Monday, 22 August 2016


Recently people may have noticed that NSEC has brought in a few new horses for the school string as some our older horses go on to retire. It may be noticed how poor a condition these horses look upon arrival and for their first few weeks, sometimes even longer.

Often horses don't come to us in the best of condition, they are underweight and look uncared for or unkept. These horses may not have come from the best of backgrounds, but I think it should be said that as soon as they arrive at NSEC, their luck has changed and they become instantly loved and cared for.

Shortly after a horse arrives it gets a check by our vet and any vaccines or dental care done to ensure it is able to eat correctly and is protected from viruses. If a horse comes in with ribs showing we supplement it's regular diet of hay and grain with things like beet pulp, oil and alfalfa hay to help add fat and protein to it's diet to get it to a healthy weight as quickly as we can. We also have our farrier in to make sure it's feet are looked after and in good condition shortly after it arrives. It is groomed daily and slowly worked until it is fit enough to enter our school string as a lesson horse.

Piper is our most recent horse who has come to us in very poor condition, probably mostly due to the fact that he is missing teeth and needs some pulled etc. He may never be able to eat hay or grass properly so we will be supplementing his diet to make sure he gets everything he needs nutrient-wise and everyone can rest assured that our commitment to this horse is strong and we will see him fit and filled-in as soon as possible (but gaining at a safe rate does take time) with a special diet, babying and love from our staff at NSEC. Already he seems to be a very happy guy!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Cougar Sightings

Taken from
A notice to all our riders, there have been cougar sightings in the trail areas around NSEC.

Although a cougar is very unlikely to attack you while you are riding on your horse, please be extra careful as the scent of a cougar can make a your horse nervous and want to run home to safety.

The cougar sighting is up past the cemetery and near the Baden Powell Trail.

Monday, 8 August 2016

NSEC 30th Anniversary!

North Shore Equestrian Centre celebrates 30 years on the North Shore on Sunday, Aug 28th!

We will be holding an open house and everyone is welcome. There will be BBQ, pony rides, demos and much more between the hours of 11am-3pm. Visit our facebook page to stay updated.

Old friends and first time visitors are all welcome to come say hi and get to know the owners and staff and check out the facilities.

Hope to see you there!