The Best In-Hand Exercises For Horses

Best inhand exercises for horses

The Best In-Hand Exercises For Horses In-hand exercises for horses boast amazing benefits for wellbeing, strength and your relationship with your horse. Whether you’re bringing your horse back into work following injury or looking to further develop muscle strength and suppleness, these easy-to-do, DIY techniques are great to include within your horse’s routine! In-hand exercises can compromise of anything from stretches, to manoeuvres and tricks, all which keep the mind stimulated. Whilst performing tricks and manoeuvres, this can be the perfect opportunity to refine movements and perfect execution, which can…

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3 Lungeing Aids For Horses

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3 Lungeing Aids For Horses Lungeing aids for horses are a great way to improve your performance on and off of the lunge. From lungeing with side reins, to a Pessoa training aid, they encourage our horse to carry themselves in the correct frame. This helps in developing supporting muscle and keep our horse’s free from injury and fatigue. Whether you’re looking to add some impulsion and get your horse listening on the lunge or encourage a simple stretch, we’ve rounded up three of the best lunging aids for horses.

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3 Horse Lungeing Exercises To Keep Them Listening

Best inhand exercises for horses

3 Horse Lungeing Exercises To Keep Them Listening Horse lungeing exercises can be very beneficial to incorporate into routine and can make sure your horse is actually listening to YOU. Starting with the basics is key, so your voice doesn’t get lost in translation when beginning more advance work, which could cause stress and upset for both you and your horse. To put you on track to success and getting the most from your groundwork sessions, we’ve put together three essential horse lungeing exercises you should master. Rein Back On…

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Gridwork Exercises For Horses – A Must Try Setup

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Gridwork Exercises For Horses – A Must Try Setup Stuck for gridwork exercises? This is one simple gridwork exercise for horses that every rider must try! A great gridwork exercise for horses that rush, or for those looking to perfect technique on the approach, over the fences, and on the get-away from your grid, this should be a definitely be staple exercise in very rider’s routine! Gridwork exercises have a lot of advantage for both horse and rider! A great addition to routine, it can easily refresh your jumping sessions!

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Schooling Exercises For Horses

Schooling Exercises For Horses These schooling exercises for horses are suitable for all riders to do at home! Schooling exercises including a super quick warm-up and adequate cool-down, there’s no excuse not to squeeze in a ridden session and stick to your training plan with these 30-minute sessions!   Schooling Excerises for Horses Your warm-up should build through the paces you are want to use in the main body of your session, which is usually walk, trot and canter. You should begin on a loose rein, allowing your horse to…

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How To Build Your Horse A Fitness Plan

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How To Build Your Horse A Fitness Plan Build your horse a fitness plan with this quick and easy guide. We take a look at how you can schedule an effective programme for improving your horse’s performance and reduce the chance of injury, around all your other commitments. Before You Begin Before you begin your horse’s fitness plan, your horse’s general health should have the once over! If you’re starting from scratch, take a look at our guide to bringing your horse back into work. However, if you’re just upping…

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Horse Bits and Their Uses

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Horse Bits and Their Uses Horse bits can be tricky and bitting your horse with one that enhances performance can seem impossible. With horse bits, it’s important to factor in what will ensure you work well as a partnership, but not come at the cost of comfort or distress when riding! Here, we take a closer look at some of today’s most popular bits for horses, their features and how they work with your horse! Remember, bitting your horse correctly is not a simple process as what works on paper…

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How to Teach A Horse To Move Off Your Leg

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How to Teach A Horse To Move Off Your Leg If you’re looking for results, then try out these steps on how to teach your horse to move off your leg! As a rider, it can get frustrating when your horse begins switching off to your aids. Your horse may take a different course or complete ignore your requests, which can hinder performance and ultimately become dangerous. Take a step back and consider these pointers which will get you and your horse dancing to the same tune, once again! When…

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How To Cool A Horse Down: Essential Products

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How To Cool A Horse Down: Essential Products Looking how to cool your horse down? Why not try these these no-fuss products! Helping your horse recover from intense exercise or just the intense heat of the day, we’ve found some of the market leading items you need to cool down your horse. From cooling, no rinse washes to instantly cooling rugs, these products will quickly become part of your travelling essentials! How To Cool A Horse Down

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How To Cool Down A Horse After Riding At Competition

Cooling off a horse after any exercise is crucial.

