Best buddies
Feb22

Best buddies

Are you and your horse a perfect match? Here are some top tips to help you create the perfect bond. Spend time with your horse watching him in the field so that you learn more about the way he behaves around other horses. Be clear with your signals so that he knows the boundaries – what he is and isn’t allowed to do. Make your signals firm, but avoid aggressive behaviour and remember to reward good efforts. Find places he likes to be...

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Banish bad behaviour
Feb13

Banish bad behaviour

If you’re having trouble getting your horse to cooperate in certain areas of his life, try some of these ideas. Very few of us have the perfect horse and common problems include refusing to load, be clipped or be caught, napping and refusing to go out of the yard, bucking, rearing or biting. If you can relate to one of these problems, or have an issue with something else, follow our checklist to get you back on track. Have your horse...

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EQUIDO – Now is the Time to Train…
Jan20

EQUIDO – Now is the Time to Train…

By Morag Higgins WESI MRPCH BHSAI BscES EqL4 Now the winter season is truly upon us most horse people are battening down the hatches and gamely preparing themselves for the hard slog of winter routine. For most of us winter is a survival game and little thought is given to  training your horse, especially if you don’t have any riding facilities. However, believe it or not, now is the time to be preparing your horse for the summer...

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Horse behaviour – SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE, Part 17
Nov07

Horse behaviour – SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE, Part 17

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 presented at the First International Equitation Science Symposium, 2005, and an updated version published in ‘Equitation Science’ by McGreevy and McLean, 2010. The glossary description is given in quotation...

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Help, I have a bargy horse!
Nov01

Help, I have a bargy horse!

by Nicky Moffatt Bargy behaviour is a common problem among horse owners and it usually results in the horse being strong to handle, pulling and barging into the owner while being led or generally being disrespectful of their handler’s personal space. Equine behaviourist Michael Peace advises: “Use a long rope attached to your lead rope so you have more space to start with. Then take your horse into a safe environment such as an...

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Respect – Catching your horse from the field
Nov01

Respect – Catching your horse from the field

By Anne Wilson Ideally your horse should come eagerly towards you when you reach the field gate and call his name. If not, most horses will calmly stand whilst you walk towards them and put on the headcollar ready for leading in from the field.  But sometimes, no matter how good a relationship you have with your horse, he/she will decide that the grass (particularly in spring/summer) is too lush, sweet and tempting for him to want to...

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