We appreciate there is
nothing “natural” about horses ever being with humans, especially after we have
used them as a primary source of food for our own needs for many thousands of
So I hope you will all realise what a huge privilege it is for your
horse to allow us to ride on their backs and therefore we feel that it is only
fair that we listen to their needs rather than forcing our constrains and
ideals upon them, no matter how good our intensions.
After many years of
studying the various methods of horse care and riding options along with
working with abused and emotionally damaged rescue horses for rehabilitation, it is our conclusion
that all domestic horses are far happier in general in as much of a natural
environment as possible and we can mimic that lifestyle for our horses without any
of the downsides such as predators or them having to starve to death.
So with this in mind, we
ask you to take this into consideration when managing your horses care at home
and when riding.
Therefore we promote
these easy, practical and everyday methods that can be used at home, when
grazing or when out and about, as a key to success with the WHOLE HORSE in a
bid to give him or her what they need rather than what we want to give
However please remember not
one of these aspects will work alone!
For example-a good
barefoot trim is not the answer to having an excellent barefoot horse and any good
barefoot trimmer will tell you that hoof horn only grows as good as the food that
is fed into your horse himself and that must be of the correct and natural type of diet that he
has evolved to eat-again not that we want to give him.
Unfortunately this means
in reality that within most of New Zealand, your horse cannot be left on full
time pasture, as ryegrass is not a NATURAL FOOD for horses-it DOES NOT offer safe
nutrients as it can and does kill many horses throughout NZ every year through
laminitis, staggers and colic induced illnesses and sadly many other also perish
which are not realised by the owners to be grass related.
So with this in mind Natural
Horse promotes an all round Natural approach to all aspects of the horse from restricting
grass but allowing 24/7 turnout by tracked grazing (not strip grazing) to bitless
riding and barefoot trimming, being rugless without clipping using shelter to
regulate and adapt to correct temperatures as well as living with other horses
is an absolute must and anyone who has a horse alone needs to realise that
horses need others of their own kind for peace of mind just like we do.
aspect of natural horse care is how we communicate with our horses including their
training and therefore we promote the use of equine psychology as a practical
and fair way of educating these wonderful animals in a language that they
understand, along with the gentle use of non invasive tack in order to encourage
a healthy and fair partnership between horse and rider.
I hope we have encouraged
you to at least think about some of the above topics that we have mentioned as you
might want to consider a more Natural lifestyle for your horses
too-we guarantee they will improve in both health and behaviour plus
they will thank you for it :)
Please read through our pages for more
information on Natural Options or email us for advice as we're always happy to
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