Equido – Prep work over the Winter
Dec23

Equido – Prep work over the Winter

By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI HNCES For most of us the winter months put a halt on our equine work as we wait out the monsoons, gale force winds and big freeze. This can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t have anywhere to work and your horse is a youngster. Never fear, there is plenty of work you can do over the winter that does not require an indoor or outdoor school and that will prep your youngster for their first...

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Common Lower Limb Swelling
Dec21

Common Lower Limb Swelling

A common issue that many a horse will develop at some stage in their lifetime is lower limb swelling. There are a number of different possible causes with varying degrees of severity. Sometimes there is no medical cause for the swelling and there is less cause for concern. However there are a number of important structures within the lower limb of the horse, which when damaged can contribute to swelling. A thorough physical exam is...

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Jumping into the saddle
Dec19

Jumping into the saddle

Question: I’m looking at buying a jumping saddle for my horse, can you offer advice on what to look for? Answer: The Society of Master Saddlers replies: Both show jumping and cross-country requires the rider to be athletic and in balance with their horse at all times. Making sure you have the right saddle that fits the horse and is comfortable for the rider is key to success whether competing at a local or international level. The...

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CLASSICAL RIDING SERIES – PART 11
Dec17

CLASSICAL RIDING SERIES – PART 11

COLLECTION by Anne Wilson The exercises we have covered so far in this series, are all designed, amongst other things, to build up the horse’s strength, suppleness and ability to take weight back onto the haunches. The strengthening of the back and hind leg joints, as well as muscles and tendons, are all important to this aim. This is the key to collection. Some of the lateral exercises previously described cannot actually be executed...

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ALL INCLUSIVE EQUESTRIAN SHOW
Dec17

ALL INCLUSIVE EQUESTRIAN SHOW

On Monday 22nd December Cosgrove Care is taking part in an all-inclusive equestrian show – the first of its kind in Scotland! “The Winter Equestrian Show” is being held at The Morris Equestrian Centre in Fenwick between 10am and 6pm. There will be lots going on for all the family at this free event. Between 10am and noon, the ponies from Cosgrove’s pioneering equine facilitated learning project will be taking part in some on ground...

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