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THE AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES OF VITAMIN C AND HORSES:

Case after case, we have seen the miracle of Vitamin C go to work to help to heal horses from a wide variety of conditions and ailments, over and over again, during the last ten years of running our horse rescue centre.


From wounds to disease and illnesses-to hoof abscesses and thrush, muscle and joint inflammation, to mud fever, to skin allergies and a whole array of dermatitic conditions, to eye problems, and stomach ulcers, to laminitis, to damaged tendons and ligaments, to conditions involving stress and colds, and every other ailment in horses in between.

FLOAT TRAINING WITH TRACTOR TYRES

For anyone who has struggled to float a horse, this can be an invaluable training game that will help your horse be braver in small spaces....making it perfect to help with float training....without the need for a float itself.

What do you need: 2 OLD LARGE TRACTOR TYRES and a shovel and about an hour's hard work digging.

Cost:approx $5-10 each tyre from a tyre dealer or farmer etc

TO MAKE IT:Just dig 2 slots in firm ground and insert tractor tyres upright like they were still on the tractor-pack firmly with the spare soil-there should be enough room between them for a horse to fit through as shown.

MAKE AN EASY LEAN TO-FAIRLY PRICED AND EFFECTIVE

It won't be long before we get into the cold and wet winters here in New Zealand, so I thought I would share our idea for a cheap and easy lean to or field shelter as they are sometimes called.

Ours cost about $300 and was made over a weekend....plus if you make it less than 10sq meters in size you don't need a permit either.
So we put ours up against our food room and managed to get away with using only 2 posts for the frame, but most of you will need 4 posts for the main supports-you want the chunky square posts as shown-h treated at about $25 per post-we dug our holes and sank these in with a easy product called post-crete.

HOW TO MAKE AN EASY HORSE AGILITY HOOP -

I am really pleased to be promoting the excellent and fun sport of Horse Agility within New Zealand, and thought I would share with you on how to make some obstacles. This post is about the Hoop.

The lengths and heights stated below depend on the size of the horse your hoop is being built for-we have minis to draft horses so went for the biggest size as to fit the big fellas.


You will need
2 x wooden rods about 8ft high and broom handle thickness -these cost bout $15-$20 for pair
1 old flexible rod such around 7ft long-we used one from old dome tent pole -also available as a cloche pole from Mitre 10 $20

HOW TO MAKE A QUICK AND EASY FIELD SHELTER

See brave Nemo, who used to be terrified of tarps enjoying the spot under the shelter-We were lucky to have our tack room to add this too but you can also make these with a back and sides on for between $100 to $200 depending on how many sides and posts you need. They are so easy to do too-Just dig 4 holes and concrete in 4 large posts-at about $20 each from your local timber merchant who often will delivery for a small fee too, plus post mix at around $5 per bag. Then add tarpaulins to the top, back and sides as required at a cots of between $10-$15 each-try not to use black or dark colours for the tarps or will look like a cave-so the lighter the better.