About Alison Buttery

I'm an Equestrian Coach who helps horse riders with practical, step-by-step training to improve their riding, training and confidence. In a nutshell, I'm a BHS Accredited Professional Coach with over 15 years industry experience, and I'm also a certified Empowered Equestrian Coach, with qualifications in NLP, Time Line Therapy(R) and Hypnotherapy. You can find out more about me HERE.

How to ride a spooky horse positively and effectively

2021-04-16T21:12:19+01:00

How to ride a spooky horse positively and effectively Spooky horses can be tricky and their antics can chip away at your riding confidence. Most of us at one time or another will have experienced a horse that spooks and it can be very off putting. It’s part and parcel of partnering up with a fight or flight animal that has a mind of its own and sometimes even it’s own agenda. What is important however is to have a plan of action in place to manage and ride these spooky horses effectively and safely, so that you can [...]

How to ride a spooky horse positively and effectively2021-04-16T21:12:19+01:00

How to take care of your horse’s winter rugs – Are you prepared?

2021-03-03T10:02:15+00:00

How to take care of your horse’s winter rugs - Are you prepared? So, spring and summer are approaching rapidly. At last, you’ll be able to get rid of those heavy, muddy turn out rugs and bring out the much lighter rug options. But are you ready? Do you have a plan for your winter rugs? How will you clean them? Do they need reproofing? Have you prepared storage? Taking good care of your horses winter rugs as the spring approaches is important. Turn out rugs aren’t cheap and although they look pretty sturdy can easily become unusable if [...]

How to take care of your horse’s winter rugs – Are you prepared?2021-03-03T10:02:15+00:00

Experiencing fear when riding? A simple trick to change how you feel

2021-03-29T09:51:58+01:00

Experiencing fear when riding? A simple trick to change how you feel We’ve all been there at some point... the feeling of fear, anxiety and nerves when riding, whether competing, hacking out, or simply mounting your horse. Your legs feel like jelly, you feel like you’re going to be sick at any moment, you tip forwards and grab hold of the reins in an attempt to keep control, your breathing is so quick and shallow that you feel lightheaded, and all you can think about is ‘I’m going to fall off / lose control / make a fool of [...]

Experiencing fear when riding? A simple trick to change how you feel2021-03-29T09:51:58+01:00

Soaking or steaming hay – which is best for my horse?

2021-02-24T15:26:54+00:00

Soaking or steaming hay - which is best for my horse? A common question often asked by owners is whether or not they should be soaking or steaming hay. There is no right or wrong answer to this question and there are certainly pros and cons for both methods. Traditionally hay has always been soaked as a way to reduce airborne respirable dust in forage however in more recent years steaming hay has become far more common and many horse owners choose to feed their horse via this method. Whether you choose to soak hay or go down the [...]

Soaking or steaming hay – which is best for my horse?2021-02-24T15:26:54+00:00

Is your horse eating his hay too fast? 11 ways make your horse’s hay last longer

2021-03-02T21:39:22+00:00

Is your horse eating his hay too fast?  11 ways make your horse’s hay last longer Does your horse scoff down their hay way too quickly? Has your horse always run out of hay? Yes? This isn't an uncommon situation. Horse’s tend to wolf down hay in the blink of an eye. It can be frustrating and worrying for owners to think that their horse may be in the stable all night or all day without any hay to keep them occupied. In this instance, it can often be tempting to provide more hay. Unfortunately, this won’t work for two [...]

Is your horse eating his hay too fast? 11 ways make your horse’s hay last longer2021-03-02T21:39:22+00:00

What is haylage and when should you feed it to your horse?

2021-02-24T14:36:24+00:00

What is haylage and when should you feed it to your horse? Feeding your horse can be an absolute minefield at the best of times. As owners, we should be ensuring that we feed our horses enough roughage in their daily diet and good quality roughage at that. Many owners choose to feed their horses haylage as opposed to meadow or seed hay. There are definitely pros and cons to both, however, the ultimate goal is to ensure you are feeding your horse the variety of roughage that works best for them. What are the key differences between hay [...]

What is haylage and when should you feed it to your horse?2021-02-24T14:36:24+00:00

Nervous rider? How you can become a more confident, calm and positive rider

2021-02-11T16:15:43+00:00

Nervous rider? How you can become a more confident, calm and positive rider Are you a horse rider who is struggling with a lack of confidence, anxiety or nerves in your riding? If the answer is yes then it is safe to say you are not on your own. Many horse riders suffer from a lack of confidence, anxiety of nerves. It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned professional, a complete beginner or somewhere vaguely in the middle at one time or another you may find your confidence dips. This can be extremely frustrating if in the past [...]

Nervous rider? How you can become a more confident, calm and positive rider2021-02-11T16:15:43+00:00

Which type of hay should I feed my horse?

2021-02-23T20:45:00+00:00

Which type of hay should I feed my horse? There are always lots of questions surrounding the subject of feeding horses and one of the most common I hear is ‘which type of hay should I feed my horse?’ This is a very valid question since it factors into a large proportion of a horse’s diet. When we hear horse owners talking about the right type of feed for their horse they will often be referring to concentrate or hard feeds such as pasture/competition mixes or similar. It is true that feeding your horse the right type of concentrate [...]

Which type of hay should I feed my horse?2021-02-23T20:45:00+00:00

What is a confident rider?

2021-02-28T13:53:59+00:00

What is a confident rider? Have you ever wondered what being a confident rider actually means? How do you know if you’re confident? Do you even think about how you’re a confident rider (or not?!)? The term ‘confident rider’ is talked about an awful lot, and there are numerous social media groups and forums where riders who are struggling with a lack of confidence in their riding share their experiences and ideas, but what does it really mean to be a ‘confident rider’? There are so many different aspects of being a rider that can influence whether we feel [...]

What is a confident rider?2021-02-28T13:53:59+00:00

Vaccinations for horses – what every horse owner needs to know

2021-02-11T16:23:05+00:00

Vaccinations for horses - what every horse owner needs to know As horse owners, it is our responsibility to ensure our horse stays fit, healthy and subsequently happy. The day to day care of our horse is an important factor however the health of our horse is far more than just feeding the right type of feed and providing adequate exercise. Providing your horse with proper health care is a vital part of keeping your horse fit and healthy and one horse owners should plan for. Vaccinations play a huge part in this and here we will take [...]

Vaccinations for horses – what every horse owner needs to know2021-02-11T16:23:05+00:00
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