HORSE PRO­DUC­TION, PHILLIPPS-STYLE

Horse & Hound - - Fix It -

Vere likes sim­ple bits like a rub­ber­cov­ered pelham or a loose-ring egg­butt snaf­fle. “I saw one, liked it and had it copied,” says Vere. “You never stop learn­ing in this game. As my fa­ther used to say, ‘If you think you know noth­ing, you’re on the brink of wis­dom.’”

Vere’s feed­ing prac­tices are sim­i­larly tra­di­tional, in­clud­ing home-grown hay and oats. “A chap came dis­cussing sup­ple­ments with me once and asked, ‘What do you bal­ance them with?’ I replied, ‘Work!’”

Horses hack all round the farm, so they never grow ac­cus­tomed to cer­tain routes and start get­ting nappy.

Each horse fin­ishes its work with a Polo, wash-off and of­ten a few min­utes’ graz­ing in hand.

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