Cotswold Natural Livery
How we maintain a natural, trouble-free environment for your horse
The terrain at “The Lynches” is beautifully suited to a natural equine lifestyle. Surrounded by steeply banked native English woodland, the land is “tiered” rather than the more typical steep banks of the Cotswold Hills. This allows for good levels of fitness as the horses move around, but is easier on the older horse with stiffer joints.
There are spring-fed troughs and streams, and plenty of deep, natural shade and shelter, allowing the horses to be out but comfortable all year. We have already seen an improvement in fitness, muscle tone, comfort (in those with arthritis and joint issues), hoof quality, and breathing, and they were out a lot at our previous location, enjoying a good level of natural living there. The horses spend a lot of time interacting as a herd, and they enjoy having such a lot of space – nearly 30 acres for just 10 horses or so.
We no longer religiously muck out the fields, but we do clear certain areas, and the sheep do a very good job of keeping down the worm egg numbers and the undesirable weeds (they have a particular fondness for dock).
The land has been extensively rested over the last few years and the herbage is very horse-friendly – lots of beneficial and nutritious plant varieties, with no Italian rye-grass, or other unsuitable species. The intention is to continue grazing with low-intensity to avoid the issues of over-grazed, stressed grasses.
We have access to some stables and a covered barn, but so far have not found the need to use these. This is our first year, and although we know that horse flies and midges enjoy the woods and streams, it remains to be discovered if the deep shade will be enough for the horses. If it isn’t, we will be able to bring them in daily for the height of the horse-fly season.
We no longer have such quick and easy access to a school, and the hacking is not quite so good as at our previous location, although we are right next to the Miserden Estate and still within hacking distance of Cirencester Park. Most of the horses in the herd are retired, with owners often living some distance away. However, someone who wanted to spend an afternoon enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery the Cotswolds has to offer whilst spending time with an extremely happy herd, would be hard-pressed to find anywhere better.
Full livery: Includes hay and daily care: £90 per week.
Training and teaching available at the reduced rate of £44 per hour (normally £48).