The British Horse Society

Boasting more than 100,000 members, the British Horse Society is one of the UK’s oldest equine charities. By educating people about animal care, it is instrumental in ensuring horse welfare is looked after. It is one of 19 organisations making…

Horse Whispering

Horse whispering is a method of training horses that dates from the early 19th century. Especially beneficial for horses who are traumatised, or particularly wild, it involves “speaking” to the horse and being intuitive enough to understand his needs and…

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The Original Black Beauty

English author Anna Sewell, who wrote the famous Victorian novel Black Beauty, had a lifelong love of horses and was a campaigner for the humane treatment of animals. In an era when there was little legislation to protect animals, she…

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Polo: The Sport of Kings

Polo is known as the sport of kings, yet its image as an activity for the upper classes is changing in the 21st century. People have been playing polo on horseback for more than 2,000 years and it has long…

Pit Ponies: Life Underground

Pit ponies were first used down the mines in Britain as long ago as 1750. At one time, around 70,000 of the miniature horses worked underground, even living in stables in the pits and seeing daylight only once a year.…

Get off your Horse and Drink your Milk!

The legendary American actor John Wayne was arguably the most famous star of cowboy films during the golden era of Hollywood. The 6ft 4in Academy Award-winner starred in 142 films – after honing his acting skills by spending time with…

Little Donkey: Carry Mary

The famous Christmas song, Little Donkey, is 60 years old this year – yet it remains one of the most popular songs of the festive season and is a staple of many children’s nativity plays. It was written in 1959…

The Working Horse

The role of the horse has changed dramatically over the past two centuries. In the mid-19th century, the horse was mainly a working animal and rarely became a family pet. Before the days of motorised transport and agricultural machinery, horses…

Horse Teeth: What you Should Know

It’s very important to keep up with the health and hygiene of your horse – don’t forget to treat your horse’s teeth with care. Our equine friends’ unique dental structure means their teeth are prone to abnormal wear, which can…

How to take care of your Riding Tack

The typical British weather can make horse care a challenge, but it’s not just your horse that needs looking after! Harsh weather conditions can have a detrimental effect on your riding tack as well. Looking after it properly is extremely…