Train like Scott Brash with this new exciting platform …

Scott Brash MBE with horses and dog

Train like Scott Brash with this new exciting platform … Did you know Olympic showjumper and well respected equestrian Scott Brash MBE has been busy during lockdown building a training platform to help riders like you with training at home? In this article, Scott talks about how the idea of the training app came about, what to expect as a member, his future aspirations for the platform and more. Experts in their field know that giving back to those who aspire to become better at what they do gives people…

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Bex Mason’s Four showjumping tips for the more experienced horse

Bex Mason Showjumping Tips for the more experienced horse

Four showjumping tips for the more experienced horse This month we are joined by equestrian competitor and coach, Bex Mason who gives her four top showjumping tips for readers with more experienced horses by highlighting the importance of the basics, variety, cavaletti training and goal setting. About Bex Mason Based in Gloucestershire, there’s not much Bex Mason hasn’t done in terms of equestrian competition since the launch of her business in 2010. Having spent over a decade training and competing with top riders such as Tina and Graham Fletcher, naturally…

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3 Lungeing Aids For Horses

Dr Sue Dyson observing a horse being lunged

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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Lucinda Green’s Top Tips for Getting Back in the Saddle After Lockdown

Lucinda Green's Top Tips

Lucinda Green’s Top Tips for Getting Back in the Saddle After Lockdown This month we welcome eventing superstar, Lucinda Green MBE to talk about climbing back into the saddle after lockdown. For many of us, our horses have taken a break from competition this year and whilst some choose to give them rest over the next few months, a number will continue to keep their horses fit throughout the winter months, in preparation for what we hope will be a good spring. For a few, this may mean bringing our…

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Preparing for Your First Medium Dressage Test with Sara Malpass

First Medium Dressage Test Preparation with Sarah Malpas

Preparing for Your First Medium Dressage Test with Sara Malpass In this article international dressage rider and instructor, Sara Malpass delivers tips on how to prepare for your first medium dressage test by explaining more on the movements expected at this level, alongside uncovering some common mistakes made. Guest Author: Sara Malpass Stepping up to ‘Medium’ in dressage is really exciting as it brings about some exciting new movements, like the half pass for example – which is also seen at the top levels of dressage. This, however, can also…

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RiderCise Exercise Programmes to Get Riding Fit

RiderCise

RiderCise Exercise Programmes to Get Riding Fit RiderCise looks to get riders fit to improve their own ‘way of going’ to ultimately help horses when under saddle… Looking to get riding fit, but not sure where to start? As riders, it’s important to work on our own fitness levels to improve our ability in the saddle. RiderCise exercise programmes offer the rider the ability to work on fitness and to tone the right areas needed for stability AND ability in the saddle, which ultimately increases the performance of the horse.…

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Cooling Off a Horse After Cross-Country

Cooling off a horse after any exercise is crucial.

Cooling Off a Horse After Cross-Country Cooling off a horse after any exercise is crucial. No matter what the activity or duration, time to stretch out muscles and let the heart rate return to normal should be a regular part of any horse rider’s routine when riding the horse at home. Event rider, Harriet Morris-Baumber understands the importance of cooling a horse effectively, especially following the cross-country phase of an event. Here Harriet explains about aggressive cooling and how to efficiently reduce a horse’s core temperature. Guest Post: Harriet Morris-Baumber…

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Q&A: Areas to Consider When Assessing the Fit of a Saddle

saddle fitting

Q&A: Areas to Consider When Assessing the Fit of a Saddle Topic: Assessing the fit of a saddle when the horse has been out of work. Here we welcome the thoughts of Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Master Saddle Fitter, Helen Reader, on saddle fitting as she answers a frequently asked question: My horse has changed shape since coming back into work and I’m worried his saddle isn’t fitting him as well as it used to. What are some areas to consider when assessing a good saddle fit? Helen’s Answer…

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How to Leg Yield Your Horse

how to leg yield with Alex Harrison

How to Leg Yield Your Horse In this article, you can learn how to leg yield your horse with D&H Brand Ambassador, Alex Harrison. The article covers what the lateral movement is, primary aids, exercises to incorporate leg yield and common problems. What is leg yield and what is the purpose of the movement? Leg yield is typically the first form of lateral movement that would be introduced in a horses training. Although it is only required in Elementary tests leg-yield is arguably one of the most important lateral movements.…

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5 Non-Riding Exercises to do with your Horse

