Our Horses Welfare

Our horses’ welfare is of paramount importance to us at Castle Leslie Estate Equestrian Centre. Our aim is to provide an extremely high level of care to our horses and we work with a number of key suppliers including an equine chiropractor, equine dentist, farrier and vet. Below are more details on the suppliers we work with.

Ted McLaughlin – Equine Chiropractor

Ted McLaughlin is a complementary Animal Health Practitioner who specialises in providing natural solutions or a variety of musculoskeletal problems in horses. The primary treatment therapy used is Animal Chiropractic manipulation which is combined the integration of KI massage / Equine Touch where appropriate. Ted treats the horses at Castle Leslie four times a year and very popular guest in the equestrian centre and he has many fans including Dylan the Dashund.

Carolyn Perkins – Equine Dentist

Ireland’s first veterinary practice dedicated to equine dentistry offering routine, advanced and referral dentistry services for horses. Carolyn Perkins MRCVS is Ireland’s only BAEDT qualified veterinary surgeon and dentist. Carolyn along with her team visit Castle Leslie twice a year. Carolyn carries out all routine work with the horses.

Shane Cullen – Farrier

Shane Cullen has been shoeing at Castle Leslie for over 15 years. Shane started as an apprentice farrier here and now visits the yard every Thursday. Shane Cullen does a variety of corrective shoeing on some of the horses as well as shoeing everyone hot. Shane and his family also ride at Castle Leslie and enjoy a good spin around the cross country.

Donncha Houlihan MVB MRCVS

Donncha Houlihan works with a variety of horses here at Castle Leslie. Donncha completes all rotine equine veterinary services and also caters for horses that have more complex cases. Donncha has state of the art equipment which allows us to be assured that diagnoses and treatment will be performed at a high level.

Annaghmore Saddlery

One of Ireland’s leading saddle fitters, Annaghmore Saddlery visit the yard three times a year to get the correct fitting saddle for each and every horse at Castle Leslie. Annaghmore Saddlery also repairs all tack that is needed to be repaired.

Patches Equine Laundry

This is where all our rugs are sent to get repaired. Caryn from Patches Equine Laundry picks up the rug repairs the rugs and reproofs the rugs and sends them back to us at Castle Leslie.

The Solarium

This is a custom made solarium used by all the horses and ponies at Castle Leslie Estate Equestrian Centre. It provides huge benefits to our horses, for example:

Improves muscle suppleness before exercise reducing warm up time
Reduces the risk of colds in the horse
Improves blood circulation
Improves the general health of all the horses and ponies at Castle Leslie
Helps dry off the horses and ponies after a bath or a workout
Heat also assists with the recovery to injury.


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