Horse Care – Sun Care for Horses

Horse Care – The Sun is Shining At Last, Do We Need To Protect our Horses From the Sun?

The skin for both human or equine is the largest organ of the body, therefore yes we do need to protect ourselves and our horses and ponies from the sun.  We all know that the discomfort from too long a sunny day on the beach can have pretty uncomfortable effects for days afterwards if we don’t protect ourselves adequately!


So How Can We  Help Our Equine Friends Find Protection From The Sun?:

  • Try to make sure there is access to shade either in the form of natural shading like trees and high hedges, or in the form of a field shelter in the paddock.
  • Some fly rugs also act as a sunblock and shield off the suns rays.
  • Put your horse or pony in during the hottest part of the day if no access to shading in their paddock.
  • Apply sun block  like the one below to sensitive areas like pink noses and white legs first thing in the morning and again late afternoon if wall to wall sunshine.

sunblocksepiaI have a special interest in the above sun block  and there is quite a heart warming story attached to the making of it, which I have written about below. I hope you will enjoy it: First a brief introduction about myself:

 My Introduction:

My name is Rachel and I own and run Hivron Horse Haven, which is a livery yard for retired horses and the rehabilitation of horses recovering from injuries and operations.  I also do rehabilitation livery for one of the horse charities and take in rescue horses and ponies, rehabilitate them, physically and mentally so that they can be rehomed to loving experienced homes. All the horses have life insurance.

     The Story of the Creation of Monty and Emma’s Sunblock:

Monty and Emma

Monty and Emma

Andy and I have two daughters Kirsty and Emma, both girls are pony mad, just as well really!   Emma,  just over a year ago when she was 10 years old had a tragic loss. Her super pony Kandy was staked in the stomach as they were ambling up a farm track. After two operations and a week later her dear pony passed away at the surgery.   We were all devastated, poor Em, such a hard, cruel thing to happen for a child so young to come to terms with.

This awful incident happened on Valentine ’s Day.   Just over a month later I went to collect two rescue ponies for the charity, one of which was a 14.2hh 15 year old skewbald called Monty. We wormed him, treated his terrible rain scald and quietly watched him gain in condition. Em took a shine to him and pleaded with me to let her ride him, well I actually had to be the guinea pig being the responsible parent!

A year and a half on and Monty is a very important member of our family. He has been such a success that I still cannot believe how lucky we were for him to have found us, let alone the timing of his appearance here.  We were all still numb at the loss of Kandy and I had not even thought of how I was going to find a replacement for him.

Meet Monty:

'Another photo of Monty!'


Monty is a 15 year old 14.2hh skewbald gelding, who has got lots of character to keep Emma on her toes!.   He has a lot of pink skin, his nose area is all pink. Last summer the weather for GB was a pretty good one, but not if you are a pony like Monty, who has a very sensitive pink nose. When we first adopted Monty it was at the beginning of the Spring.  When the sun became stronger his poor nose blistered easily and was very sore.   I’d never seen such a quick and severe reaction to the sun.

My friend Jo, makes all her own organic skin care products, growing and harvesting a lot of her own ingredients. She sells her products under the brand name of Earthbound Organics.   Jo very quickly came to the rescue and adapted her original sunblock for humans to suit Monty, mainly by cleverly making it fragrance free so as not to interfere with Monty’s sensitive sense of smell.  I apply it first thing in the morning and about 6.00 in the evening if wall to wall sunshine. Now Monty has a beautiful pink nose all the time with no blistering. We also make special horse saddles for Monty for his sensitive skin. 


We have a lot of coloured rescue horses and  I apply our sunblock on a regular basis, well that is of course when the sun shines!!    2014-06-09 09.59.49-1As a family we all use it.    On holiday in sunny Bulgaria where the sun was very strong. It was fantastic, no burning, but we still developed a healthy glow.

Of course the next development is to share this wonderful product. The coming about of this sunblock is quite personal so we felt we had to call it:

‘Monty and Emma’s Organic Sun Protection for Horse and Rider.’

