Animal welfare is quite rightly a topic that commands considerable attention. While a lot of focus is in the aftermath of cases where animals have been mistreated, little focus goes in to preventing such instances in the first place.

For most of a week every year, members of Araglin Pony Club host an event that deals extensively with the care of horses.

To all intents and purposes, this is a top to toe look at the horse – its dietary needs, exercise routines and physical health – there was even a dentist in attendance (for the horses, not the riders!). 


While official equine activity goes back further, it's all of 28 years since a small group of local people came together with a view to establishing a pony club in Araglin. There have …

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