Conditioning horses

core engagement exercise Oct 16, 2020

Through my time rehabilitating horses with injuries, one of the things I have noticed is that a lot of the horses have looked weak in their musculature, or uneven in the musculature, so I can start to see how the injuries may have happened.

Horses have not evolved for us to ride them, and they are actually a pretty poor design for riding!

They are big animals so I think it’s easy to think they are strong. However, size doesn’t alway mean strength. Are they actually strong enough...

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Different ways to exercise your horse

core engagement exercise Oct 08, 2020
There are more ways to exercise your horse than purely riding/schooling! Swapping a few days out for other activities with your horses can be hugely beneficial to their body, mind, and actually your relationship with your horse too!
 
In-hand work or groundwork: you can do SO MUCH in this type of work with your horses, whether it’s teaching them straightness, teaching them lateral work from the ground, or teaching them not to bump into you (!), this type of work will really...
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Injury prevention - taking the force out of the limbs

The way that I look at horses is holistically, meaning I look at the whole horse, not just the areas that are injured, painful or dysfunctional.

And something that I have learnt and see regularly is that horses learn to compensate for issues in their body by avoiding/locking one area, so that the weight of the rider and forces of movement have to be absorbed elsewhere in the body.

I’ll give an example to explain what I mean.

A horse that has been ‘jarred up’ because he...

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The fundamentals of core engagement

core engagement Sep 28, 2020

My experience in working with back pain in horses over the last 10 years has provided me with the opportunity to find out what actually works when it comes to training horses!

What I have learnt and developed is a system of core engagement exercises and ‘tools’ for you to use to transform your horses posture and get him working over his back properly.

The fundamentals that I teach in my training are:

Postural correction: if your horse is moving with a tight back and high head...

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5 top tips for core engagement in your horse

core engagement education Sep 28, 2020

TIP 1: Low neck position

***Can you lead your horse around with his nose near the ground?

It's not as easy as you might think! Give it a try! If your horse can't or won't do this, he is resisting in his neck/core/back.

This is one of the fundamentals that I teach in my training - your horse needs to be able to 'let go' of his neck and back, it's really important.


TIP 2: Carrot stretches!!!

They really are one of the BEST exercises that you can do with your horses! They are super effective at...

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Horses and the dreaded arthritis...

arthritis education Sep 02, 2020

February 2020.

As the winter weather is upon us and the cold, damp conditions become the daily norm, we need to think quite carefully about how these adverse changes will affect our horses.  Over the last few weeks I have seen a large number of horses with increased stiffness levels, in particular horses diagnosed with arthritis in their joints.

Although arthritis is a long term degenerative condition of the joint, fortunately there is a lot we can be do to help our horses cope with this...

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Variable feeding positions

education feeding Sep 02, 2020

October 2019. 

Sometimes I am able to gain valuable knowledge from highly respected professionals in my industry and I just think “Wow! This is absolutely spot on, and I need to share this with my clients”

I recently wrote about variable feeding positions and how this can affect our horses. But following on from what I learnt from the amazing Sharon May-Davis at the recent Centaur Biomechanics seminar, I would like to share some more insight with you, which I am sure you will...

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Arcequine use

education Sep 02, 2020

For all the new Arcequine owners! I thought I would write an article about how I use the Arc and some hints and tips as lots of you have taken up the current special discount offer…

As of May 2020 the less than half price deal is still on – contact me for details if you would like to purchase a unit!

I have used the Arcequine for years, on my own horse and horses coming in to my yard for rehabilitation. I have seen improvements in soft tissue injuries such as suspensory...

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Kissing Spine

kissing spine Sep 02, 2020

Hi everyone, and welcome to my post about ‘Kissing Spine’. I hope there will be some useful information in here for you. Please follow me on Facebook and check my website regularly, as I am in the process of developing an Ebook and some training all about Kissing Spine…

10 years ago most of us hadn’t even heard of Kissing Spine, and now there seems to be many, many horses being diagnosed with this condition. Why the explosion in cases?

Well in my opinion, I just think...

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Practical tips for managing & preventing laminitis

education laminitis Sep 02, 2020

Unfortunately for some, we are now well into the spring/summer months which is the most difficult time of year for horses prone to laminitis. Although we now know through research that laminitis can happen at any time of year, as sugar increases or ‘spikes’ in grass for a number of reasons, and not just in sunny conditions in the spring and summer.

The weather conditions in the UK are great for growing grass, however the grass in this country is generally too ‘good’...

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