Below is a list of the ingredients used to make this superb product:

  • Zinc Oxide               -  A broad spectrum blocker, protecting skin from UVA, UVB and     UVC.
  • Organic coconut oil -  A natural sunscreen and sun tolerance, has a soothing effect on sensitive and irritated skin.
  • Sesame Oil                -  A natural sun protection factor due to the vitamin E it contains, which is a natural antioxidant
  • Rice Ban Oil             -  Absorbs UV rays and helps prevent oxidation
  • Beeswax                    -  A protective barrier for the skin, but still allowing the skin to breath. Retains moisture and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic properties making it beneficial for wound healing
  • Organic Aloe Vera    -  Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial, soothing and calming to the skin.
  • Preservative Eco

I have put a few pointers together of the great things I love about Monty and Emma’s Sunblock:

  • An Effective Organic Sunblock made for both Horse and Rider
  • It is approx. 30spf – 98% sunblock
  • Can be applied to sunburnt, irritated or broken skin
  • There has been no fragrance added so as not to interfere with the horses sense of smell
  • Contained in a strong handy pocket size 150ml tin
  • Soothes fly bites especially horse fly bites
  • Water Resistant
  • Safe and Effective
  • The tin container is safe and strong to use around animals
  • Will not harm if ingested
  • Biodegradable

Monty and Emma’s sunblock is sold in 150ml tins at £12.99 inc. postage. If you would like to order some please either click here or send me an email: and I will be happy to dispatch some to you.

sunblocksepiaThank you for reading my blog

Rachel Holman

Hivron Horse Haven








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Horse Products – Hivron Horse Haven Recommends!

Horse Products – Where do I start? !

There are just so many Horse Products catering for so many categories, that it is very difficult to know which brand, material,  healing ointment, feed etc to choose.

As word of mouth is often the best advertisement, then I thought I would write about a few horse products that we use here at HHH and can recommend to you, that make a big difference in helping me to run our stables smoothly.

Horse Products No.1 – The Turnout Rug

We are in the midst of winter, the weather is as changeable as it is going to get, this morning it was -2, now it is 6 degrees, last week it was 10 degrees mid day! So my first category in my recommended horse products has to be the turnout rug to keep our horses temperature comfortable, dry and snug.

For me Premier Equine , pictured below, are an excellent outdoor rug.  The fit is secure and snug, yet light and the shoulders have plenty of room to move without pulling down on the neck. I much prefer the removable necks such as this one so that it can be removed on warmer days.   I have tried the same rug on several shaped horses and the rug sits securely, what ever the shape of the horse

Buster 300X with neck cover

Other horse products in this category we like are the Amigo rugs, they are a great fit, lightweight and durable.

Horse Products No 2.  Healing Ointment

My next horse products that I have great faith in to treat and keep nicks and cuts clean and to prevent infections setting in is Camrosa, what a great product!     Once infection has been prevented it is often tempting to dry the cut up with an antibacterial spray or powder.  My own experience has shown that this method often leaves a scar.  With Patience and Camrosa  I have had much success with healing minor and major wounds, leaving very little or no scar at all.  Applying Camrosa daily keeps moisture and dirt out, but allows the wound itself to heal from the inside out.

Camrosa has many other uses such as mite control, rainscald treatment, insect bites, proud flesh, cracked heels, mud fever, sweet itch treatment.

Horse Products No. 3 – The Poultice Boot.

There are many poultice boots on the market and to be honest up until last year I was an avid plastic bag and parcel tape user!!. until finally I found this:  The Shires Poultice Boot:

Poultice Boot (142)

So long as the poultice  can be kept clean and dry I would much prefer for the effected horse to be able to be put out  for a few hours, or 24/7 if that is its normal routine, to excercise itself, rather than be stable during this time.   This boot comes in three sizes and once you have mastered the technique of getting it on and off this boot serves the purpose very well.  I have as yet never had to go and retrieve it from the other end of the field, nor found any friction rubs caused by it.  It’s great and very robust.

Horse Products No 4.

Naf Equine Biotics Powder:    Here at HHH we specialise in looking after horses and ponies that are old and ones that are in rehabilitation.     We use Naf biotic powder to stabilise gut upsets, at worming time to help prevent the possible gut reactions to the  wormers and when horses first arrive at the stables to help them adjust to the different feed and fodder.


