Taking a young novice horse and turning it into top class show jumper is no mean feat. It takes hard work, dedication and a strict regime. Although every horse has its own personality and will respond in a slightly different way to your training plan, there are some general rules you can follow to get the best out of your equine charges. Instilling good habits at an early age will ensure a smooth transition from trainee, to career horse. It isn’t a one man job however. The success of a horse depends on a whole team of people including owners, sponsors, trainers and riders. Read more
Giving your horse treats can be fine especially if we are rewarding good behaviour, just because we love them, and yes even when they are looking at us with those big pleading eyes when we are eating a snack around them.
However as horse owners and lovers, there are a certain amount of things that you shouldn’t feed them, so its important to know what you can and what you can’t give to your horse as a treat, read this fabulous infographic to find out what is and what isn’t safe. Read more
All horse owners know that horses can be unpredictable creatures and a horse’s behaviour should never be taken for granted. Even the most placid and reliable of horses can occasionally do something out of character. This is why whether you are riding or handling horses, whether you are a beginner or an experienced horse owner, it pays to observe common sense safety tips at all times. Read more
If you’re looking to improve the physical performance of a horse, then it’s worth considering what lessons we might learn from training in humans. Human athletes, whatever their chosen discipline, achieve their physical prowess with a wide variety of different exercises. Though Mo Farah might spend a lot of his time running from place to place, he’ll also occasionally alternate with resistance exercises. A professional footballer that’s in the midst of a match will move in such a way that’s optimal for moving efficiently around the pitch – but during training, they’ll raise their knees up to their chests while running, stand on one leg while holding the other behind them, and run back and forth repeatedly between sets of cones. Read more
A horse is an animal that spends a great deal of its time walking, running and jumping – whether it’s under the guidance of a rider or of its own volition. The sort of surface being ridden on will contribute enormously to the efficacy with which they’re able to do these things – a fact to which anyone who’s ever attempted to run through wet sand will attest. Sometimes, these variances are quite subtle – but you can be sure that after thousands of hours of practice, and thousands of miles covered, even minor differences can become significant. Read more
If you’re the owner of a horse, and you intend to ride it, then you’ll need to select a saddle that’s a good fit. Next to your horse’s diet, saddle fitting is among the biggest determiners of your horse’s ultimate performance. Select the right one, and you’ll be able to enjoy the greatest possible range of movement, and the best possible posture as a rider. Read more
If you’re the owner of a horse, then you might want to occasionally take it out for a ride outside the paddock. It’ll give your horse the opportunity to stretch its legs, and give it some mental stimulation – after all, staring at the same stretch of land, even if it’s a very spacious stretch of land, is likely to get boring after a while. A change of scenery might therefore be welcome. Read more