Nicky Hoseck

I’ve been around horses since the age of six and, 15 years ago, leapt at the chance to leave behind my London-based career in journalism and start life on a small-holding in South Africa. Sharing my experiences with horses, goats, and other farm animals allows me to flex my writing skills and help others find their way to a happy, healthy herd.

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Best Donkey Toys & Games for Donkeys (Adult, Baby, Mini Donkeys)

Donkeys are intelligent, curious animals that need toys to play with. In the wild, they spend most of their time exploring their environment for food and companionship.  Domesticated donkeys constantly search their space for novel experiences to replicate that level of mental stimulation. Without it, they may become bored, disinterested, and depressed.  Few of us …

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Can Pigs Eat Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers (Or the Plants)?

Pigs have big appetites and effective digestive systems to cope with them. They are the opposite of picky eaters and will try almost any available food source, including tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers.   Can pigs eat nightshade plants? Pigs can only eat nightshade plants in certain instances as many nightshades are poisonous. Some nightshades, …

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Can Pigs Eat Dairy: Cheese, Milk, Yogurt, or Sour Cream?

Pigs have efficient digestive systems that convert animal and vegetable materials into digestible content. As a result, dairy products are a good source of nutrition, protein, and calcium for your standard meat pig. Even mini pigs and potbellies can benefit from having dairy products included in their diet in moderation. Can pigs eat dairy? Pigs …

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Can Pigs Eat Cabbage (Red, Green) Fennel, Bok Choi Etc?

Pigs are omnivores capable of eating a wide variety of foodstuffs. Although they eat insects and other meats, over 90% of their diet is vegetarian, consisting of fruits, vegetables, and other plant matter.  Domestic pigs get most of their nutrition from commercial grain feeds, but supplementing this with carefully selected fruits and vegetables can boost …

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Healthy Fruits Pigs Eat Potbellied Pigs, Pet Pigs, Mini Pigs

Pigs have a simple yet effective digestive system that converts animal and plant material into digestible nutrients.  Can pigs eat fruit? Pigs can eat most fruits, including apples, bananas, berries, grapes, melons, and pit fruit. However, there are parts of certain fruits that can be dangerous. Some fruits are nutritionally beneficial for pigs but need …

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Can Norwegian Fjord Horses Barrel Race? All About the Breed

Norwegian Fjords are one of the oldest horse breeds in the world. Domesticated some 3000 years ago, the Norwegian Fjord’s sturdy build and calm temperament have seen it excel in almost every discipline. Once a Viking war horse, the Norwegian Fjord became a highly valued draft horse, pulling heavy loads around the hilly farms across …

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Should I Keep My Horse Barefoot? Can Horses Support Barefeet

How we keep our horses often depends on the overriding philosophy of the yard they’re living in. If all the other horses in the yard are shod, chances are, you will also shoe your horse. In some instances, shoes are necessary to prevent excessive wear and provide stability for the horse. In others, they can be …

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Do Horses Need Shoes? Can My Horse Go Barefoot?

Last year, Sweden’s showjumping team shone a spotlight on the controversial barefoot vs. shod debate. Two of three horses in the Swedish squad competed barefoot, securing gold and silver medals for their riders. If horses can compete at top international events without shoes, what does that mean for the future of shoeing?  Do horses need …

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Help! My Goat looks Skinny, but I’m Feeding it. 

Raising goats for either meat or milk can be a rewarding experience, but it’s not without its challenges. Although goats have a reputation for eating anything and everything, they’re also very active animals that burn many calories. Meeting their nutritional needs can be challenging. A skinny goat will often struggle to regain the weight they’ve …

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