'THE HORSE IS GOD'S GIFT TO MANKIND'
The care and welfare of our horses is of paramount importance. They are our loyal friends as well as principal participants in our production. Training a horse requires a great deal of time and patience; an appreciation of its temperament and capabilities and the ability to communicate. The horses in our show are owned by the people who ride or present them. They have invested time and talent beyond measure in their care, training and preparation.
We operate a very strict series of guidelines governing the welfare of all our horses. A Stable Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations and routines within the stables. The show is regularly inspected by veterinarians and the RSPCA we also arrange for an independent vet to examine the horses each week. Each week a group made up of equestrian and non-equestrian members of staff met to monitor their care. They reported directly to the Directors.
Exercise & Settings
The horses are ridden and exercised in the open (weather permitting) in the open everyday. Our locations are hand-picked to provide the best settings and amenities for our audience and horses. Stately homes, large country estates and horse racecourses all offer us the space and facility to exercise the horses safely. It's hard to tell whether the humans or the horses gain the most pleasure from exploring new paths.
The stable area was specially designed for Spirit of the Horse. The 5400 metre2 area provides a large and airy environment with each horse having it's own stable box. The full-length windows not only allow for natural daylight to illuminate the entire interior, but also mean the horses can see outside activity. Heating and cooling is constantly available and provided when required. The horses are carefully watched 24 hours a day.
This being Britain, however, we have to cater for the inevitable and accept that every summer day is not going to be fine. That's why we designed a special tent to allow the horses to be exercised or "warmed up" before a performance. Supported by one central pole, the circular tent maximises space and the sides walls can be removed when the weather is warm. Before we arrive, 24-hour care is arranged with a local vet.