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Alison O Callaghan

Alison O’Callaghan is an avid equestrian and writer who has been around horses all her life. Her first pony, Humphrey, was a rescue animal and she spent more times on the floor than she cares to remember!

However, with time and patience, they developed a partnership, competing successfully in show jumping competitions.

Alison has spent many years in the equestrian industry, and her main passion is training young horses and off the track Thoroughbreds. She believes each horse she encounters is a learning experience.

Horse Boarding Guide: Types, Costs & FAQs

The time has finally come that you can afford to buy your own horse. Great! However, owning a horse comes with endless responsibilities and it shouldn’t be a rash decision. When announcing your plans to family and friends, you might hear “But where is the horse is going to live?” This is something you should …

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5 Horse Fencing Options For Your Paddock

When choosing the right fencing for your horse paddock, there are many options available to you. However, no one type of fence is suitable for every horse, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Whatever material you choose, it must be safe, providing a secure barrier to contain your horses and keep out unwanted …

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5 Best Cordless & Battery Powered Horse Clippers

Are you looking for the best cordless horse clippers? Once winter hits, our horses grow thick woolly coats, often resembling a fluffy teddy bear! This extra-long hair provides warmth and protection against the cold, allowing them to live outside without a rug. Why Should You Clip Your Horse? Clipping your horse minimizes sweating considerably and …

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11 Types of Horse Riding Saddles & Their Uses

The saddle is an essential piece of equipment required for riding. It provides comfort and security to the rider, allowing them to maintain a balanced position on their horse. Horse saddles come in different types with a variety of shapes, sizes and designs for different equestrian disciplines. The earliest saddles were no more than a …

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A Guide to Natural & Artificial Horse Gaits

The horse differs from other animals as it can move using several different gaits. A gait describes the horse’s way of going. The foot sequence distinguishes each one, along with the number of footfalls, before the pattern starts again. They are either natural, ambling or artificial. Here we look at the different horse gaits to …

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English vs Western Horse Riding: What is the Difference?

English vs western riding? Which one should you choose? If you are considering learning horseback riding, you may wonder how the two riding styles differ and which one is easier. Although the two horse riding styles share similarities in the basics of riding, there are also many differences in the techniques, tack, riding attire and …

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10 Best Horse Breeds for Beginners & First Time Owners

The best horse breeds for beginner riders are calm, gentle, safe, and reliable with a hard-working attitude. Learning to ride takes time. A novice rider needs to gain proper balance, requiring a horse that gives them confidence in the saddle and forgives their mistakes. The horse is preferably neither too forward-going or too slow and …

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7 Best Stall & Boredom Toys for Horses

Giving your horse a toy is a great way to enrich their environment. For domesticated horses, we need to simulate the environment that nature intended through regular exercise, interaction with other horses, and daily turnouts. As intelligent and active creatures, confinement can be somewhat boring and stressful. Many horses develop stress-related vices like cribbing, weaving, …

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Why Do Horses Need Shoes & Types of Horseshoes

Have you ever wondered why horses are the only animals that wear shoes? But what is the purpose of horseshoes? And do horses need them? Here we look at the reasons for shoeing horses. Finding out a little about their history and discussing the hotly debated horseshoe versus barefoot argument. What Is A Horseshoe? A …

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5 Best Horse Grooming Kits & Brush Sets

Horse grooming kits have long been a staple piece of equipment for most horse owners. Grooming is an essential task to keep your horse healthy and happy. Grooming not only keeps the horse clean but also increases the circulation to the skin, massages the muscles, and releases necessary oils for a shiny coat. It also …

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5 Best Types of Horse Bedding & Their Uses

Choosing the right type of stall bedding for your horse is essential for their health, comfort, and safety. There are many different types available from the traditional straw and wood shavings to modern alternatives like rubber mats, making it quite overwhelming for horse owners. We’ll discuss which factors you should consider when choosing the right …

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