Do you know that your horses feet have a landing side and a loading side or that your horses front feet should never be steeper than your horses hind feet? Or that your horses hoof quality is directly related to its moisture content, or the main essential functions the hoof performs? No! well isn’t it about time you did.
Jumping on a horse and going hell for leather over a cross country course is fine when you’re young and fit, but getting back in the saddle when you’re older can offer some challenges. Older re-riders are a growing part of horse shows and equestrian centres are slowly recognising the need to cater to them. So, what are you waiting for?
Breaking down on a small country lane or on the motorway in the pouring rain with one or more horses in your horsebox, isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. The next time you’re organising your show schedule or busy checking your horse or pony, give a thought to your horsebox maintenance
Before tacking up with that double bridle consider whether it is really necessary and if you know how to fit the bridle properly and use it as it was meant to be used. Riding in a double bridle is not for the novice horse or rider
Whether your intention is to simply hack out, compete at riding club shows or to progress up to advanced eventing, it is important that your horses’ fitness is increased in a gradual and consistent way. Slow and steady is the key to getting your horse fit for the job you want it to do.
A Quick DIY Dressage Arena Layout Guide … How to layout a 40m dressage arena in the middle of a field quickly and accurately using two cheap 50m surveyors tapes and four tent pegs
Just sitting on an exercise ball at some point during the day, is a form of simple exercise and it helps to strengthen the core muscles that support your spine. And, that will get you fit to ride and improve your riding.
Modern equestrian eventing competitions include a wide variety of cross country obstacles and as event riders are becoming better and better, the course designers are incorporating more and more unusual obstacles and decorations
Whether a novice or experienced horse rider we can all benefit from improving our seat position. A good seat can solve a lot of problems from wobbly legs to your hip collapsing on one side and problems with insecure rein contact
You’ll be a better rider and a better competition team if both you and your horse are fit to ride. Some equestrian disciplines, such as polo, eventing or classical dressage demand a higher fitness level than others, but any rider who is fit to ride will actually have more fun riding. No matter what equestrian discipline they prefer
Your horse can’t communicate verbally but you can use equine body language just like your horse does with you, to understand what your horse wants. Equine Body Language or the language of Equus
Above all the ideal horse head conformation in all horse breeds is a head with a relatively broad forehead. Beyond that their are horse breeds that are known for distinct head shapes and others that are prone to certain faults. Dished profiles, Roman noses, large or small nostrils and a good throatlatch are among the many things the horse owner has to know and consider …
They say that practice makes perfect and that is most definitely true when it comes to competing in horse shows and equestrian events. Having the best equipment and the most fantastic horse also help, but for those of us with more basic tools to work with here are some horse show tips for success at your next equestrian event
It doesn’t matter were they’re placed or how well they do, competing in horse shows is an excellent way for young riders to develop confidence and improve their horse riding abilities. Equestrian competitions are were they learn good sportsmanship and how to cope well with success and failure
The leg yield is a useful equestrian exercise that is probably the easiest of all the lateral movements for your horse to learn and perform. Your horse is flexed away from the direction of movement and then asked to step …
What every horse owner needs to know about horse teeth and how to care for them. How equine teeth are affected by stabling and grazing and the conditions that can result from incorrect feeding and the lack of a varied diet
Try to memorise as many and as much about these horse teeth terms, especially some of the most common terms. If you can grasp the basics you’ll understand more about your horse’s teeth and how to care for them
Lunge lining is a method of horse training that involves driving your horse in a circle on a 20-meter rope called a lunge line, while using your voice and body language to control the horses movement and direction. It is an essential part of all good horse training programs.
The snaffle bit is the most common type of bit used while riding horses. It is available in many different versions from the French link to the loose ring and eggbutt
If you look closely you’ll see that there are only two basic types of horse bit, the snaffle bit and the curb bit. They each do different jobs and all horse riders should know what those jobs are and when to use each bit.