Is it a good idea to buy a horse complete with tack?
May24

Is it a good idea to buy a horse complete with tack?

Question I am looking to buy a new horse and see in some adverts horses are sold with a saddle and bridle, do you think that is a benefit or should it be avoided? Answer The Society of Master Saddlers replies: Although at first glance it can appear like a ‘bargain’ to buy a horse with tack it may not always be a positive. Obviously the most important aspect to find out is, if you like the horse enough to want to buy it, does the tack...

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Speaking the Language – Part 30
May23

Speaking the Language – Part 30

A series by SUSAN McBANE explaining equestrian and scientific terminology in relation to equine behaviour and psychology, and its effects on horses and training (This series is based on a glossary of equestrian and scientific terms published in ‘Equitation Science’ by Paul McGreevy and Andrew McLean, 2010, the standard book on the subject. The glossary definition is given in quotation marks, followed by Susan’s discussion.) CONFLICT...

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Nutrition Focus
May22

Nutrition Focus

In this feature, we invite experts to answer your burning questions – please email us at nutrition@equiads.com if you have an equine nutrition enquiry. (Your questions may be shortened to fit the available space.) This month, Keith Foster of Fine Fettle Feed shares his expertise Q I have heard that charcoal can benefit laminitis-prone horses – is this true and how does it help? A Laminitis, while a multi-factorial...

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Learning to ride in the classical way – Part 4
May20

Learning to ride in the classical way – Part 4

Classical Trainer Paul Belasik and rider Francis Peto demonstrate the stability of the classical seat – photo- Black Tent Photography www.blacktent.co.uk How to sit in the saddle Last month we looked at how to mount in a way which gives the least disturbance to the horse’s back. One of the main aspects of classical riding is consideration for the horse. The more pleasant we can make the experience for the horse; the more...

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Classical Horses
May20

Classical Horses

by Wendy Newing The classical system of riding and training horses, which deplores the use of force, reached its height in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The dressage we know today evolved from training horses for the battlefield. In classical riding, sometimes called classical dressage, the rider is in perfect balance with the movements of the horse and the rider’s aids are so light and subtle as to be imperceptible to the...

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