TRACK LIFE

Read all about my first hand experiences of living the track life and  how I use Calm Healthy Horses Products to complement my management and training protocols along with the experiences of others who have also discovered how to tweak their management, optimise their horses diets and resolve issues that were preventing them from acheving the best for thier horses.
 
 

Social Media Jigsaw

At Calm Healthy Horses we rely on our FB page and posts as an important method of communicating with you.  From there you can contact me in the UK if you want to ask about specific issues so I can help you work out what you can do to improve the situation for your...

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Blue, Cross canter & sacro-iliac

Blue is a seven year old ISH that Nicky has owned for three years.  She came to Nicky as a 5-year-old, being lightly started and having bred a foal.  She is kept with Nicky's other horse Trio (see his story also) on livery where they are stabled and turned out onto...

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Trio’s story

Trio is a 17’ Irish sport horse.  He is ISH bred and came to his Nicky his owner when he was 5 years old.   He is a very calm horse that tries his best. But as Nicky progressed his training as a riding and jumping horse, she started to realise that he was quite stuffy...

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Layla, Headshaking and compromised

It takes someone with real determination to turn around a horse like ‘Layla’! When Helen contacted me in July 2018 the issues she outlined smacked of chronic mineral imbalances. Helen had tried to get advice from her vets but they could only recommend starting a list...

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Problems with Protein

Protein exists as a genuine ‘food’ source consisting of amino-acids (individual proteins) joined in a chain with a nitrogen molecule on each end.  Examples of protein rich foodstuffs are Lucerne (alfalfa), soy-bean, rape-seed, linseed (flaxseed) and other vegetable...

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Diet and Training

Before I realised that my horses were eating an inappropriate diet, I believed that everything could be fixed by training - unless the horse had a clinical issue which of course needed my vet and expensive medication. Back then, I spent most of my time worrying about...

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Bio-Diversity and the Diet

Quite rightly, people are cottoning on to the fact that horses in nature have a 'diverse' range of options available to them as forage.  This has lead to a view that herbal preparations can provide a substitute source of the nutritional variety that horses experience...

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Management Protocols

There are hundreds of products on the modern feed market and even more ideas about why they represent the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of horse nutrition. As a result, a lot of us owners soon get quite confused about what is best for our horses. Over the years...

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Whats in your bucket ?

The simple balanced bucket that we advocate is not designed to trick the horse into eating something he doesn’t want or need. As long as changes are made slowly, horses soon appreciate a healthier bucket feed that provides the nutritents they need - without the...

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When I use Alleviate C

In the beginning, when horses have issues, we recommend feeding GrazeEzy and Alleviate C in combination.   In simple terms, Alleviate C  is designed to address the “grass affected” issues we see when our horses' mineral profile is unbalanced. When this happens, horses...

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A compromised horse part 1

This is LuLu.  She is a 22 year old quarter horse who joined me and my two boys on track in September 2018.  Although LuLu is a very talented and well bred quarter horse, she has always been compromised.  Louise her owner has been with her since she was a four year...

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Track Alternatives

Not everyone is in a position to use the track system as their method of horse  management. For perfectly good reasons, other people don't want to! There are definitely other systems that work really well for some people and their horses.  In my experience, it is...

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Why I Love the Track Life

Here are the reasons why I find the track system approach to horse management so effective for my horses and why it works so well for me.There are other ways to  successfully manage your horse, so if you are unable to create your own track, do not despair!   The...

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When I use GrazeEzy

You might think - 'why, if your horses live on a grass free track, do you need to feed GrazeEzy?'  The thing is, that grass in the UK is really hard to get rid of! It can springs up anywhere - but generally does so along the fence lines and anywhere on the main track...

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Conquering the Green Carpet

Always keep in mind the difference between a horse’s natural environment: a vast semi desert biome and conditions in the UK , which are regualry   warm, wet and very organic . Then unless you are very lucky, your horse is confined in a small paddock where his normal...

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