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Laminitis – what is...

Laminitis is a devastating disease of the hoof that can result in the end of the horse’s athletic career, or worse still euthanasia. It is one of the most common causes of death in the horse – second only to colic. In this article, our veterinary ...

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A Formula for Success

I love buying horses. It’s like a drug addiction, only controlled by my lack of facilities and my husband guarding the credit card. I’m not really sure what it is that I’m so addicted to – lets be real, each new horse is more work,...

Niall Connolly of Ravensdale...

It was with terrible sadness that I heard late yesterday of the untimely death of Niall Connolly, the man behind the wonderful venue of Ravensdale Lodge, just outside Dundalk, Co. Louth. Niall was a true gentleman, dedicated to his family, his friends and...

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No rest for the...

All the horses are back in work again after their breaks. With the weather being so mild some of them are having their second clip already! We are really lucky to have Clippers Ireland as one of our sponsors, so we have no shortage of sets of clippers in ...

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Joseph Murphy Cross Country...

Joseph Murphy – Eventing Ireland’s leading rider for the last 3 years running and one of our fantastic HorsePlay bloggers – will continue his series of weekend Cross Country / Jumping clinics in December at his yard in Co Down. The dat...

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Top 6 Horsey ideas...

Whether you’re a Christmas fanatic or have a bit of the ‘bah-humbugs’ about you, there’s no escaping the fact that the ‘Christmas season’ seems to get earlier and earlier each year and is now most certainly ‘upon us’! This extended Christm...

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Week ending 29th November...

With two weeks remaining of the 2015 season at Ravensdale Lodge, show organisers are putting the finishing touches to the new season schedules and the final show of the year, the annual “Bumper” Christmas show which will be held on Sunday 27th...

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An excercise using transitions...

The last exercise – ‘improving the jumping canter’ – gave the rider a way to achieve the balance and feel for the proper stride patterns required for jumping a track of fences. As you know, the canter is king to perform these kind of exercises...

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Week ending 22nd November...

With only three weeks of their current autumn / winter run remaining, show organisers at Ravensdale Lodge are putting the finishing touches to next year’s opening winter / spring season schedule.  The year has flown by and thoughts are now focusing...