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Month two

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Katy Islip, 12 January 2015 14:48

When YH deputy editor Katy Islip went along to the British Racing School (BRS) for some fall training back in 2011, she really didn't know what she was letting herself in for, as she explains: The session began with a talk about the principles behind the training scheme, including the importance of recognising when we're about to fall off and ...

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Month Two - breathing exercises

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Larissa Chapman, 12 January 2015 14:42

Breathing exercises and meditation techniques are a great way to calm your nerves before riding. Breathing is something that we do automatically and don’t have to think about, thank goodness! However, it’s time we started focussing more on our breathing while riding. Horses are extremely perceptive and sensitive animals and they can sense our breathing patterns. Therefore if you’re breathing ...

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Preventing gastric ulcers

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Katy Islip, 12 January 2015 14:20

Horses are trickle-feeders, designed to be eating pretty much 24/7, and when this can't happen it can put them at risk of gastric ulcers – these occur when a horse's stomach acid erodes the lining of his stomach. Some horses who develop ulcers will show signs, such as behavioural changes or altered performance under saddle, while others may not show any ...