5 non riding exercises to do with your horse

5 Non-Riding Exercises to do with your Horse Riding/Training:: Everything Horse As the lockdown persists, here are 5 non-riding exercises to do with your horse. While riding hasn’t been banned, it may still be a good idea to consider doing more groundwork to help prevent injury, as the last thing any of us want to do right now is end up in hospital, or put any more strain on the NHS. Now maybe the time to learn a new skill, slowly and safely of course. New skills and exercises undertaken…

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Defining a Green Horse and Recommended Training

Alex Harrison - Defining a Green Horse

Defining a Green Horse and Recommended Training Magazine :: Everything Horse April’s riding feature concentrates on the green horse. For the article, we invited international Dressage rider and Dodson & Horrell brand ambassador, Alex Harrison, to give us his thoughts on what makes a green horse … green, what training should be undertaken and how to deal with competition days by using turn on the forehand. The article is a really great read, enjoy! Written by Alex Harrison, International Dressage Rider and Dodson & Horrell Brand Ambassador What is a…

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Improving Your Core Strength for Stability in the Saddle

Core Strength

Improving Your Core Strength for Stability in the Saddle with Help from, Harriet Morris-Baumber Rider Training :: Everything Horse There’s never been a better opportunity to fine-tune your riding skills than now, while we are all forced to stay on-site due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we take a look at the riders core strength with event rider, Harriet Morris-Baumber. As riders, we are becoming increasingly aware of our own fitness and the impact it has on our ability in the saddle, alongside the performance of the…

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Training a Horse to Hack Alone

Training a Horse to Hack Alone with Harriet Morris Baumber

Horse and Rider Training :: Everything Horse :: Magazine Reads (video below) Here event rider and trainer Harriet Morris-Baumber offers advice on training a horse to hack alone. Training a Horse to Hack Alone with Harriet Morris-Baumber Hacking out with your horse is one of the great pleasures of riding unless your horse sees a lion behind every tree, or performs a Grand Prix standard pirouette at the sight of a crisp packet. When advertising a horse for sale, ‘hacks alone’ is often seen as a positive sign of a…

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The Pelham: Bits in the Spotlight

Pelham Waterford

Bits in the Spotlight: The Pelham This is a bit with two points of rein attachment; an upper (Snaffle action) and lower (curb action) rein. A curb chain should be fitted and a lipstrap attached. Pelham bits are useful for horses with smaller “full” mouths e.g. Cobs, that could not accommodate the two bits of a Double Bridle. How does it work? They encourage the head down and inwards. The action on the lower/bottom rein encourages the head down and inwards by placing pressure downwards on the poll and mouth…

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Setting Achievable Goals for You and Your Horse in 2020

setting achievable goals harriet

Setting Achievable Goals for You and Your Horse in 2020 It is that time of year again when resolutions are made and often broken before the start of February. Here event rider and trainer Harriet Morris-Baumber offers advice on setting goals that are achievable. Whatever your resolution or goal seeing it through is all about making sure they are achievable in the first place. This is not to say that you shouldn’t push yourself out of your comfort zone but in equestrianism, ambition can sometimes outweigh ability like in no…

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Systematic Training – The Key to Success

Systematic training usually involves sticking with the same trainer. Photo Credit Iain B Photography

Systematic Training Feature with Harriet Morris-Baumber On winning Badminton 2019, Piggy French was quoted as saying: “This shows that if you have a system and work hard, dreams can come true.” This is a philosophy that event rider and trainer, Harriet Morris-Baumber, not only lives by herself but also instils in her clients. “Systematic training, hard work and consistency are the foundations for any successful partnership and once a training programme is developed, it must be given time pay off.” said Harriet. What is Systematic Training? Systematic training usually involves…

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Exercises for an Ex-Racehorse

Exercises for an Ex-Racehorse

Exercises for an Ex-Racehorse with Victoria Bax Courtesy of Aloeride, the natural, organic aloe vera supplement for horses, we spoke to Victoria Bax, a professional event rider who specialises in producing ex-racehorses for eventing to ask Victoria which exercises she recommends. First Things First After buying an ex-racer, I tend to turn them away and give them a period of time off work in order to relax and be a horse. I do this because many have skipped that crucial period due to their training starting early on in their…

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The Art of Doing Nothing – Natural Horsemanship

