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Improve trust between horse and rider

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  • 10 August 2011
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Niki finds time to ride

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Your Horse, 03 February 2011 17:25

At a third coaching session, Christine was pleased to see that Niki was still on track, not only managing to make time to ride but enjoying her riding again, and ready to end her meetings with Christine. “Niki needed to make room in her busy life for ‘me time’ to ride,” explains Christine. “Dressage wasn’t the big thing she thought ...

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TREC: What is TREC?

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Jane Barden, 21 January 2010 11:49

TREC is a unique test of horse and rider partnership that appeals equally to novices and champions alike. Just about anyone can have a go, on any type of horse or pony, as an individual, pairs or even teams. What’s on trial is not the beauty of your horse or his jumping talent or even his speed but his versatility, ...

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Safety at the yard: Hopping lame rider

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Janice Rhodes, 15 December 2009 10:36

You hear a scream from the adjacent stable and rush round to find your yard-mate hopping around in agony. Her chunky cob has just stood on her foot. What do you do next? Remove bootIf the incident has just happened, remove the casualty’s boot before her foot starts to swell. Elevate the limb and apply iceIt’s likely the casualty has ...

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Safety at the yard: Crushed at a competition

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Janice Rhodes, 15 December 2009 10:31

You’re at a competition when you spot a crowd of people gathered round a casualty who has become trapped under the ramp of a lorry. She’s in agony and the people around her are panicking. What do you do next? Make the scene safeIs there a horse inside the trailer? If so he could start to panic and back down ...

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Safety at the yard: Out for the count

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Janice Rhodes, 15 December 2009 10:27

You’re out on a hack when you find a rider lying in the middle of a field. She’s unconscious. What do you do next? Ensure the patient is breathingIf the patient isn’t breathing, you’ll need to resuscitate her. Keep the patient stillIf you suspect that the casualty has suffered a fall, keep her still. She may have suffered a spinal ...

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Safety at the yard: Suspected fracture

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Janice Rhodes, 15 December 2009 09:43

You’re riding out with a friend when her horse is spooked by a jogger. The horse bolts and throws your friend into a metal gate. Your friend has pain and swelling in her right arm and left leg. What do you do next? Remove restrictive itemsIf the affected limb is fractured, it will start to swell rapidly; things like watches ...

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Safety at the yard: Treating head trauma

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Janice Rhodes, 15 December 2009 09:31

You come across a rider who has fallen off on the road. It’s obvious that she has sustained a serious head injury. What do you do next? Make the scene safe It’s crucial that you remain calm and keep your wits about you. Putting your own life in danger will only make the situation worse. Make sure the road is ...

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Beating Travelling Anxiety: A cut above the rest

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Imogen Johnson, 06 November 2009 15:56

It only takes one bad journey to make future trips in the lorry or trailer frightening for many horses, so how can you ease a horse’s travel anxiety? Over the years, equine transport has developed almost beyond recognition. Horse owners can now be confident that modern forms of equine transport are safe and comfortable for their horses, so the stressful ...

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How strangles is caused

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Gayle Hallowell, 09 September 2009 15:49

Strangles is one of the most common respiratory infections in the horse world; for instance, in Sweden, there are four cases of strangles for every case of equine flu. The disease can kill – research shows a one per cent mortality rate in simple cases – but it’s the complications that cause the trouble. Not only is your horse quarantined, ...