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Poltava, Ukraine horse breeding farm for sale in government privatization drive

August 26th, 2015
Dibrivsky horse breeding farm

Dibrivsky horse breeding farm

The government of Ukraine are privatizing all sorts of things. Among stuff to be sold off in the privatization is over 1,000 horses. This story was found on BBC, except from part of the original story that concerns horses follows:

And not all who will feel the effects will be humans. Also listed on the government’s balance sheet are more than 1,000 horses, which are being kept on 11 state-owned horse breeding farms across the country.

One of these is the Dibrivsky horse breeding farm, located a two-hour drive to the east of Kiev in the Poltava region. It was founded in 1888 but now, because of its possible sale, faces an uncertain future.

The farm is home to around 270 horses, mostly of two breeds: Orlovsky Trotters and Russian Trotters, both racing horses.

On a recent warm, crackling-dry August day, the beauty of these animals and the idyllic setting of the farm were on full display. About 90 of them, including a number of wary colts, were gathered in a corral, drinking water.

In a nearby field, jockeys took a couple of horses out for a run, while an equestrian class practised trotting and taking jumps. All around were the green, rippling fields of the Ukrainian countryside.
Demand challenges

But for all Dibrivsky’s romantic charm, many ask – why should the Ukrainian government be in the horse-breeding business?

And if it does put the farm up for auction, then another question arises:

Who would buy it or any of the other farms, or the other companies on the government’s list for that matter – given the country is currently suffering a major economic depression and is struggling against a Russian-backed insurgency in the east?

Government officials accept that the Dibrivsky sale might face challenges.

“I suppose it would not be easy,” says Oleksii Zubrytsky, an adviser to Ukraine’s economics minister. “First of all we have a lot of private farms, which are quite successful.”

“But the main problem is the demand,” he adds. “In order to sell horses, we need to create a demand. And due to the crisis in the country, this demand is not so good.”

Equine activities in fact only constitute a small part of the horse breeding farm’s activities. Dibrivsky raises pigs and cows, and also produces honey and fermented mare’s milk, which is a local delicacy.

Most of its money comes not from its horses, but from its 5,500 hectares of surrounding farmland, where it grows wheat, soya and oats. The situation is mirrored among the other horse farms in the government’s possession.

you can read the full story here:

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Welsh Pony and Cob Breed Information

July 21st, 2012

Welsh Section A

Welsh Section A

Welsh Pony and Cob Breed Information

The Welsh pony and cob is very interesting. Not only is it one of Britain’s original native breeds, it also has a stud book that is divided into 4 sections! These four sections are called Section A, B, C, and D, because the different sections are of various heights and physiques.

Welsh Ponies and Cobs are used for a wide range of equestrian disciplines, such as showjumping, cross country, showing, driving, trekking, and pleasure riding.

Native ponies lived in Wales prior to 1600BC, and it is thought that an earlier type of the Welsh existed at the time. Over time, the Welsh has been influenced a lot by Arabian blood, and it is thought that Hackney and Thoroughbred blood may also have played a role.

Section A
The section A , also known as Welsh Mountain Pony is the smallest Welsh type. Average height is about 11-12 hands, not exceeding 12 hands. The faces are small, and dished (from Arab influence), leg conformation is refined, but with good bone and the tail is high set.

Section B
The Section B is taller than the Section A, standing at about 12-13 hands, not exceeding 13.2 hands. This is a popular children’s pony, often involved in pony club activities. There is no minimum height restriction. They are more refined than Section A but without loss of bone.

Section C
Section Cs are more compact and cob like, but they cannot exceed 13.2 hands. They were first produced from a Section A-Section D cross. They compete in jumping and eventing, and in harness.

Section D

Welsh Section D

Welsh Section D

Section D’s must exceed 13.2 hands, but have no upper limit. They are the largest Welsh in the Welsh stud registries. Unlike with other Welsh ponies, Grey colouring is rare. They can be ridden and driven, but are most commonly associated with harness work.

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Super Quick Horse Grooming Techniques

June 19th, 2012

Super Quick Grooming

Super Quick Grooming

There are many reasons why grooming your horse on a regular basis is essential. As well as giving you the chance to check him for injury, you’ll be stimulating his blood flow and his endorphins as you bond with him. In essence – if you want a happy and healthy horse then you need to groom him every day. Ensure when you are looking for a horse to buy or horses to loan you ensure he has been well looked after.
Many people now find themselves with less time than ever on their hands and if you’re one of them and the thought of an hour long grooming session on a daily basis fills you with dread then you might want to consider some of the following, which are super-fast and efficient ways of giving your horse the exact same benefits but leaving you more time to exercise and ride him.

