Horses

Root out ragwort!

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Why is anyone defending ragwort?

Why are men so obsessed with dieting?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In this gloriously sunny week, the cavalry horses are off on their summer break to Bodney, Norfolk. They can be…

Theresa May is dead right to want to rescind the fox-hunting ban

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Though I don’t think much of Theresa May’s paternalistic soft-left politics, I do like her no-nonsense style. That Q&A she…

Side-saddle riding is practical, fashionable... and sexy

15 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s safer and more elegant than riding astride

The most unlikely origin I’ve ever seen for a common phrase

25 February 2017 9:00 am

The number of things I don’t know is infinite — or infinite minus one, if such as number exists, since…

The countless ways in which horses improve our lives

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Countless lives are improved by contact with horses. Changes to business rates threaten that

The problem with the internet is that it gives newspapers deniability

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘My deep concern is that because of changed ways that news is now gathered, collated, packaged, delivered and displayed, the…

Ruby Walsh riding Al Ferof at Cheltenham

Put away your silly hat, and discover the joys of jump racing

19 November 2016 9:00 am

‘A more thrilling, uplifting, glorious way of living has yet to be invented,’ the jockey John Francome said of National…

Georgie Lane-Godfrey edges past Camilla at the finish

It was my first real horserace on my first real thoroughbred... but how had I done?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The thrill of racing a real thoroughbred at Goodwood gets Camilla Swift  hooked

Will I ever find a decent place in the country?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Oh no, I can’t bear it,’ said the builder boyfriend when I told him I wanted to look at one…

The Annabel’s of bookmaking

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Bookmaking’s image has changed. Alongside the arrival of the betting exchanges, the evolution of the big names like Hills, Coral,…

The Mare: a story of longed-for children and what children long for

23 July 2016 9:00 am

How’s this for a heartwarming set-up­­? Forty-something recovering alcoholic and aspiring artist Ginger copes with the disappointment of being unable…

Rebuilding phase: shipping-container shopping in Christchurch

Aftershocks and polo ponies in Christchurch, New Zealand

12 March 2016 9:00 am

On my first night in Christchurch, I woke at 3.32 a.m. to what felt like an explosion. My bed was…

Dreaming of bringing your favourite pet back to life? Soon it could be reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The super-rich are already bringing beloved dogs and horses back to life. Soon the rest of us will be able to do it too

Paula Radcliffe is a victim of our hypocrisy and confusion about drugs and sport

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Do you want to see Paula Radcliffe’s blood? If so, you’re not alone. Radcliffe, three-time winner of the London Marathon…

Still from the documentary ‘Palio’: a medieval rite at once nonsensical and puerile, and yet profoundly alive and meaningful

Palio exposes the bribery and violence that lies at the heart of Siena’s lawless ritual

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Siena’s Palio is steeped in violence, bribery and corruption. But it matters to its people more than anything, says Jasper Rees

No, even my daughter’s great hospital care doesn’t change my mind about the NHS

12 September 2015 9:00 am

When Girl came off the horse it didn’t look like a bad fall. More like an involuntary and rather hurried…

Am I moving to the Cotswolds? Don't measure the curtains yet

29 August 2015 9:00 am

On the basis that I might need a new boiler soon, I thought I had better sell the London flat…

It really must be a mid-life crisis. I’ve fallen in love with a pony

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Because I’m reckless, stupid and irresponsible, I normally get landed with the biggest, most obstreperous hunters. But the other weekend…

The beautiful Balkans on horseback

3 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s no better way to see Bulgaria’s mountains

Dear Mary: Dealing with your old friends now you’re a big success

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Q. Success has come to me in later life with an unfortunate side effect. Since my career has taken off,…

My new affair is thrilling, expensive — and might just break my neck

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I have fallen in love with an unsuitable male. My wife isn’t totally happy about this relationship because she recognises…

Herbal remedies for horses? I'm half tempted to try them myself...

10 May 2014 9:00 am

You know you’ve been irreversibly sucked into the ninth circle of horse-owning hell when you find yourself perusing an equine…

The Dickin Medal is a morally dubious piece of nonsense

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Apparently, mice think that women are useless. I don’t mean that they think women mice are useless — they’re keen…

Melissa Kite: No more boyfriends for me

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Just the three resolutions for me. I am keeping it simple. Number one: no more boyfriends. The definition of insanity…