Horses and soccer is not something that goes together at first glance, but look again. Take some horses and riders and add one large ball and you have equi-soccer. Equi-soccer is not only the newest thing in equestrian sport, but its a great tool for both you and your horse to bond and gain a better connection.
On 3 February 2011, one of our show venues was having an open day – allowing riders to pay to use the arena for one-hour sessions.
This was the perfect opportunity to prepare Moony for his first show of the new year! . . .
So you all remember the stories of Polo, Choc and Finola, and I’m sure you’ve all been thinking "But what about Bronze? Doesn’t Bronze also deserve a story?"
Yes, he does. This is a story I have been planning to write for well over a year – but I have been biding my time and waiting – waiting for an incident to complete the story... Don’t hold your breath . . .
Well, I suppose it’s now or never. The first thing you have to realize is that training your human from the ground is not enough. Good ground manners and special awareness in a human are important, but these behaviours seldom carry over to ridden work. Your human may run when you swing your quarters and yell at the appropriate volume when stepped on, but onc . . .
On 29 May 2010, I attended a competition that was a major milestone in my showjumping career. On the morning 29 May 2010 at around 9AM, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare was to be seen leaping boldly around a course of 1,20m fences. This mare, of course, was Finola. For you to understand the full magnitude of that moment, I feel I must take you back to the st . . .
The next few weeks of her recovery were full of ups and downs. The wound would begin to heal, and then infection would set in again, and once more I’d have to wait, scared to death, while they tested to see if it was in the joint. And so it went on, for months on end, with Choc waiting in the hospital, lonely without her friends, and the bills piling up quic . . .
This article was inspired by my own fantastic event horse, Bronze, who – like most eventers – is eating a lot of high-energy food, and doing a lot of work. Basically, Bronze is a machine, and his main operating function is to bear down on a course of big, solid jumps like a freight train and jump clear inside the time.
When it comes to the dressage functi . . .
When it comes to bitting, you always want to go with the softest option possible. A horse’s mouth is extremely important, and you want to keep it soft so that you have a clear connection with your horse, and can use light, subtle aids. Anybody who has once ridden a school pony can probably tell you how unpleasant a horse with a hard mouth is to ride. They le . . .
Before I begin, let me make something clear. These are my methods. Methods that have worked for me in the past as well as new methods that I have decided will work for Moony in the future. These methods might not work for every horse, in fact they probably won't, because Moony is uncharacteristically calm for a race horse, especially compared to those I have . . .
A trakehner is a type of cross country jump consisting of a pole suspended over a ditch. These jumps often prove a huge problem, especially for up and coming eventers, simply because of the intimidating nature of the fence. When riding into a trakehner, it is difficult not to think of all the things that could go wrong, like your horse putting a leg in the d . . .
Have you ever gone horse boot shopping, walked into the tack store, and found yourself bombarded by so many different kinds of boots that you’re just about ready to run for your life and put your poor horse in Crocs instead? Well, if not, then you’re clearly not doing your boot shopping right! Either way, read on, because this is the article for you.
When . . .