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2910, 2018

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Dressage, Equestrian Coach, Eventing, Horse Riding, Horse Riding Instructor, Show jumping|

  Centaur Biomechanics Equine Sports Science Seminar – October 2018 It was a real pleasure to attend this conference day at Hartpury College; it’s just the kind of thing I love doing! It is so important to keep up-to-date with research and hear it “from the horse’s mouth” (sorry!), so that we can share knowledge and understanding around the industry. The two primary speakers, Prof. Lars Roepstorff and Dr. Rachel [...]

110, 2018

The Rider’s Hands

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Improving the Rider's Hands There are lots of novice riders who struggle to keep their hands in a good position and who struggle to maintain an even, elastic contact with the horse’s mouth. The good news is there are lots of ways to improve your hand position and how use your hands as a rider and we're going to talk about those today. The key thing to think about is [...]

2608, 2018

Centaur Biomechanics Rider Workshop

By |August 26th, 2018|Categories: Dressage, Equestrian Coach, Eventing, Horse Riding, Horse Riding Instructor, Show jumping|

So last weekend I attend one of two annual events hosted by Russell Guire's company Centaur Biomechanics. It was held at the Unicorn Trust in Gloucestershire, which was absolutely lovely (although a day spent on wooden benches wasn't the most comfortable, but they had pre-warned us so I was a proper middle-aged woman and nicked the sofa cushions to take with me!). The clinic was presented by International List [...]

1308, 2018

Back in the game!

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: Dressage, Equestrian Coach, Eventing, Horse Riding, Horse Riding Instructor, Show jumping|

I cannot even begin to explain how happy I am to be getting my life back together again! Some of you will be aware that three months ago, I underwent some fairly major surgery for an ongoing health issue, which meant that I simply had to put everything on hold for 3 months. It's not the first time that I've been forced to put my life on hold through [...]

1206, 2018

Why don’t horse riders look after themselves?

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Why don’t horse riders look after themselves? www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I can honestly say that I look after my horses better than myself. It’s true! They have all their needs met; they have the very best diet, a structured exercise & work plan, they are groomed & pampered regularly, they have friends they can socialise with, the vet is called at any sign of pain or injury, and they pretty much have [...]

1206, 2018

The 5 Second Rule

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The 5 Second Rule www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I’ve recently read a book by Mel Robbins, called ‘The 5 Second Rule’, and it is amazing! The concept is incredibly simple and can be used in any aspect of our lives, but I want to think about it in terms of horses and our motivation to ride. What do you want to improve in your life? What are the things that you really should [...]

1206, 2018

Stop being so hard on yourself!

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Stop being so hard on yourself! www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I coach a wide variety of different riders and I can honestly say that I love doing it. My clients are primarily grass-roots level and for the most part just want to improve and enjoy the time they spend with their horses. It is so very rewarding seeing the partnership progress and develop, overcoming their fears & problems. One of the biggest issues [...]

1206, 2018

Managing horses and a family

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Managing horses and a family www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I had my little girl 20 months ago, and it has been an absolutely whirlwind. We never really planned to have children; we’d always talked about it but had got to a point where we simply didn’t think it was meant to be. Now I was never ‘mumsey’ or remotely maternal; I had no idea about what to do with babies or children, and [...]

1206, 2018

Traditional Grooming

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Traditional Grooming www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   We don’t groom our horses enough these days! Traditionally, when horses were working animals, grooms would be employed to provide the horse with a range of massage and grooming techniques, and I think it’s a real shame that we have lost the time and knowledge to give our horses proper, correct daily grooming. If you’re anything like me, a quick brush over before I ride is [...]

1206, 2018

To rug or not to rug…

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

To rug or not to rug? www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   My horse struggles to keep weight on. He always has, it’s just the way he is. He’s been checked by the vets (lots!), but he’s just not driven by food. Consequently, he has a body condition score of 3/5, which is healthy and good, but he can drop weight very quickly when weather gets cold. I have a whole range of rugs [...]

1206, 2018

Time to Ride

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Time to Ride www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   We’re at the time of year where the nights are now longer and darker, and it can be difficult to maintain motivation to ride and keep our horses fit and strong.  So how can we do the best for our horses and fit in time to ride? Here are my top tips…   Timetable Plan your week ahead to help you identify spaces or gaps [...]

1206, 2018

Do we take worming seriously enough?

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do we take worming horses seriously enough? www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   Worms, or more correctly, internal parasites, can be at best a nuisance or at worst fatal to horses. There are so many different types, it can be difficult to know how best to manage them. The constant challenges of poo-picking and maintaining horse pasture, of choosing which type of wormer (anthelmintic) to use at which time of year, and of assessing [...]

1206, 2018

Brilliant Bedding

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Brilliant Bedding www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   I’ve tried most types of bedding over the years, from straw to shavings to paper. I admit that I haven’t used cardboard! But my all-time favourite is wood pellets. I’ve been using them for about 18 months & they are officially ACE! Why do I love them? Easy to muck out Soo very easy. Basically, I use approximately 10 bags to set up the bed, and [...]

