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Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to Help Manage Cribbing Through Diet

Are you trying to manage a crib-biter or wind-sucker? Understanding stereotypies and considering implementing the following will help… • Limit starchy feed such as course mix and grains • Turnout as much as possible • Offer ad-lib forage at all times (soak if you need to reduce energy content) • Don’t use collars • Feed an antacid • Turnout with … Continue reading

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Training: Are You Setting Realistic Goals?

Horses are one of life’s great levellers and as most of us have experienced at some point – things don’t always go to plan. Make the most of riding and give yourself the best chance of success by being realistic about what you can achieve. When starting out with a new equine partnership ask yourself the following: What do you … Continue reading

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Training: 6 Tips for Staying Sound This Summer

Keeping your horse sound all summer is not always easy, especially if you have a busy riding schedule.  Check the ground. If the mercury rises and the turf dries out the ground can turn rock solid, if you’re eventing, jumping, or doing dressage on grass be careful and consider the going. If you’re hacking with cantering/galloping work find an all-weather gallop to help … Continue reading

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Training: Five Biggest Barriers to Success!

All riders have their strengths and weaknesses, here we explore the most common challenges and look at how to fix them to help elevate riding to the next level. FEAR: Fear of hurting ourselves (or our horse), or fear of failure are most common. This is a challenge that affects many riders on some level but can be overcome with training and … Continue reading

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Nutrition: Feeding for Weight Loss

One of the biggest challenges when feeding your horse for weight loss is reducing his dietary energy while at the same time fulfilling his need to chew and the need for gut fill. Follow these tips to help slim your horse down to a healthy weight. 10 Tips to get you started: • The most effective regime includes a very … Continue reading

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Rio 2016: What’s in the Selection?

With the Rio Olympics just around the corner it will be a nail-biting time for both the selectors and our top riders. Who will be short-listed and will things come together for the best horse and rider combinations to be at peak performance just at the right time. Will our showjumping team see Big Star back from injury and will Scott … Continue reading

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Do you Compete? Here’s How NOPS Can Help Keep You Safe

Do you have a horse competing at affiliated level? Or do you keep your horse at a yard where others compete at intermediate or advanced levels? If so, it’s important to be aware of contamination risks in the feed room so prohibited or restricted substances do not make their way accidentally in to feeds, which could return a positive result. … Continue reading

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Training Tips: Coral Keen’s Advice on Starting Young Horses

Producing young horses is a talent that not all of us possess and having the understanding, patience, facilities, skill and time is not always something we can provide. Are you producing at home with high hopes for a special youngster? If so, read event rider and Horse & Hound blogger Coral Keen’s top tips to get started on the right foot. Starting Off … Continue reading

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Improve Your Jumping with Chloe Winchester’s FIVE Top Tips

Young showjumping star Chloe Winchester shares what she thinks are the most important tips for better jumping.  Practicing these at home doesn’t always mean having access to a course and you can even work on improving number 3-5 while cantering out hacking!   1. Jump small at home. In training it’s not the height of the fence that matters but the … Continue reading

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