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The Rider Must Maintains a straight line from the elbow to the bit The hands must receive and must not restrict the flow of impulsion The rider's position must be maintained, staying in balance with the horse Rider Mistakes Get behind the movement putting unwanted pressure on the horse's loins  Use obvious aids for example spurs, kicking use of the whip  It should not be obvious to the onlooker  The aids are between you and the horse, discreet, it is not a spectator sport! It is important that the horse stays supple over its back, maintains fluency and rhythm For mor tips and advice on lengthening your horse stride Read more
There are some common mistakes you should watch out for when perfoming travers, listed below are a few that will help you master this exercise. Horse's body is straight rather than evenly bent around the rider's inside leg. Loss of rhythm and impulsion. The rider pulling on the inside rein creating too much neck bend rather than using the outside leg to correct. Inside leg too far back. Too much outside leg creating too steep an angle, greater than 30 degrees and blocking the horse. Losing control of the forehand so it no longer travels along the outside track. Rider looking behind at the horse's quarters. Rider collapsing his/her inside hip. The horse losing impulsion and rhythm.  Tip: asking for less bend will improve straightness and activity. MASTER TRAVERS exrecises and tips Read more
In shoulder-in, the horse’s hindlegs stay on the track while the shoulders are bought slightly to the inside. It is important to ask for only a slight amount of bend and to be content with a few correct steps at a time before riding forwards and straight, gradually increasing the number of steps of shoulder-in as the horse becomes more established. Work on shoulder-in should be little and often. Don’t drill your horse or he will become confused and resistant. Click here for more great riding advice and tips
When devising a schooling programme for your horse, you need to take his conformation into account. All horses can be taught to work correctly, but it takes an expert eye to assess a horse and realize what will come easily to him and what he will find more difficult. Building the right muscles in the right place can change a horses appearance dramatically.For more top tips helping you and your horse read more
IS HE HOT OR COLD?Apart from the obvious signs, such as sweating or shivering, how do you really know if your horse is hot or cold?The most accurate way to know what your horse’s temperature is, is to actually take it with a thermometer, this will certainly put your mind at ease.However if you just want an indication as to whether he is too hot or cold to help you decide which rug to put on, then here are a couple of pointers…..To see if he is cold….Feel his extremities such as lips or ears, if they are cold your horse is feeling a little chilly. His coat will be another indication, just like the hairs on humans arms, his coat may fluff up and stand on end if he’s feeling the cold.To see if his hot….Feel around the shoulder area or in between his front legs – When horses are a little too warm, they tend to feel damp and clammy in these areas.For 100's more great tips helping you and your horse click here
Hacks out can also incorporate work to help your horse's suppleness.You don't have to be in a school to practise getting your horse supple, obedient and balanced. Mix it up while out hacking. Use hills to help develop a medium or even extended trot. Make it fun whilst teaching him this new lesson without the restrictions of short sides and the end of the school looming too quickly. Whist riding on a quiet track leg yield across and back. The one thing you have out hacking you don't have in a school, is space. If it goes wrong you have plenty of time to correct and ask again. Lastly, remember to praise and reward him when he does something correct or tries for you.For more schooling tips and exercises click here
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Top tips to aid weight loss in horse's•Weight loss must be gradual; avoid starvation and crash diets.•Reduce calories not bulk. Feed a diet based on grass hay or hay substitute with low carbohydrate content. Good quality straw can be used. Water must be available at all times.•Feed a minimum 1.5 per cent of current bodyweight of hay to achieve weight loss safely.•Monitor weight weekly.•Soak hay, for several hours to remove sugars.•Use a commercial low calorie feed balancer.•Weigh out feed. This may be tedious but it will stop you from being tempted to give that little bit extra.•Restrict access to grazing by reducing time at pasture, using electric fencing or a grazing muzzle.•Use a small holed haynet or double net to keep your horse occupied for longer.•Increase exercise levels.•Removing rugs or clipping will make a horse burn energy to keep warm. Equine obesity - Prevent and manage this serious welfare problem Read more
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Help protect your horse against summer bugs with these top tips 1. Spiders love flies, so leave webs in stables.2. Protect your horse's eyes with a fly mask, ensuring that all edges fit snugly around his head. 3. Flies breed in manure, so poo pick your fields daily4. If possible turn your horse out with other horses so they can stand close and swish flies away from each other.5. Bring your horses in during the day when the flies are at their worst, and put him out at night when he won't be bothered.6. Use fly papers and fly traps around the stable block and yard (high enough that your horse will not lick or get stuck too) 7. Place a fine mesh across windows and doors and use a suitable insecticide on stable walls.8. Use special feed supplements in your feed such as garlic or cider vinegar, this is thought to help repel flies through horse secretions.   9. Muck out thoroughly every day, flies will breed in deep bedding10. Avoid pasture turnout where there is standing water as flies and mosquitoes thrive on it.For more advice and tips on coping with flies and midges click here
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