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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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 in what you need to know about when affiliating in showjumping!

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