1. Ask your vet about adding vegetable oil or an essential Omega-3 fatty acid supplement to his diet for added shine and texture to his coat.
2. Sponging his face clean after his exercise will help prevent any hair loss and a different sponge for every part of his body will prevent any cross contamination.
3. Use a tail bag to keep his tail thick, long and protected. Washing, conditioning, detangling and rebraiding him once a week will also keep his tail looking glossy.
4. Clip his bridlepath and whiskers once a week. If done regularly, this should only take a few minutes but could make a huge difference.
5. A de-tangler or a wide toothed comb (or even your fingers if you forget to buy a comb) is a great way of remove any large snarls from his mane and tail.
6. The sunlight can cause fading or bleaching if you’re not careful so shade and a sheet could stop his coat greying or fading. A further good idea is to rinse him after work to remove any sweat and make the sun’s rays less likely to take effect.
7. Regular use of coat polish after bathing will prevent dust and/or dirt from clinging to his coat.
8. Regular disinfection of brushes and combs will help prevent against skin infections or diseases and will get better results than dirty or dusty brushes. Furthermore, you’ll get much better results if you rinse in between brushes. Tucking a towel into the top of your jodhpurs and wiping your brush on there every five (or so) strokes can get rid of any build up on the brush.
9. Brushing from the front to the back, and the top to the bottom is the most efficient and comfortable way for your horse.
10. Why not multi-task and have a brush in each hand – just try not to go too fast or you risk spooking your horse.
11. Grooming wipes are a great way to a fast and effective finish and your horse will love them too!
12. Check for any infections or imperfections in his skin as you groom as this will save having to perform a lengthy and time consuming exam later on.
Linda Carter enjoys blogging on horses, family farm life, horse trailers and animals.

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Horse Health – Plants Your Horse Must Avoid

June 17th, 2012

Horse Health – Plants Your Horse Must Avoid

A Healthy Horse

You can find the first part of the article here.

All of the above are, among others, the most common symptoms of ground ivy poisoning.

This creeping plant, also known as creeping charlie can be fatal, but for this to happen, large amounts must be ingested. The largest danger is from ivy that is baled into hay.


Buttercups are frequently found on horse pastures and contain a compound called protoanemonin, which is a powerful irritant, and can cause inflammation, or ulceration of the mouth, and sometimes, in extreme cases, colic.


lesions of the mouth


inflamation of the mouth

colic (rare, only in extreme cases)


Tannins, otherwise known as tannic acid, are found in oak leaves, and are poisonous, though only mildly so. They have to eat a large amount for it to be dangerous, but it is addictive, so they can actively seek it out .

It causes kidney damage in large doses. Prevention includes fencing off oak trees, especially in spring and autum when the leaves and acorns respectively, are high in tannin.


constipation and diarrhea

lack of appetite

staring/ dull coat


blood filled diarrhea and/ or urine

Deadly nightshade

The whole plant, from the roots to the berries contains toxins, that are not normally fatal unless taken in high doses.

Found in woodland, clearings and hedgerows, the symptoms for the poisoning from this plant include

innability to stand

dilated pupils


This contains an enzyme known as thiaminase, which breaks thiamine (vitamin B1 ) down, so the horse essentially suffers from a thiamine deficiency. If you are aware that your horse has been consuming bracken, but is not showing symptoms, try feeding a vitamin supplement that is high in Vitamin B1.

Bracken needs to be consumed regularly for weeks, even months, before clinical signs show. A few days after eating sufficient bracken to cause damage, the horse loses weight, but shows little other symptoms. Then gait abnormalities manifest themselves in place of the normal paces, and this then increases to staggers. Muscle tremors and weakness will follow this, until a high heart rate, and temperature, then inability to move. From the time that the proper, clinical signs start to show, to death is usually 2-10 days depending on the intensity of the poison and its effect on the horse.

If you suspect your horse has been poisoned, call your vet.

While there are many other plants I could have listed here it is not possible to list them all so I just want to say;

”And the moral of the story is if you dont know whether a plant is toxic to equines or not, dont take chances! Feed, or give acess to only those that you are certain about, and keep him away from all the others!”

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Horse Health – Plants Poisonous To Horses – Part 1

June 7th, 2012

Horse Health – Plants Poisonous To Horses


Rhubarb is pisonous to horses


It is essential that your horse has all the things necessary for a good life, especially food, water, love and attention, excercise etc., but it is just as important that he does not come in contact with poisonous plants. The toxins in these plants vary in intensity, from yew, which is so deadly that a single mouthful kills, to something more mild, like buttercups, which cause little irritating sores to form round their mouths.

Horses tend to avoid toxic plants if they have sufficient grazing, but when there is little left in the way of quality pasture, they turn to all other vegetation, which can, of course, contain deadly poisons.


One mouthful is enough to kill. This deadly plant contains taxine, to which there is no known antidote. It can kill withing minutes of being swallowed, due to heart failure. Symptoms include;


slowing heart rate

cardiac failure


Also known as mares tail, this weed thrives in marshy land. Horses tend to avoid it, but it is sometimes incorporated in hay. It has high levels of silica, and can cause poisoning.


Weakness, uncoordinated rear end

difficulty seeing

high levels of pyruvate in blood


This distinct, fast growing yellow weed thrives almost anywhere, from well tended pastures to wasteland.Even in the most meticulously cared for grassland, it can easily spread through its small, light seeds.

It causes irreversible liver damage and is extremely poisonous, both to livestock and humans. It is poisonous even to touch, the sap enters the bloodstream through the pores in the skin.

It must be dug up, gloves must be worn to do this, and a long thin spade should be used to remove roots to avoid danger of regrowth. Burn, roots and all.







This white flowering plant is extremely toxic to humans and animals, and can even cause damage simply through touch. The sap causes blistering, especially in the presence of sunlight.

Symptoms include;

dilated pupils






blue mouth

weak pulse

Ground ivy

breathing difficulties

salivation/ frothing

excess/ profuse sweating

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