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Train like a pro | Dressage

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Your Horse, 06 February 2012 12:00

With the likes of Olympic dressage rider Isabell Werth following the German scales of training, here’s how they can be applied to your schooling, whether you’re an aspiring Grand Prix rider or about to do your first Prelim test. When it comes to hours spent training their horses, dressage riders probably beat the other disciplines hands down. But what are ...

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How bits work

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Your Horse, 02 February 2012 15:58

Bits work on seven areas of communication 1 The corners of the lips2 The bars of the mouth3 The roof of the mouth4 The tongue5 The poll6 The nose7 The curb or chin groove Loose ringThis has much more movement than a fixed cheek or eggbutt, and can discourage the horse from fixing and leaning and encourages mouthing EggbuttThis keeps ...

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Winter Hooves

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Your Horse, 06 January 2012 09:36

Hooves take a hammering in winter time. First a prolonged wet spell softens the feet, then if followed by a cold snap, the hard rutty fields will cause bruising or even possibly ligament and tendon strain.  In winter most vets see at least two or three ‘pus-in-the-foot’ cases every week. A bruise under a soggy sole provides the perfect growing environment ...

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Schooling in 35 minutes

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Spencer Wilton, 25 November 2011 10:01

We know Your Horse readers are busy people with jobs to do, children to feed as well as horses to ride. Here Spencer Wilton sets out a time frame to ensure that you can fit your schooling session neatly into 35 minutes!   Five minute walkThe most important thing to remember in winter is that if your horse has been ...

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Equine Balance

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Rebecca Gibson, 17 October 2011 15:00

Your Horse speak to co-founder Julie Houghton to see if Equine Balance (EBT) could really make a difference to your riding. An adaptation of a therapy called Zero Balancing, EBT aims to help the rider’s body find its own natural balance in harmony with the horse, and help the horse work softly and responsively with the rider. EBT is specifically ...

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Ride the perfect Halt

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Anonymous, 30 September 2011 12:31

Dressage rider and trainer Claire Lilley gives 4 simple exercises to help you halt correctly.   It’s easy to disregard the halt as nothing more than the moment your horse comes to a stop, but there’s an art to riding a good square halt, and therein lies the key. You need to think of it as a movement in itself ...

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Work on your confidence

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Ian Banyard, 26 May 2011 16:05

Whether you’re keen to work with others or you’d like to try some simple techniques on your own, here, confidence coach Ian Banyard gives us three easy exercises to help you work on your confidence, whether your fear stems from a memory of an accident or something you just can’t pinpoint.   1. Get some inspiration Ian likes to encourage group ...

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Your horse gets his foot caught in a cattle grid or hole

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Anonymous, 11 May 2011 17:08

If your horse slips into a cattle grid or gets his foot caught in a hole while out on a hack, serious injury can occur. What to do Provided you haven’t been thrown, dismount straight away and, if your horse’s foot is still stuck in the grid or hole, try to keep him as calm and still as possible to ...

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Your horse horse breaks his leg

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Anonymous, 11 May 2011 16:55

A kick or fall are the most likely causes of a broken leg, and the severity of the injury means your horse will be severely lame, holding the affected leg off the ground or at least keeping weight off it. While a broken leg is serious and often fatal, some injuries can be treated. What to do Call your vet ...

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Step five - Banish feed time frenzies

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Anonymous, 10 May 2011 16:13

Who doesn’t like to see their horses put their head over the stable door as hey approach? Well, Shane actually. “When I approach the stable door, my horses take a step back and make sure they’re not in my way – that’s because they respect me,” he explains. “If your horse is banging, nudging at you, or trying to get ...

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