How To Cool Down A Horse After Riding At Competition Here’s how to cool down a horse after riding at competition. With competition after-care for your horse is just as important as the preparation, this vital step in routine can prevent discomfort, injury, and ill-health but it is very often overlooked. So, how can we optimise our horse’s competition after-care to ensure they stay in peak condition? Cool Down Cooling down after exercise is one of the most important steps for horse riders to take after competition. Although you and…

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Reducing Horse Tension During Competition

Reducing Horse Tension During Competition Reducing horse tension can combat one of the major pitfalls riding combinations suffer with during competition. So, we’ve put together some pointers on reducing horse tension during competition.   Horse Tension – Why Is It Bad? Whether you’re a cross country fanatic or a dressage lover, tension can hinder your horse’s performance all the way up the levels. Tension in your horse’s body can be a sign of nerves or excitability and feels as though all the muscle in your horse have become stiff and…

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Becoming A Confident Horse Rider: Tackling Barriers

Mounting an ex-racehorse requires training to stand still

Becoming a Confident Horse Rider Becoming a confident horse rider is not easy! When it comes down to being a confident horse rider, two things can affect your outlook; your ability and your mindset. After time off riding, you might feel as though the reset button has been well and truly hit regarding your previous boldness in the saddle. So, what can we do to get back to our courageous riding ways? No matter how much time you have had away from the saddle, you horse knowledge is still in…

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How Can I Exercise My Horse Without Riding?

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How Can I Exercise My Horse Without Riding? How can I exercise my horse without riding? Here is exactly how to exercise your horse without riding! Boasting multiple benefits, both physically and mentally for your horse, exercise without riding could be the perfect addition to your spring routine. It is suitable for every level and age of horse, reaping rewards of weight loss, increase muscle tone and suppleness, as well as mental stimulation. Plus, adding just one session of non-ridden exercise could transform your horse’s ability and attitude to work.…

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The Importance of Breathing In Horse Performance

Respiratory Management In Horses

The Importance of Breathing In Horse Performance The importance of breathing in horse performance is often overlooked. However, it plays an integral role in our horse’s strength, stamina, and chance of injury. So, how does breathing support such vital aspects of our horse’s potential and what can we do to help horse respiratory health? What Is The Role Of Breathing In Horse Performance? Horses are natural athletes with their anatomy made up of a large heart, up to 50% muscle mass and an impressive lung capacity as they boast being…

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3 Exercises To Improve Your Riding

Exercises for an Ex-Racehorse

3 Exercises To Improve Your Riding Here are three exercises to improve your riding. Gym bunny or not, we could all do with some at home exercises to improve our riding! So, we’ve rounded up some of the best workouts you can do in the comfort of your own home. Tackling stability, strength and flexibility, whatever your riding goals, we have you covered! Improve Your Riding With… This yoga routine has been designed with equestrians in mind! Providing exercises to improve stability, strength and to release muscle tension, it is…

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Brushing Boots: A Complete Guide

Brushing Boots: A Complete Guide

Brushing Boots: A Complete Guide Brushing boots for horses are a staple accessory. The equestrian world is constantly developing new products, replacing old and out-of-date equipment with new, multifunctional accessories. But why have brushing boots remained a staple in our horse’s wardrobe, should your horse be wearing them, and if they are, do they fit correctly? We’ve run down a quick guide on everything you need to know about the staple accessory. *UPDATED: 28/06/21 Brushing boots are a protective boot, guarding the lower horse’s leg from injury. Covering from just…

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Bringing Your Horse Back into Work After Injury with McNab Eventing

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Bringing Your Horse Back into Work After Injury with McNab Eventing Bringing your horse back into work? Team McNab share their thoughts on bringing your horse back to work and fitness after injury. Discussing their tips and some of the pitfalls to avoid along the way, the McNab’s shed light on what to do during this crucial period in your horse’s career. Injuries are an inevitable part of competing and after enforced time out of work the rehabilitation process back to full fitness can be tricky. Therefore, finding the right programme…

