‘Free for a loving home’

‘Free for a loving home’All I see, scrolling on social media, are horses offered up as ‘paddock mates’, for ‘a good home’. People have used up everything they can from their horse, and when the horse can no longer give, the horse must go. Often, the owners not having fulfilled the horse’s basic needs as a species and having subjected the horse to forceful training and ‘use’, is the reason the horse is now kaput in the first place.The 6-year-old horse that had to make place for the new shiny ridable horse, and will be put to sleep in little over a week if no one can provide a ‘loving home’ for the horse, took the cake for me. It is only a matter of time, before the new shiny horses will meet the same faith.

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IS IT REALLY NECESSARY?

A lot of what we do with horses on a daily basis might not always be in their best interest.In the past 6,000 years we relied on Horses for our survival.But in developed countries, we have not relied on horses purely for our survival for at least 60 years

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Organic mourning on the track

I have lost 5 horses over the course of 23 years, of which my first and childhood love Jimmy. Jimmy’s passing affected me so heavily I had to go into therapy. I was this always happy, outgoing funny person, always singing, always making fun, always laughing… Jimmy’s passing changed that forever. I became an entirely new person, I had to learn who I was and how to live all over again, without Jimmy. 

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Making the transition (to the track system)

I think it was 15 years ago when I read the book Paddock Paradise from Jaime Jackson and since then I always dreamed of having that for my horses. Alas, our little equestrian facility is rather small, and we had already spent a lot of money on traditional stables, arena etc. and that set up, to my mind would not function to make a track. Also, we had around 7 to 9 horses on the premises, of which 4 or 5 were horses in training. My own 5 horses could not even be together in a paddock as they would fight to the death.

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On creating social foals

✅ IT IS SPRING AND MANY FOALS ARE BORN. 🥰How these new horses start their first months and years have a profound either positive or negative effect on the the rest of his or her life.

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