Stuffyness

Tuesday’s Tip! Stuffyness Most of us will have one of those rides where the horse seems to be full of energy and impulsion but never actually seems to go anywhere and everything we ask seems to be a huge effort. This is frequently called stuffyness. It happens to all of us and is just one of those things that happens when training horses. The best way to combat this is…

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Olympics

Tuesday today – and my tip is to go and watch the Olympics – whatever sport you like and try watching some new ones. I’ve been merrily recording and catching up if I can’t manage to watch live and I’ve been looking at all sorts of sports. Like equestrian, a lot of them don’t usually get much TV time, so go and support everyone competing and utilise the fantastic BBC…

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Perseverance

Tuesday’s Tip! Perseverance I’m looking for a horse at the minute and I am having to look through so many adverts to sift out suitable horses. I frequently want to give up! But perseverance is key. Not just in looking for a horse but in training a horse. Keep going, even when you think it might be easier to take a short cut, or lose your temper, or give up.…

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Worm Counts

Tuesday’s Tip!   Worm counts.   Worm counts are a great way of determining whether or not you need to worm your horse and places like Westgate labs not only provide an excellent fast service but can also suggest specific wormers for your horse! By using routine counts you can avoid worming and building resistance or worming unnecessarily. Great for your horse at home, or for a whole yard! You…

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Questions

Belated tip as so busy! If you don’t get what you wanted from you horse ask yourself this: Did you ask the right question? Did you ask the right question and in the right way? If the answer is yes to both, then: Does your horse know the question? Does he know the answer? Between these four questions you’ll find your problem. The first two are rider based errors and…

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Bad weather and cancelled XC

Tuesday’s Tip! Bad weather and cancelled XC Lots of eventing competitions have been cancelled due to the terrible weather we have been having. I know it can be frustrating to not be able to go out and practice your xc so a few thoughts on how to practice xc in an arena instead! Practice tricky combination lines. Set up some dog legs to work on control and lines. Set up…

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Looking at the whole horse

Tuesday’s Tip! This one from Richard Maxwell. His skill at looking at the whole horse is excellent and this particular video shows how tightness in front can lead to tightness elsewhere is very good to watch. Video Courtesy of Richard Maxwell This looking at the whole horse approach is something I believe strongly in and have found that you can often help horses by discovering why they are doing something.…

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