holiday you have the option of exploring deeper into the culture and history of the Lusitano Horse, and can choose from lessons, hacks and carriage driving.  Where this holiday is really great is that your itinerary is entirely up to you!  This holiday is also available to non-riders and non-drivers alike, so that everyone is able to get involved.  Activities for non-riders include bicycle rides, archery lessons, canoeing and fishing in the natural lake, as well as expansive walking in the rural countryside.

Your accommodation is on an expansive farm in the Southern Alentejo region far from city life so that you can just sit back with nothing to worry about!  Riding atop a powerful Lusitano horse is truly a wonderful experience.  The olive and cork trees that splay out in front of you makes a most picturesque scene.  The many fragrances, colours and sounds that can be found in this region will surely leave a lasting imprint on your mind…

Nuno Baptista

Facilities are newly renovated and include an infinity pool with newly built spa facilities.  The food is excellent andyou will be able to get a real taste of the local cuisine in all its splendour!  Chief Equine Instructor Nuno Baptista will be working with you to design your itinerary and is happy to help you with anything you may need.  Nuno is a national judge in Portugal and is also a member of the national dressage team.

This horse riding holiday is one of a lifetime, and if you have a passion for horses then the privilege of riding a Lusitano will bring much pleasure to you.  For more information on this horse riding holiday, or any other holidays from Equestrian Escapes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Horse Riding Holidays Travel Tips

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Once you have decided which horse riding holiday you intend to go on, Equestrian Escapes has a few more tips for you, too…

When going away on a horse riding holiday, don’t take too much with you!  Especially if you are an inexperienced rider, do not spend a lot of money on equipment that you may never use, or that you may never use again.

In Spring, Autumn and especially in the summer months, it can get very hot, so to avoid feeling sweaty and sticky all the time, try to stick to natural fabrics, especially cotton. There are many fantastic new products on the market, including full cotton seamless underwear, which is a blessing for the trail rides. Don’t forget about fine cotton socks, too.

 

 Trousers
Of course, nothing beats the comfort and protection that proper cotton breeches or jodhpurs afford for riding, but if you don’t intend to ride much after your holiday, you can get by with cotton tracksuit bottoms or leggings.

Tops
Should be fairly fitted, and it is better to have at least half sleeves for protection to the shoulders against sunburn or low hanging branches on the trail riding holidays. Even in the summer, they are just as cool and for the ladies, are much more “supportive” and comfortable so you can concentrate on learning in your classes. If you come in winter, it’s good to bring tops you can wear in layers, T-shirts, sweatshirts and vests. Sometimes it is quite cold and suddenly it gets hot, so it’s good to be able to add or subtract quickly.

Whatever your experience, whatever the holiday, Equestrian Escapes are here to help make your dreams come true…..

“You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But You Can’t Make Him Drink…”

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010


“You Can Lead A Horse To Water But You Can’t Make Him Drink….”

Meaning:

People, like horses, will only do what they have a mind to do.

Origin:

Proverbs give richness to language and, to some extent, define a culture. ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink‘ might be thought to encapsulate the English-speaking people’s mindset better than any other saying, as it appears to be the oldest English proverb that is still in regular use today. It was recorded as early as 1175 in Old English Homilies:

Hwa is thet mei thet hors wettrien the him self nule drinken
[who can give water to the horse that will not drink of its own accord?]

Words From Eduardo

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Dear Equestrian Escapes,

I recently travelled to Slovenia and came across some horses that reminded me of a horse-riding holiday that I booked through you.  I went alone, to Barcelona and had the most wonderful time.  I remember especially that the horses were so healthy and well looked after, and Barcelona itself was so pretty.  I am currently travelling around Europe on business, but when I return I think I may just ring you to book a well-deserved horse-riding breakItaly, perhaps this time!  Or perhaps I should try something entirely different?  Maybe the side-saddle?…….

I look forward to speaking to you on my return,

Many thanks,

Eduardo (Horse Expert)

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