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Equine Pilates

  • Improve your riding
  • 20 November 2015
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Top yard hygiene tips

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Katy Islip, 05 February 2015 11:13

Help protect your horse's health and wellbeing with expert groom Jenny Ellis's six top yard tips. Whether you're bringing a new horse home or already have your equine partner, adding some simple yard hygiene measures to your routine will help protect his health, and that of his stablemates. If you've just collected your new horse but he's come with old, ...

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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 three

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Rebecca Statham, 12 January 2015 14:48

Melanie Watson gives advice on how you can introduce young children to handling your horse. Here she introduces clicker training to help ex-racer Mai and 10-year-old Ellie make life easier for both of them. Melanie Watson shares her advice on how you can help your horse overcome his fear of noisy equipment by using clicker training. By the end of ...

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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 ...

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Total Confidence Month One

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Larissa Chapman, 16 December 2014 13:08

If your horse becomes overexcited when you leave the arena for a hack then try follow our expert Rosie Jones’ advice… “I recommend spending time with your horse from the ground in an open space before hopping on board,” says Rosie. “Walking him in-hand, lunging or long-lining him in your field will get him used to being in an open ...

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How to plait your horse

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Katy Islip, 18 November 2014 09:45

A plaited mane can be just the ticket to getting your horse looking super-smart when you go out competing. We've spoken to expert groom Jenny Ellis for her advice on getting you plaiting in style, but before you start there are a few things to bear in mind that will help you and your horse – first, remember a freshly ...

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Feed fibre for plenty of chewing time to support your horse's health

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Dengie nutritionist Tracey Hammond, 27 October 2014 12:25

Your horse or pony needs plenty of chew time to keep him healthy. Dengie nutritionist Tracey Hammond, MSc (Dist), explains why.Horses were designed to eat fibre and in their natural environment would spend 16-18 hours a day eating. When horses have less turnout during the winter months, it’s really important to keep them chewing for as long as possible to support ...

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Working from the ground

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Larissa Chapman, 22 October 2014 16:43

With the winter weather setting in and time in the saddle harder to come by, we’ve enlisted the help of Intelligent Horsemanship recommended associate Rosie Jones to show you some useful problem-busting exercises from the ground. Leading through a narrow gap Here Rosie helps Sharon Beauhill conquer her horse Tressie’s phobia of gates with her narrow spaces exercise. There’s never ...