Lunging with a tail bandage

Tuesday’s Tip! Lunging with a tail bandage to increase hind end engagement Handy video for you this week. Apologies for the dodgy lighting and my voice – hard to lunge and record at the same time! I also had to video it on my phone as my camera had a dead battery  – woops! so the quality is a bit poor as well. The tail bandage is attached low to…

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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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Fields!

Tuesday’s Tip! Fields! Now is the time of year to plan field maintenance. Sort out fencing, gates and gateways. Check your fencing is still sound after all the wind and rain we’ve had and replace or upgrade if necessary. Check that any electric fencing is still working well and that fixed attachments are not broken. Field shelters can be checked over (and cleaned out if you deep litter) and wood…

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Lower Leg Forward

Tuesday’s Tip Working on a few positional problems. Up first: Forwards lower leg This is generally caused by tight inner thigh and/or hips. These are too tense and so pull your leg forwards and out of alignment. This also shifts your seat bones so they are not sat evenly on the saddle and can cause your trunk to lean slightly backwards. Ground and mounted stretches will help reseat your seat…

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