Horse Product No. 5

The Equissage Equine Therapy Unit:  -

Equissage Pad  Equissage Hand Unit

Equissage is a multi-unit physiotherapy massage system developed specifically for equine use. Safe, versatile, non-invasive and easy to use, the system is suitable for every horse, in every discipline.

It can help with:

  • Musculoskelatal disorders
  • Respiratory
  • Skin Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Plus others.

I use it to help relieve stiffness in the older horses, disperse filled legs, treat bruised soles and to prevent circulation problems with box rested horses as well, as treat individual musculoskelatal problems that they may be with us for.

Although it is quite expensive to buy, for competition and rehabilitation yards it is a horse product that is a must and will certainly pay it’s way with its benefits.

Horse Product No. 6

My Horse Pooh Hoover! -  Made by Terravac.

With up to 25  horses I could not manage without my horse poover! Not only to keep the paddocks clean, but also very important for parasite control.    There are a number of different sizes available.


Horse Products No. 7:

We use old  lorry tyres to feed fodder in our shelters and stables.  They are great to save wastage, and safe for the horses to eat around.   As they are a waste product  you should generally  be able to pick them up very cheaply, if not free!

Horse Product No. 8

The summer comes “Horray”, but for horse owners it is also the start of a new set of potential problems.  One of these especially for pink skinned horses is sunburn.  I  have a very good friend Jo, who has been developing over the last 10 years her own organic skin care range, Earthbound Organics, growing her own and harvesting out of the hedges and fields around a lot of her ingredients she uses to produce her products.

2 years ago we adopted a 14.2hh pony from the rspca called Monty for my daughter, Emma to ride.  What a sweety he is, but being skewbald and pink skinned with a very pink nose we found him very susceptible to getting a sunburnt nose.  Jo already had in her range of skin creams an organic sunblock for humans so she immediately got into action and adapted it  slightly for Monty, mainly removing the fragrance so as not to interfer with his delicate sense of smell.   We now market this sunblock as Monty and Emma’s Organic Sun Protection For Horse and Rider.


Well these are just some of my favourite horse products that help me run Hivron Horse Haven efficiently and effectively.  As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, the best advertisement for the best horse products are word of mouth, so if you have any horse products that you would like to recommend then please do so in the comment box below or share them with us  on HHH’s Facebook page.

Many thanks for reading my blog, I hope you have found it informative.

Best Wishes,

Rachel Holman
Hivron Horse Haven





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Horse Care – What To Know About Before Purchasing Your First Horse or Pony!!

Horse Care – Where Do I Start?!

     Having been given my first pony when I was four years old, and being fortunate enough to have spent most of my life with these incredible animals, I hope that I have learnt and picked up some useful knowledge to share a few horse care tips and information that may help the 1st time owner know just what exactly they are letting themselves in for.

As this is my first blog about Horse Care, which is such a vast subject and can be divided into so many categories, I think the best place to start is at The Beginning.

What To Know About Horse Care Before Owning a Horse or Pony!

If I was thinking about purchasing or taking care of a horse for the first time, I would definitely want to do some research about horse care, just like I did when our youngest daughter pleaded with me to let her have a rabbit, or two!    I googled, How To Look After Rabbits!  and we bought a book or two!.

I am generally, a cup half full person!  but for the time being I am going to let this slip and give a few honest negatives as to the price (and I’m not talking about just money) of horse care.

horse care

“If Only Horse Care Was That Simple!”

The Cost Of Horse Care &  Owning a Horse – monetary Wise – Can be  Expensive there is no point in burying our head in the sand here, it is also quite difficult to budget for, every horse or pony has its own different needs and these needs can change over night, usually in the form of vet bills!.  Your feed and fodder bills will go up and down depending on the seasons and horses work load and condition.  Here are a few possible repeated monthly horse care costs.

  • Livery charges if you don’t own your own property, or if DIY
  • Stable and field rent
  • Fodder
  • Feed

Other Costs:

General Equipment i.e

  1. Headcollar and rope,
  2. Saddle and bridle,
  3. Yard Equipment – fork, brush, wheelbarrow, shovel etc.
  4. Brushes
  5. Rugs if necessary.
  6. Buckets
  7. Farrier Trimming if unshod
  8. Horse annual vaccinations.
  9. Annual dental check up and treatment
  10. Worming costs.

