Saturday, 5 November 2016

Daylight Savings and Winter Holidays

Just a reminder to all our students that Daylight Savings is tomorrow and your clocks should be turned back an hour tonight before you go to sleep.

We would also like to remind all students and parents that lessons run as normal through the winter break. The only days NSEC will be closed is Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, lessons will be cancelled on these 3 days.

If you are planning on going away for the holiday and don't want to give up your lesson spot, please contact me to arrange make up dates for the lessons that you will miss. Make ups can be done ahead of time as well as after you return.

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

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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!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

September 2016 Lessons

September lesson spaces are filling up fast at NSEC so make sure you get your forms in ASAP. Forms can be found in the office or online

A rough draft of the schedule will be emailed out Monday, June 25th  to those who have registered already.

Please note that the policies have changed this year and can be found here for review.

Happy trails this summer, and hope to see everyone back here in September!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Summer Trails

Just a reminder that if you are going to use the trails around NSEC, you must clean up after your horse.

These trails are multi-use trails and are enjoyed by all sorts of people doing recreational activities, we don't want to leave a mess for our neighbors!

This is especially important if you are riding through the cemetery. We must show respect and always make sure we clean up.

Manure can be kicked to the side of the path and out of the way. This means you will have to dismount, but that is one of the responsibilities of riding on the trails. Manure must be cleaned up immediately, not once you are your way back.

Remember, we don't want to get kicked off these trails, so lets do our best to keep them looking their best!

Friday, 17 June 2016


It is with great sadness that we have had to say goodbye to an NSEC member who has been with us over decade. 

On June 15th 2016 our dedicated rat catcher and barn cat, Leo, lost his battle with an age related illness that caused untreatable liver failure during his final days at NSEC. 

At 13 years old, Leo had a long and very happy life at NSEC with lots of pets and treats from everyone who loved him. 

He will be missed greatly.