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Bringing Your Horse Back Into Work

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Bringing Your Horse Back Into Work Bringing your horse back into work can be a daunting process, filled with uncertainty, adrenaline and nerves. To make sure you are in the best place possible to start a-fresh, we have put together some things you should consider before bringing your horse to work! Get back in the swing of things and establish a routine that works for your own and your horse’s life. If they have been turned out 24/7, introduce periods of stabling. This will also pose the perfect opportunity to…

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How To Hit The Centre Of A Fence Every Time

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How To Hit The Centre Of A Fence Every Time Struggling to hit the centre of your fence, when jumping? It’s a common mistake riders encounter, putting crucial seconds on the clock, risking faults, and compromising the effectiveness of their jump. However, we’re here to make sure you’re always on target with advice on how to hit the centre of a fence every time! Straight From the Get Go… Focus on straightness from the get go! If you want a straight approach to the jump, make sure your horse has…

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3 Tips To Riding A Perfect Circle

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Tips For Riding A Perfect Circle Riding a perfect circle sounds fairly simple. However, it is a manoeuvre where a lot of riders loose crucial points in their dressage tests. Riding a perfect circle is the foundations of equitation. Present in dressage tests all the way up the levels and a vital move in showjumping, cracking the perfect circle could put you in favour for a podium position. So to help, we’ve put together some pointers to get you on your way to circle perfection!   Bend One of the…

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How To Give Your Horse Time Off

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How To Give Your Horse Time Off Here is how to give your horse time off. There will be times where you need to give your horse time off their often, jam-packed exercise schedule. However, with routine being the of great importance to our horses, we could end up winding them up, rather than down, during their rest time! So, we investigated how to give your horse time off, safely and effectively. Taking a break over winter is a great when you’re rushed off your feet with social, family and…

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Preparing To Ride An Accurate Dressage Test with Bert Sheffield 

Bert Sheffield and Fairuza at Bishop Burton CPEDI3 2018.

Preparing To Ride An Accurate Dressage Test with Bert Sheffield  Preparing to ride an accurate dressage test? In this article, HorseHage-sponsored para-equestrian rider, Roberta (Bert) Sheffield, explains the importance of preparing to ride an accurate dressage test. Bert rides for Canada but is based over here in the UK and represented Canada at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and at two World Equestrian Games in 2014 and 2018. She has also had several successes in international para competitions and is currently working towards being selected with her horse, Fairuza (known…

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How To Stop Jump Refusals

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How To Stop Jump Refusals Stop jump refusals in their tracks, with our simple, problem-solving guide! Jump refusals and how riders deal with them can be a make or break situation for both the horse and rider’s confidence. Whilst some rider’s begin to worry, others can become frustrated and angry at the occurrence. However you feel when your horse stops at a fence, the importance of understanding the problem and finding a tailored route to help both you and your horse back on the road to confidence should be top…

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Is “English Saddle Vs. Western Saddle” A Valid Comparison?

Is "English Saddle Vs Western Saddle" A Valid Comparison?

Is “English Saddle Vs. Western Saddle” A Valid Comparison? Guest content by Nicky Ellis from Horses & Foals, Illinois, US There are lots of arguments, discussions and articles tackling the topic “English Saddle vs. Western Saddle”. This is basically a meaningless argument. You don’t have to choose between the two, and in fact, if you want to be a truly skilled and competent rider, you shouldn’t. A good rider is not dependent upon specific tack for good performance. A skilled rider should be able to ride well and comfortably with…

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How to get yourself stuck in a non riding rut

How to get yourself stuck in a ‘non riding rut’ You may have been there, but then again you may be part of those lucky few who manage to give the ‘non riding rut’ a wide birth. Here’s some points, for you not to follow…. 1. Have twins or lots of children at a young age 2. Marry someone who has absolutely no interest in horses 3. Work yourself into the ground so you have no energy to groom, let alone ride 4. Watch in awe as everyone, and their next…

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