1206, 2018

Supplements vs. Balancers

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Supplements for Horses www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I know an awful lot of horse owners who add things to their horse’s feed. In my experience, there seems to be a trend for feeding horses a mixture of chaff, nuts and an array of supplements. Now don’t get me wrong, there are horses which require additional supplementation for specific issues, and who benefit from a specific product, but does every horse and pony really [...]

1206, 2018

Managing the veteran horse

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Managing the Veteran Horse www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk For many horse owners, there comes a time when your horse gets older and his needs change. For some, this might happen at a reasonably young age, but for others changes may not become evident until the horse or pony gets past 20 years old. As with the human population, horses are increasingly living well into old age! So what kind of things do we [...]

1206, 2018

Feeding Hay in the Field

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Feeding hay in the field www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk Not many of us are lucky enough to have an endless acreage of pasture for our horses. Indeed, many livery yards restrict turnout over the winter months so much that we’re lucky to let our horse’s stretch their legs in the field at all! Good grazing is at a premium over winter, and to attempt to keep horses occupied, meet their need to trickle [...]

1206, 2018

10 ways to save money with horses

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  No matter what you tell your other half, horses are expensive. But don’t worry, there are things you can do to try to be a little thriftier & save money for the fun stuff, like competing, going to events, shopping, etc.   Buy in bulk So we’re coming to Autumn/Winter where many of us will be stabling our horses more, which means greater costs. Try to buy in bulk [...]

1206, 2018

10 ways to improve your riding

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Get fitter The top professional riders know this, but as amateurs a lack of fitness can often get eclipsed by work, family and simply the time involved in riding & managing horses. So anything you can do to improve your cardiovascular fitness is only going to help you ride better. Ideas might include HIIT sessions (high intensity interval training sessions – google it!), swimming, jogging, exercise classes or DVDs at [...]

1206, 2018

10 horse things to do each month

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Clean your tack! All the books say you should clean your tack after each time you ride, but really? Who has time for that? I certainly don’t, so my compromise is to do it monthly. It could be a quick wipe over or a more thorough, full strip of the saddle/bridle. You might also tie this in with going to a competition or a lesson.   Check the fit of [...]

1206, 2018

10 ways to help your horse in hot weather

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

10 ways to help your horse in hot weather   Offer some shade in the field. Wherever possible, ensure that your horse can get out of direct sunlight in the field. This might be a posh (or not!) field shelter, or using paddocks with decent hedges or trees.   Provide a constant, clean supply of water Horses will inevitably drink more during hot weather, so always make sure that you [...]

1206, 2018

Top Tips for riding in the Winter

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Top Tips for Riding in the Winter www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   We’re definitely in the grip of winter now and it can be a real challenge to get motivated to ride at this time of year. Time is precious and here are my top tips for riding in the winter: Wear the right clothes! In my experience the best way to keep warm and dry in the winter is to use layers. [...]

1206, 2018

Improve your horse’s straightness

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Improve your horse’s straightness www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   Most horses start their ridden career with a degree of one-sidedness; just as we prefer to use one hand over the other, or curl our legs up a certain side when we’re sitting on the sofa while watching TV, horses also find things easier and more comfortable on one side of their body when compared to the other. The challenge for us as riders [...]

1206, 2018

Rules of Relaxation

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Rules of Relaxation www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk   The first basic ‘rung’ of the German Scales of Training is rhythm, which is such a key component of the training of any ridden horse. However, for me rhythm can only really be achieved if the horse is relaxed. I teach a wide variety of riders, across many levels with a huge variety of different horses. One of the biggest issues I come across is [...]

1206, 2018

Rewarding your horse

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Rewarding your Horse www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk I’m a big believer in rewarding my horses when they try hard, or do something that I ask. But I’m quite particular in howI reward & praise them. I’ve seen many people give their horses praise, but some methods can be really quite alarming! Great big enormous claps on the neck, virtually yelling ‘Good Boooooy’ at the top of their voice, throwing themselves at their horse’s [...]

1206, 2018

Connect to the contact

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Connect to the Contact www.theeverydayequestrian.co.uk What does the word ‘contact’ mean to you in terms of riding? For me, I think of the connection that I have with the horse down my arms, through the reins to bit and the horse’s mouth. I believe that it should be a true two-way conversation, where I can request something from the horse and he can respond. But that’s easy to say on [...]

1206, 2018

Slave to the rhythm

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

What is ‘rhythm’? Rhythm means how regular the steps are at each pace. Every stride should be a consistent length, height and level of impulsion (energy). For example: Walk – four clear hoof beats, at a good ‘marching’ pace Trot – two hoof beats. The horse’s legs move in diagonal pairs, plus a moment of suspension where all four hooves are off the ground Canter – three clear beats with a moment [...]

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