Other Possible Horse Care Costs:

  1. Farrier shoeing every 5-9 weeks
  2. Vets bills
  3. Cost of transporting your horse whether by purchasing your own  vehicle or hiring it.
  4. If wanting to compete, the cost of entries.
  5. Lessons, we all need help at some point!.
  6. Your Time – Time is one of the most precious things you can give when owning a horse or pony.  The interaction you have with your horse will ensure the bond and understanding needed to have maximum enjoyment from your partnership.

Whether on a budget or not horse care is not for the faint hearted, it is also a twice daily commitment, in any weather, unless you are lucky enough to be able to afford full livery help.

You might question why I have started out on perhaps, you could say, this negative way of thinking about owning a horse or pony, when I have spent my life with horses.  I have looked after many rescue horses and I want to make it so clear to people that they realise the extent of the commitment that they are about to make when purchasing or loaning a horse for the first time.   I am certain that the majority of people make this decision with all the best intentions,  after all what is it that we get from our equine friends?

  • Friendship
  • A Bond like no other
  • Healthy outdoor living
  • A unique confidence
  • Exhilaration
  • A reason to get up in the morning!
  • Responsibility
  • Good Excercise
  • A hobby, which is more of a way of life really.

What fantastic reasons for owning a  horse, but if you haven’t got the time or the budget to be able to sustain the committment of horse care, please, please don’t go there!   Our horse charities are full of horses and ponies, who for different reasons have ended up in terrible states without homes, thank goodness for these charities, who can give these poor horses and ponies a second chance in life. A great way to attract more horses in your vicinity is establish horsing sports through an arena. Lobbing for your townhall to call for those Horse arena construction services would surely increase traction of horses in your area.

Other Resourses For Learning About Horse Care:

To learn about horse care The British Horse Society run specially designed courses to give a comprehensive knowledge about owning a horse or pony.

The British Horse Society

    Before taking the plunge my advice would be to go to visit a Riding School, take some riding lessons, stable management lessons and generally learn about horse care.

    My intention is not to put anyone off owning a horse, because if you can do it you will have some of  the most wonderful experiences of your life and stories to tell with it.  My aim is to tell some true facts that will hopefully enable people to know what horse care involves and to make an informed decision about whether to own one or not.

    Now I have got that off my chest and if  I have not put you off wanting to experience a  long and enjoyable partnership developing with an equine friend, I hope that you will join me in the future on other horse care blogs, as and when I put my fingers to the keyboard in between looking after our equine guests here at Hivron Horse Haven.

    I have put together a collection of handy books to choose from, that will definitely help you to learn an awful lot about horse care and towards becoming a competent horse or pony owner.

    Many thanks for reading my first Horse Care blog.

Best Wishes,

Rachel Holman

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Horse Videos – My Favourite Amazing, Incredible, Unbelievable,Funny Horse Videos!!

Horse Videos To Spoil Us!

     It is pouring down with rain outside, all our horses are fed and comfortable, and so I thought that I would come inside and find and share with you a few rather special horse videos to spoil us on this horrible murky day!

Here we go, get yourself a cup of your favourite  –   sit down, relax and enjoy!

This is one of my favourite horse videos from the Martin Clunes tv series.


     Wasn’t that fabulous!  You can find other horse videos on the Martin Clunes TV series by going to YouTube and typing in Martin Clunes Horse Power in the YouTube browser.


KLAUS F.HEMPFLING – Dancing With Horses – Incredible!

For more about this unique trainer click on the book image below to see how it is possible to develop the trust and harmony we all strive to achieve with our equine friends.

horse videos


     Funny horse videos are great, but quite often they are more than just funny.     This one below shows the incredible trust and bond that a horse can have with its owners.  It is called “THE UNBELIEVABLE HORSE”……….Enjoy!


This Is definitely One of My Favourite Funny, Awe Inspiring Horse Videos!!

     Well, it is still raining, but I have to go out and do some work now.  I’ve had fun finding these horse videos for us all to enjoy.

