Fell Pony

A Fell Pony. Coming from Cumbria these are one of the smaller,

‘cob’ size, traditional working horses (photo: Paul, innovative commons). For 2 horses you will need a minimum of an acre of grazing, probably more to permit for some pasture rotation (see ‘health’ below). Fencing must be at least 4 feet 6 inches high and should not be sheep netting or barbed wire, both of which can lead to injury for horses.

If you can manage it, post and rail is a really good option, but it can be very pricey. A lot of working horse types are durable and can live out all year round, nevertheless they need to always have a field shelter. Ideally your field shelter should have a partial 4th wall rather than being totally open-fronted, to supply defense from the wind and rain in the worst weather condition.

This may be a field shelter with a door, or it might be a separate stable. Horse pulling a narrowboat on a British canal. Horses require a high percentage of their diet plan to be roughage; they ought to be provided plenty grazing, supplemented by good quality hay or haylage especially in the winter season.

Depending how difficult your horse is working, and its individual metabolic process, constant access to great quality yard and hay may be all your horse needs, perhaps with a little sugar beet and alfalfa for additional energy in the winter season. If your horse starts to lose condition in the winter then you may need to offer more concentrated feeds, this could be a mixture of grains and vegetables such as peas, however ought to make up a small part of your horses diet and be fed in percentages (i.

2 or 3 times a day instead of simultaneously). Horses should always have access to tidy drinking water and a mineral lick. The Highland pony is a durable pony native to Scotland. They can be an excellent choice for those searching for a little working animal (picture: Velvet, innovative commons).

Opinions vary on just how much a horse ought to be groomed,

with some individuals thoroughly brushing their horses every day and others only hardly ever. At the minimum you should ensure your horse’s legs and feet do not remain caked in mud and brush the sweat off them after they have actually been working.

Grooming your horse is a possibility to examine them for any issues such as lice. Many working horses in the UK are shod, especially if they will be strolling on difficult surfaces. Horses can likewise be offered specialist shoes if they will be working on slippery ground. Shoes are around 100 a set, and need to be changed every 6-8 weeks.

this includes trimming the hoof in a manner that mimics the natural wearing process (of a wild horse on diverse surface). Advocates of this technique state it not just promotes a more powerful, much healthier hoof however prevents other leg and foot issues by maintaining the horses natural movement. If you decrease this route your horses feet will still need routine trimming and attention by a knowledgeable person.

Great pasture management can assist avoid this ending up being a problem. Research study pasture rotation systems, where locations of grazing are rested for time periods. Removing dung from the field also assists, though it can be time consuming job. It utilized to be suggested that horses be wormed every 12 weeks, nevertheless, it is very important not to treat your animals for worms more typically than essential, as this can lead to resistance to the medications.

You can now easily buy sets to do this yourself, or you can send faecal samples to a laboratory who will do it for you. Find an excellent veterinarian who has experience with horses and inspect your horses over everyday. Discover to look out for signs of typical problems such as laminitis and colic.

Shire Horse in show
Shire Horse in show

A young Clydesdale. this type originated in Scotland, it is among the bigger draught horses, though tends not to be quite as tall as the Shire (photo: Kersti Nebelsiek, imaginative commons). Training horses is a huge subject, and there are several methods and techniques. If you prepare to do this make sue you have the aid of an experienced person who is generous with their time, and expect it to take many moths to train a horse to dependably work in harness.

When this is going efficiently you can start to believe about putting executes or machinery to them, ideally starting with a job with which the horse recognizes. Dealing with horses can be unsafe, however experience will help you remove the risk element. You can’t eliminate the danger completely though you’ll require to be fit and strong yourself, and have great deals of typical sense.

Always look for the aid of someone more knowledgeable if you are unsure.

Training a young Irish Cob to harness using long-reining (one in an excellent series of videos on training). A fundamental harness can be very simple, depending on the task. For horse logging you’ll require a collar, a basic pulling harness, chains and spreader bar which will pertain to around 350.

You can make your own harnesses if you have leather-working abilities. If you’re doing work off-site for other individuals, you’ll need insurance and risk evaluations. You’ll also require security gear such as steel-toecap boots and a difficult hat, and if you’re a novice, you’ll require somebody working with you. For horse logging, you’ll require chainsaw accreditation and a felling licence from the Forestry Commission even by yourself land.

Ellie and Mike Paddock run Drawback In Farm Working Horses in West Devon. They satisfied in 2015 whilst working in horse logging in Hereford. Mike was the British Horse Loggers first apprentice prior to ending up being the head horseman to the Prince of Wales. Ellie is a preservation biologist by training who has actually been an eager carriage driver considering that the age of 14.