Natural Horsemanship - The Art of Doing Nothing

Guest Feature :: Everything Horse :: Magazine The Art of Doing Nothing – Natural Horsemanship written by Suzie D’Ambrosio, Suzie School Horsemanship Be honest, how often do you ask nothing of your horse? The art of doing nothing is a pretty powerful something that most people aren’t sure how to do. So, we know doing nothing means doing exactly that…nothing…but it’s such a hard concept for our human brains to understand. Often, we think we’re doing nothing but really we are still, unintentionally, doing something. Yesterday I spent 11 hours…

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Lunging a Horse, Back to the Basics with Everything Horse

Lunging a horse top tips and non riding exercises with Everything Horse. image credit SG Sports Horses

Lunging a Horse, Back to the Basics with Everything Horse In this feature, we focus on the first steps of lunging a horse or pony. These simple ‘back to the basics’ tips will help you and your horse on the way to a productive training session. Lunging a Horse  Lunging a horse can be very rewarding, it is also a good starting point for any young horse’s training. Another good reason to lunge your horse is to assess their way of going, or perhaps when time is limited and your…

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Top 10 Tips for a Young Horse’s Training Schedule

Top 10 Tips for a Young Horse’s Training Schedule with Steph Gumn

Top 10 Tips for a Young Horse’s Training Schedule with Steph Gumn This month young horse producer and coach, Steph Gumn, has provided us with a ‘top 10 tips’ feature focussing on the young horse’s training schedule.  Staffordshire based Steph, who has a wealth of expertise in the field, focusses on education, recuperation, and progress. Steph’s Top 10 Tips Feed for the work you’ve done, not the work you plan to do. With young horses, the correct feed can make the difference between a productive training session and feeling frustrated.…

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Young Horse Training with Harriet Morris-Baumber

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. A young horse needs lots of practice competitions before the real thing.

This month, for our young horse training feature, event rider and trainer Harriet Morris-Baumber offers readers her top tips when training a young horse. Young Horse Training with Harriet Morris-Baumber If you have got a young horse with bags of potential how do you ensure that you harness this talent in the right way to produce a well-rounded horse that is a pleasure to compete? Event rider and trainer Harriet Morris-Baumber has a wealth of experience in training young horses for herself to compete and when coaching her clients. Producing…

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Training with Ros Canter on Jumping at Home

Ros Canter Riding Alister B at Badminton 2017

Training with Ros Canter on Jumping at Home Here, FEI World Number One Event Rider – Ros Canter, shares her insight into jumping at home to improve your skills and prepare for a competition courtesy of her sponsor Equipe. LAST year saw Ros take third place at Badminton and Luhmuhlen Horse Trials and become World Champion after taking Individual and Team Eventing Gold Medals at the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, USA. Explains Ros: Start warming up with a small show jump, both horse and rider must be looking…

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Cross Country Training – Jumping Ditches with Harriet Morris-Baumber

Training Jumping ditches - To introduce your horse to a trakehner use a showjumping pole above the ditch.

Cross Country Training – Jumping Ditches with Harriet Morris-Baumber In the first of a two-part eventing series, trainer and event rider, Harriet Morris-Baumber, offers advice on jumping ditches. Ditches appear on every cross-country course, from grassroots level through to 5* events, with the depth and width increasing as you move up through the levels. For some horse and rider combinations, that hole in the ground can prove a daunting challenge and they are notoriously difficult to replicate in training. Ditches that have a clearly defined edge or are not sunk…

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Tackling Skinny Fences with Harriet Morris-Baumber

Skinny fences come in a variety of forms, including a skinny brush. Photo Credit; Iain B Photography

Tackling Skinny Fences with Harriet Morris-Baumber A skinny fence can strike fear into the hearts of some riders, and course builders love to throw in this technical challenge to test how accurate your riding is, along with your ability to keep the horse straight. Event rider and trainer, Harriet Morris-Baumber is used to negotiating these types of fences when she is competing herself and instructs her clients on the best way to tackle skinny fences, which can be one of the most common causes of a run-out. Skinny fences come…

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3 Easy Tips for Showjumping with Jessica Mendoza

jessica mendoza jumping tips

3 Easy Tips for Showjumping with Jessica Mendoza Feature courtesy of Renwick & Sons, Purveyors of the finest grooming tools. Here Jessica Mendoza gives her top three tips for showjumping. In this feature, Jessica is riding ‘Zizi’ NP Zelah, a 10-year-old bay mare, and is jumping 1m35/1m40. Top Tip No.1 For horses that rush Build a small cavaletti size fence, with a six meter distance to another fence, include a pole five strides behind this (as below). This fence set up is really good for slowing down your horse’s pace…

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