     Good Bye until next time.

     Best Wishes,

     Rachel Holman,

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Horse Laminitis

Horse Laminitis -  What is Laminitis and How Can It be diagnosed?

I recently attended a talk by Robert A Eustace Cert.e.o. Cert. e.p. Frcvs., about Horse Laminitis,  Robert is a founder member and a Director of The Laminitis Trust, the only registered charity dedicated to supporting research into horse laminitis.   He has spent most of his working life studying, and researching Horse Laminitis, and runs his own horse laminitis clinic in Wiltshire.  During the talk we were given precious information about this horrible condition, one of the most common causes of lameness and disability of horses and ponies in this country.   I feel much more informed about the condition now and the information that I have gained will help me be much more astute when dealing with laminitis prone or simply preventing the start of it.
Information is key and so I hope that what I share with you about Horse Laminitis will be of  benefit to you as your role as a horse carer.

What is Horse Laminitis?

More causes of Horse Laminitis are listed below, but generally the main one is that the horse overeats too many carbohydrates from either gorging on too much grass or hard feed.  Over a period, as the horse eats more glucose than it needs for maintenance; the excess energy is laid down as fat, eventually causing, what is now being recognised as a metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance,  predisposing to Horse Laminitis.

Causes of Horse Laminitis:

  1. Obesity:   Overeating!                    
  2. Toxemia: Any systemic disease involving a septic or toxic focus i.e., pneumonia, pleurisy, diarrhoea, colic (particularly following colic surgery), purulent metritis.
  3. Trauma:   Fast work or jumping on hard ground can bring on horse laminitis.
  4. Improper foot dressing of chronic founder cases allowing either, a build up of hyperplastic laminar horn beneath the front part of the wall, or excessive heel growth leading to a broken forward phalangeal axis; both these will lead to chronic or recurrent bouts of  lameness.
  5. Corticosteroid drugs:  The administration of corticosteroid drugs to susceptible or stressed animals can induce horse laminitis.
  6. Hormonal:
  7. Mares who develope an infection after birth can suffer from laminitis in the future.
  8. Any stress such as overworking unfit horses, prolonged travelling in hot (or cold) conditions, anthelmintic treatments (particularly double doses of pyrantel) or vaccination may result in laminitis in some animals. Certain cream treatments for the treatment of sarcoids seem to be related to the onset of horse laminitis and founder.
  9. Cushings Disease:  This is a condition which creates an abnormality with the pituatary gland in the head.  One of the effects of cushings can often be the start of horse laminitis.


  •     Hot feet are not always a sign of laminitis, a horse foot temperature will fluctuate throughout the day, but regular feeling of your horses feet will give you a good indication as to what is normal for your horse.
  •     By taking the digital pulse regularly of your horse at the point of the fetlock, you will be able to judge when or if the pulse is stronger or faster than normal at resting time, therefore you can identify pain or inflammation in your horse hooves, or determine if there are possibly larger issues affecting your horse.  A higher or faster pulse indicates that there is something not quite right.
    happening within one or both feet.  This image above indicates where to take the digital pulse by placing you thumb or first finger over the artery that runs in the groove formed between the flexor tendons and the suspensory.
  • Horse Laminitis can affect one or all four feet.

If your horse is standing with his weight bearing on his heels as image below,                
This is a good indication that he has laminitis in his front feet:

      A horse with laminitis in his back feet will tuck his hind legs under him trying to get the weight off his hind feet toes.  Sometimes in acute cases they will refuse to walk on because of the pain.

The Different Types of Laminitis:

    The severity of horse laminitis has been divided into four groups by the research done by the Laminitis Trust clinic:  Below are the explanations of each group as described by the Horse Laminitis Trust:

Group A:  Horse LaminitisCases were assigned to Group A if they had clinically normal hooves, and no hoof distortions characteristic of chronic founder. These animals had abnormally strong pulsation in the digital arteries of affected feet, tended to adopt a heel-loading and toe-relieving stance, and sometimes showed pain over the dorsal part of the soles of the feet. They sometimes showed resentment to light palpation around the coronary band and shifted their weight from one foot to another.

