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  1. Dealing with horse fear - with a professional equestrian mindset coach

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    Mindset is quite a broad topic and the term has been thrown around quite a bit, particularly over the past year or so. You might have heard people talking about how wonderful their lives are thanks to their 'new & improved' mindset. So you might be wondering why everyone hasn't already jumped on this bandwagon. You might also be thinking that you want to know more about what it means for you!
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  2. Podcasts for Horse Riders

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    In this blog, we look at the best podcasts for horse riders. Easily accessible, portable, entertaining and a great way to learn new skills or facts while mucking out, walking the dog or waiting for the vet to arrive, podcasts have become more popular over recent years. With this resurgence, we also got caught up in the craze. It’s no lie that horse riding can be a lonely sport, and if, like us, some days you find your mind wandering while you’re mucking out, schooling or just grooming your horse, listening to a podcast could be just what you need.

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  3. How to See a Stride

    How to see a stride

     

    In the first of our three-part series with British eventer Tom McEwen, we asked Tom for top tips on how to see a stride without leaving the ground. All this simple exercise requires is 4 poles and confidence from the rider to let the horse figure it out themselves. Keep your eyes peeled for the next blog in the series which will look at riding transitions. 

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  4. Activate Your Horse's Core

    Improve Your Horse's Core

     

    If you enjoyed dressage rider and trainer Jess Dunn’s last blog on improving poll flexibility, then this one is for you! The horse’s core is a complex area of the anatomy, consisting of the back, spine and ribs. Good flexibility of your horse’s core is key to improving performance but also helping to reduce the risk of injury as well as maintaining general wellbeing. In this blog, Jess shows us two simple exercises that can be effective to help strengthen your horse’s core.

     

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  5. How To Lunge A Horse

    How to lunge a horse

     

    When done correctly, lunging a horse can help your horse learn to be more flexible and balanced as well as helping to improve fitness. It’s also super interesting to see how your horse moves from the ground. We asked Eventer and coach Kath Pinnington for her top tips on how to lunge a horse and why lunging can be helpful.

     

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  6. How to Deal With a Spooky Horse

    How to deal with a spooky horse

     

    Horses seem to enjoy testing us out from time to time, they can be a saint one day then channel their inner devil the next. As always with unpredictable behaviour, we recommend getting your horse checked out by a veterinary professional, an equine physio and maybe even an equine dentist if you suspect the problem could be physical. If the professionals give you the all-clear to carry on, just how can you deal with a spooky horse?

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  7. Pole Exercises for Horses

    Pole exercises for horses

     

    Winter is closing in the nights are dark and cold and it's tricky to be able to find the time or enough daylight to vary your weekly training sessions. This exercise is quick and simple yet super effective. Its main aim is core, shoulder, and back muscle activation, as well as stretching throughout – so is a good full-body workout for your horse! I wouldn’t say that this is an exercise you would solely use in a session, but it certainly works the horse sufficiently to only combine it with a bit of stretching in trot and canter afterward. Personally, I wouldn’t like to do a hard schooling session on top of this exercise as it's actually quite hard work for your horse. 

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  8. Mane Loss in Horses

    Prevent mane loss in horses

     

    Mane loss in horses is a real issue for a lot of horse owners during the winter months and so we set out to try and create a rug that helped prevent mane loss, now you can wave goodbye to having half a mane to plait and join our #nomorebadhairdays revolution.

     

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  9. Natural Horsemanship

    Natural Horsemanship

     

    What is natural horsemanship and how can it help form a strong bond with your horse? We asked our Harry Hall Heroes yard winners and natural horsemanship trainers, Zoe and Rhian from Top Barn Horsemanship to take us through the basics of natural horsemanship. From what they do in their sessions to getting to know the owners too.

     

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  10. A Beginners guide to BSJA

    A Beginners guide to BSJA

      

    Going affiliated, no matter what discipline, can be confusing. Not only are competitions more serious, with more full up and technical courses, but there are also all sorts of new rules and point systems! In showjumping, the class names also go from just the height to strange things like British Novice, Discovery, Newcomers and Foxhunter. It can be hard at first to know what classes you want to do and if like me you have a horse who already has points then what classes you're allowed to do. So here are the basics of what you need to know about when affiliating in showjumping!

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