What are you up to this weekend? Looking like it's going to be another one of those weekends when weatherwise, to quote Dickens, "the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold; when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade"
Here's our weekly round-up of links from around the web for your weekend reads:
Over the past few days Ponyhour has heard of several equines going down with laminitis ~ with the Spring grass coming through fast and changeable weather conditions we all need to be extra vigilant, check out the Royal Veterinary College's laminitis fact file for information and advice
While you're on the RVC's website check out their fact file on colic too as Twitter follower, eventer and blogger, Heather Mussett tweeted during the week :
" Very, very #grateful for @ThePonyClub and @BritishHorse this week. Last night, Socks colicked and even though I was in bits and struggling to hold it together, I knew what I was dealing with and what to do without really thinking about it. What would we do without good education?"
Interesting article from Beryl Shuttleworth Feeding for Soundness
and more on hooves, a vet who is also a farrier shares his thoughts on why a horse's hooves grow faster than his stablemates when they are on the same feed / exercise program
Rachel Dubber has a giftware range featuring donkeys, a portion of the profits from sales will be going to The Donkey Sanctuary of Ireland, here she explains Why Donkeys?
Last month The Donkey Sanctuary of Ireland said goodbye to Tootsie the World's oldest mule
Author / artist Angharad Thompson Rees is blogging about the creation of her soon to be published book "The Ugly Pony" Making The Ugly Pony
and if you're one of the many who would love to write a book author Jan Ruth gives you the low down on publishing The Myths of Publishing
Ponyhour Pic of The Week is from Mane Chance Sanctuary their Chance 2 Be Programme is currently competing against 4 other charity projects to stand a chance of winning £50,000 in The Big Lottery People's Projects initiative. If they win they'll buy a minibus so they can collect young people, who otherwise woudn't be able to reach them, to enable them to take part in Chance 2 Be.
Check it out and give them a vote here it only takes a few moments.
Ponyhour Quote of The Week: "Don't be afraid to make mistakes. But if you do, make new ones. Life is too short to make the wrong choice twice." Joyce Rachelle.
And remember The Eggsy Pony Diaries