Group B. – Acute Founder cases. Cases were assigned to Group B if their hooves were similar to Group A but additionally had palpable depressions just above the coronary band. These depressions extended a variable distance (but not all the way) around the coronary band. Coronary depressions were evaluated by running a finger down the pastern and over the coronary band: In the normal horse the finger tends to slide over the coronet and onto the hoof wall; if a depression is present the finger tends to lodge just above the coronary band. The severity of lameness was often but not always greater for Group B cases than for Group A cases.

Group C. – Sinkers  – All sinkers showed depressions which extended the full length of the coronary band. They also showed a bounding digital pulse and reluctance to move or to have a limb lifted. Some cases adopted a toe-relieving stance, others tended to stand flat and shift weight moving in a heavy flat-footed manner, slapping the feet down in a similar way to cases of cervical maladjustment syndrome (wobbler). However none of the sinkers in this study showed signs of chronic founder.

Group D. – Chronic Founder. These cases showed changes in the foot characteristic of chronic founder. Changes included a broken back hoof-pastern axis, over-grown or concave dorsal hoof walls, stretched white lines from quarter to quarter, and divergent growth rings on the hoof walls with the rings being wider at the heels than the toes. There was relative over-growth of the heels and the soles were flat or convex. On palpation the coronary bands often seemed soft or indistinct and the skin seemed to merge directly with the horn. Some of these animals were also demonstrating the signs of laminitis or acute founder. Nevertheless, all cases showing characteristic signs of chronic founder were classified as such in Group D.

Treatment of Horse Laminitis:

The sooner the condition is spotted and treatment starts, the more likely that the horse will return to normal health again, if left untreated horse laminitis can be fatal.

Whether acute or just the start of the symptoms the initial treatment is the same.

  • The vet called to diagnose the severity of the laminitis.
  • The horse or pony should be given the appropriate dose of painkillers such as  phenylbutozone (bute)
  • Stabled on a thick bed of clean shavings for soft support allowing the animal to position his feet how he is most comfortable.
  • Offered a high fibre diet, (hay, high fibre chaff, laminitic specialist feed)
  • Do not walk or attempt to excersise the patient, apart from likely causing further damage, horse laminitis is an extremely painful and stressful condition.
  • A frog support bandaged to the underneath of the hoof  in most cases will be of great benefit to the patient.  The effect will be immediate relief.  If the horse is less comfortable it is likely that an absess has formed beneath the sole, this will have to be treated before the frog supports can be used.
  • Depending on the severity of the condition will depend on the future treatment from now on.  Mild cases should see the patient recovering to normal health by continuing the same  treatment, but lessening the amount of painkillers as the days move on. Usually within 2-3 weeks the animal will be back to normal health..
  • The more severe cases may need plastic glue on shoes to be fitted. Many horses do well in heart bar shoes and the additional of a hospital plate can improve the comfort of those with abnormally sensitive soles or those with solar prolapse.
  • More aggressive surgery has been performed on very severe cases with good results. Refer to The Laminitis Trust site for specific details of treatments and their results..

Prevention Is Better Than Cure!

So how can we prevent horse laminitis?

Any horse or pony allowed to graze for 24 hours, 7 days a week on normal pasture could become laminitic! so..

  • Restrict grazing especially on lush pasture by possibly strip grazing.
  • Stable or put your horse in a yard area during the day with a bite of hay.   The grasses sugars are at its highest during the day.
horse laminitis

A sheltered yarded area at Hivron Horse Haven, with very little grass used for the fatty club during the day!!

  • If you are feeding high concentrate feed, monitor your quantities.
  • Graze with sheep and cattle.
  • Put a nose muzzle on to restrict quantity input. Although this method can be quite effective, care must be taken to make sure that there is nothing in the field to get the nosebag caught up on!
  • Do not put fertilisers on the pastures.
  • Soil test your pasture.  If you pasture has a well balanced nutrient base, the animals grazing it will have a better chance of sustaining a good metabolic system.
  • If you supplement your horses fibre intake, use feed that have the Horse Laminitis Trust Approval Mark , such as Equi Life and Spillers Happy Hoof.  The Mark was created after extensive research by the Laminitis Trust, for owners to indentify feeds that are suitable for laminitic prone or good doers!   Approval is given to feeds which reach certain standards as outlined by the Scientific Committee of the Laminitis Trust.  Take a good look at the Mark below, there are similar Marks created by other companies!!
  • horse laminitisAvoid jumping or fast work on hard ground, this can result in trauma to the laminae and the onslaught of horse laminitis.
  • Think carefully what wormers or drugs are prescribed for your horse or pony.  Injecting short acting corticosteroids into joints can cause severe laminitis.
  • Keep stress to a minimum.

