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Get More Out of Schooling with these 5 Tips…

Whatever level you ride at, whether you’re a dressage rider or show jumping rider, or you simply enjoy schooling your horse to improve his suppleness, remember these 5 tips to get the most out of every session: Ride your corners correctly. Whatever movement you’d like to do after the corner, whether a transition, a shoulder in, a halt or simply … Continue reading

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Short on Facilities? Filler Ideas

If you’re not lucky enough to have access to a full set of jumps in a lovely arena – fear not! Here’s 13 ideas you might be able to make use of… Find any of the following, then paint them, fill them and stack them to create interesting fillers which will prepare your horse for anything spooky in the ring: … Continue reading

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Does Your Horse Yawn?

We understand yawning to be a sign of tiredness or boredom, but it’s not always the case. A horse that yawns, or curls his top lip regularly (The Flehmen response), could actually be affected by gastric disturbances. This is a common behaviour for horses that smell a unknown, or particularly strong smell, but it needs investigation if a horse displays the … Continue reading

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Training Tips: Position or Posture?

POSITION OR POSTURE? It’s very important to differentiate between position and posture and ensure both are correct. You can’t have a good seat and balance unless your position is correct in the first place. The very first thing we are taught when we sit on a horse is to have a good position, which generally is a fast process; then … Continue reading

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Training Tips: How to Create Impulsion and Why it’s Important

From the early stages of learning how to ride, we hear the word ‘impulsion’. What exactly is impulsion and how do we achieve it? Impulsion has nothing to do with speed, and we should think more about ‘energy’ and ‘bounce’ instead. A horse with good impulsion will be in front of the leg, willing to move forward and reactive to … Continue reading

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18 Valuable Tips for Feeding of Laminitics

Vets, research workers and and experienced horse handlers all agree that management of a laminitic is everything. There is no cure, therefore avoiding the disease in the first place is important, and experts agree that careful management could drastically reduce the number of cases. 18 tips to help manage a laminitic: Most importantly horses and ponies should never be overfed … Continue reading

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Training Tips: Stretching Benefits for Your Horse

When we ask our horses to work in an outline with their neck round, it’s not the only thing we are asking. If done correctly we are asking our horses for a certain amount of collection, the back end will be engaged and the muscles of the whole back will work harder and the roundness of neck will start from … Continue reading

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Autumn Laminitis Caution

There is the suggestion that there are more cases of laminitis admitted to veterinary clinics in September than any other month as autumn brings the grass back to life, so supporting horses and ponies prone to laminitis is especially important at this time. Horses that are prone to laminitis should be fed low calorie, low sugar, low starch feeds which … Continue reading

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Rio: What is Zika and Should We Worry?

The Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito with the most common symptoms being fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. There is little evidence to suggest horses can develop the disease. The virus is related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus. Although it was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947 … Continue reading

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Top Travel Tips from the Pros

Travel your horse safely with these useful pieces of advice from our professional riders: Before loading ensure the lorry or trailer is safe and all the back lights are working Always open windows, optimum ventilation is essential when travelling Don’t over rug. Even if it’s a cold winter morning once the ramp is closed, and especially with multiple horses onboard, the temperature … Continue reading

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