All natural horse care in the west of Ireland

Barefoot Trimming Course
Friday, 24 April 2015

Natural hoof care for horse owners

Introductory course at the ISPCA National Animal Centre, Derryglogher, Keenagh,  Co Longford

13 May 2015, Cost  €80

This course covers the basic theory and practice of barefoot trimming. This is a practical workshop which includes demonstrations and hands on work with real horses! It is therefore only suitable for horse owners and people who regularly work with horses.

By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and the confidence needed to keep your own horses hooves trimmed and healthy.

Contact Christophe 0872621832 or see for more information or to book.

ThreeCounties Trec - Inaugural
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

ThreeCounties Trec 21st September 2014 

The weekend witnessed the first event of Three Counties Trec held in Drumshanbo Co. Leitrim by kind invitation of John Mcloughlin of Grangefort Equestrian Enterprises. A new member of Trec Ireland Three Counties Trec covers the counties of Leitrim,Roscommon and Longford. This new club was founded earlier in the year and having won the level one pairs national championship title in Stradbally Co. Laois they successfully went onto to host their first Training day in Co. Leitrim which took place on Sunday 21st.

With superb weather there was a good entry for the day, including many newcomers to the sport with eight competitors in the Junior section!

In addition to welcoming riders from across the region some as far as Athlone and across the border this offered many riders their first opportunity to experience Trec.

This successful day was made further possible by our Technical Delegate of the day and Secretary of Trec Ireland Karen Murphy. Karen who has recently returned from Italy with the young rider squad who recently competed at the World and European championships.

The day kicked off with riders all kitted out in high vis gear with highlighters at the ready for Map room training with Karen. This was followed by a short break for some refreshments and home made treats which were kindly provided on-site throughout the day by Maura Farrell. 



TREC comes West
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
I enjoy my leisure time hacking out and around the lanes locally. I am not into hunting or show jumping but always felt there was a sport out there that I could get involved in that would suit me & my horses.
My friend & I stumbled upon the sport of TREC two years ago - from that day we were hooked! It’s such a fun sport for horse & rider!
For the first year we were travelling quite some distance to attend TREC events but now with the formation of ThreeCountiesTREC we can enjoy our sport right on our own doorstep! We attended the inaugural event held at Grangefort Equestrian in Drumshanbo on 21st September and had a thoroughly enjoyable day!  
The venue was super, the support & organisation was perfect & the sun shone on us all day! We look forward to supporting this new group by attending as many events as possible.
TREC comes West – Yay!!!  
Bits CONTROL Horses
Thursday, 29 August 2013
I am getting a bit fed up hearing - "You need a bit to CONTROL a horse"

Contrary to what most people think - I am not against bits! My horses wear bits but I use them for communication not for CONTROL
What I am against is the misconception that bits CONTROL horses, the ignorant/uneducated way people use bits and the unschooled hands that pull and haul at the bits in their horses mouths in an effort to CONTROL their horse.
“Most people believe that you should start a horse with a really quiet bit, so-to-speak. Then the further along in the horse's training you go, the bigger the bit you should automatically put in his mouth because it takes a bigger bit for him to understand more. People think that there's a direct relationship between what a horse knows and what kind of bit is in his mouth. What actually happens is that the horse gets used to the bigger and bigger bits. Eventually, you need the bigger bit because the horse is used to the beating he gets with it every day…...Horses are so sensitive that they can feel a fly land on their skin. They can feel and understand a mild bit if the rider knows how to use it. But you can't train in shouts and show in whispers. When you put a bit in the horse's mouth that multiplies your pressures you lose your corridor of aids.”
Ron Meredith
“Loud Bits Destroy Communication”
Hoof Structure
Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The delicate structure of the blood supply inside the hoof capsule - interesting!


Ten Commandments
Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Ten Commandments for Horses

1. My life is likely to last 20 or more years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you take me home.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial to my well being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long. Don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have only you...

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when it is speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.

7. Remember before you hit me that I am powerful enough to hurt you, but choose not to.

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I have a problem that you are not yet aware of.

9. Take care of me when I am old. You too will be old one day.

10. Go with me on the last journey. Never say "I can't bear to watch or Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there...

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