Well, I could go on and on, because the subject of Horse Laminitis is vast.   Hopefully I have covered enough so that more of us can be a little more informed about this horrible condition and work towards preventing such attacks.

If you would like to know a little more about what we do at Hivron Horse Haven then click here to visit our site.    We cater for horse laminitis cases, our ground and system lends itself very well to the condition.

Thank you for reading my  my blog I hope you have enjoyed it and found it informative.  Please contact me if I can help with any questions, you can find all your answers to queries about Horse Laminitis by following the links above.

Best Wishes,

Rachel Holman




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Retirement Home For Horses!!

Retirement Home For Horses – This is Hivron Horse Haven’s first blog!!

     This is an exciting time for me because over the past year, as well as running a Retirement Home For Horses I have also been learning how to promote our business over the internet – hence my first blog on my newly created website     by me.     What do you think?

      I don’t want to go into too much detail about our Retirement Home For Horses in this blog, because you really need to go and visit our website! to see for yourself.  You will meet our logo called Hector, who has been with us since the beginning in 2004, whoops looks like he has already snuck in!:


 Horses have always been a part of my life, since I was 4 years old.   Running the Retirement Home For Horses here in Mid Wales has been such a pleasure and an honour for me to be able to give something back to these beautiful creatures.   

      You might wonder where did the retirement home idea for horses come from:    A sad story I am afraid.  I had a bad experience from loaning out a lovely old TB, which cut a long story short ended up with him pretty emaciated, lame on two feet and a bad case of rain scald.    He belonged to an ex, who when he moved out left the old horse, who was 16 years young with me!        I should have retired him then,  but I thought that he was too young to retire and would be happier doing something    - How wrong I was and how quilty I felt when I collected him 9 months later on in this pittiful state.   It was then that I wondered what did the average person do with their faithful equine friend when either circumstances or health determined that they would have to retire them,   hence the idea of a Retirement For Horses came about.

      The timing also was perfect, Andy and I were due our first baby, so I knew working committments were going to have to change for me.  So putting bad experience, babies, having to change my work committments , small property, wanting to work with horses and yes once again the idea:  Retirement Home For Horses seemed the perfect solution.

     Below is a photo of my horse Eclipse, he gave me the idea for my logo, or should I say Hector!

     Eclipse is also in our Retirement Home For Horses gallery together with more photos of our horse guests.

     We also cater for box rest horses, horses needing restricted turnout after convalescing from an injury or illness and the rehabilitation work needed to aid their recovery ,or just resting from competition work.    We will also offer accommodation to horses when their owners themselves want a rest and go on holiday!

     Talking of holidays, we are very lucky to live in a very beautiful part of Mid Wales.  Visitors are very welcome and we have some wonderful scenery such as the Elan Valley Dams near us to help you relax and enjoy your visit.

     I know that this blog sounds like a bit of an advert for our Retirement Home For Horses, but being my first blog I thought it fitting to tell you all about us and what we do.      The decision when and how to retire your horse can sometimes be a difficult one.  Being able to care for a horse that is recoverying from an injury can sometimes be a tricky one too, and this is where stables like ours can give the owners peace of mind that their horse or pony is being cared for professionally by experienced caring staff, in a non stressful and peaceful environment.   

      I hope you have enjoyed my introduction to our Retirement Home For Horses.  Please feel free to ask for advice or comment and get in touch even if it is not our retirement home for horses that you are particularly interested in.

      Thank you for reading my blog about Hivron Horse Haven – our Retirement Home For Horses.

       Best Wishes,

       Rachel Holman

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