As from 2015 we are re-introducing our No Feed Policy. This means that customers will be asked not to feed horses on the yard/stables/fields or after group lessons. This policy was in place several years ago but over time it seems to have lapsed. The situation is becoming out of hand and some horses and ponies are beginning to bite. We now have a situation where many clients are bringing treats to feed not only the horse they have ridden but every horse on the yard. As we don’t allow feeding over stable doors this means that a member of staff has to be taken from their duties to accompany them. The only horses to be fed carrots at the end of a session are the vaulting horses as vaulters sometime work together they forget the importance of the horse and are encouraged to thank the horse at the end of the session. There is a member of staff present, the horses are never fed in the stables and at the end of a vaulting lesson this activity is supervised because these horses have already learnt the routine and some of them change to a more aggressive behaviour when the treats are being given. Feeding horses in or out of stables encourages horses to bite, They learn the routine quickly they anticipate that the child will have a carrot and they turn towards the child ready to receive the carrot/apple. some horses don’t wait their mouths are open ready to grab the treat and some horses will lunge for the childs hand in anticipation, after a period of time some horses will anticipate being given treats whenever some one come in the stable and make a lunge towards hands and pockets and in over anticipation can also kick out. This results in injuries which can be serious. Also once a horse/pony becomes very aggressive it can no longer stay at the riding school and no one wants to buy a biting pony so its prospects become very bleak. Horses are herd and routine animals, they know when feed times are and when they expect to be fed and many horses can be quite aggressive at meals times. They threaten other horses around them and it can be dangerous to enter their stables with feeds. Feeding of horses on the yard will be banned. If you wish to leave carrots or apples for the horses (horses should not be fed bread or mints anyway) please give them to a member of staff who will see that they are added to the feed at the appropriate feed time. Also please do not feed horses in fields, the herd instincts dictates that the leader should get the treats and if a lower member of the herd gets fed it could result in a severe kicking and serious injury for that horse.