Horse Riding Tips from Mary King
Horse riding advice from the top GB rider and trainer Mary King…
With the first horse trials of 2016 now starting, we have teamed up with HorseHage, sponsor of top event rider, Mary King, to get Mary’s top tips for training, to help you prepare for the season ahead:
- Allow plenty of time to warm up before work, and cool down afterwards.
- Vary training work so horses stay interested and happy.
- Be thorough and methodical during schooling sessions, correcting all mistakes.
- Reward the horse with a pat and/or your voice when he goes correctly, so it is obvious to the horse, like black and white, as to what is right and what is wrong.
- Work a lot on transitions between the different gaits.
- All horses are easier on one rein. Work more on the stiffer rein.
- Think of yourself as a physio, quietly bending and helping the horse become more supple.
- Ask for more angle and bend at times – more than you would need in a test – to check the horse is open to more.
- Remember to allow your horse to stretch and relax a number of times during a schooling session.
- Be happy as a rider – do not school a horse if you are in a bad mood!
And finally, Mary also said: “We turn all the horses out every day, after they have worked, for approximately one hour. It creates a lot more work, especially when it’s wet, but it is well worth it as they stay much more calm and content.”
Said Mary, “I find that HorseHage offers many benefits compared to hay or ordinary haylage – it’s dust-free which is vital for maintaining a healthy respiratory tract and preventing conditions such as RAO (Recurrent Airway Obstruction).This is especially important when your horse has to be stabled for extended periods of time, as most of mine are, and essential for any horse or pony that competes.”
For further advice on feeding your horse or pony, please contact HorseHage on 01803 527257 or visit www.horsehage.co.uk