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A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Jumping
Nov17

A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Jumping

By Jenny Richardson BHSAI Are you interested in competitive showjumping this Autumn and Winter? The indoor showjumping season runs mainly through the winter months, starting at the end of September through until April, and most venues will run affiliated and unaffiliated competitions.  Check your local indoor arena and see what they have to offer; clear round and unaffiliated competitions will start from 50 – 60 cm up to around 1.10....

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Making up the time on the XC course
Sep14

Making up the time on the XC course

By Jenny Richardson BHSAI Once you are able to produce consistent clear rounds in your cross country competitions, and are hopefully collecting a few placings, it is time to consider the clock and how you can move up the leader board. Organisers will use the time taken by each rider as the deciding factor for placings among the clear rounds in each class. Generally there are three types of timing rules: (1) an ‘optimum’ set by the...

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Advice on Saddles for Eventing
Jul06

Advice on Saddles for Eventing

Question: I am an amateur eventer moving up to BE90 level this season with my lovely home produced gelding. I have seen that a few other competitors have a specific dressage saddle for that phase as well as a jumping saddle. Will investing in a dressage saddle help improve our performance compared to our regular general purpose saddle? Answer: The Society of Master Saddlers replies: Depending on each individual situation there are...

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Is your horse ready for competition?
Mar10

Is your horse ready for competition?

By Dr Meriel Moore-Colyer Senior Lecturer at RAC and Scientific Consultant At this time of year the increase in light and temperature not only makes riding more pleasurable but also initiates grass growth and the delight of fresh forage after the long winter months of conserved forage. As we rejoice in seeing our horses frolicking around in the field and relish the reduction in mucking out, we need to be aware of the change in...

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Can diet cause a horse to fail a dope test?
Feb21

Can diet cause a horse to fail a dope test?

By Dr Derek Cuddeford The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) based in Lausanne lists on thirty A4 pages in PDF format substances that are prohibited in equines! In April 2013 there was a major scandal in Newmarket when it was discovered that horses from a prominent yard had failed a dope test. In this case, the agent discovered was stanozolol, a banned anabolic steroid which had been purposefully administered to the horses. In...

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Preparing for competition? Don’t be a dope!
Feb12

Preparing for competition? Don’t be a dope!

By Caterina Termine BSc(Hons) BVSc CertAVP MRCVS Doping issues in competition horses have hit the headlines on many occasions over the last few months where positive tests have been seen in racehorses, endurance horses and most recently in the world of eventing. The doping of horses has been carried out for centuries. There is suggestion that it occurred in chariot racing during the Ancient Roman times and was well-documented in the...

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