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Training

How to Fit a Bit and Bridle Correctly

March 2016

As horse owners, we have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of our horses. Every time you ride, your position, posture and aids have a direct impact on your horse. But, how can you successfully communicate with your horse if your tack is creating discomfort or, at worst, causing your horse severe pain? Often, we’re confronted with behavioural difficulties that can be fixed by routinely checking our tack for wear and correct fit. Does your horse lug? Do they chew the bit? Do they open the mouth or try to get the tongue over the bit? Do they tip their head?

Why Does My Horse... Put His Tongue Over the Bit?

May 2018

Sometimes, horses get their tongues over the bit. When this happens, the tongue may loll out of the mouth in a very unsightly way, and all hope of achieving a good contact or communication line with the horse’s mouth will be lost. In horse racing, it is believed a tongue over the bit will impair the horse’s airway. 

Starting Romeo: Part 2

April 2018

In this exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine will take you deep into the essential foundation lessons for any horse.  Last month, Romeo learned basic handling, including haltering, grooming, picking up feet and tying up. This month,  it’s bridling and learning to give.  Join us for the whole of 2018 and watch the un-started, five-year-old Friesian gelding, Romeo, gradually work through each of the lessons and why not follow along with your own horse?

Starting Romeo: Part 1

March 2018

In this brand new, exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine will take you deep into starting a horse under saddle. Join us for the whole of 2018 and watch the un-started, five-year-old Friesian gelding, Romeo, gradually work through each of the foundation lessons and, why not follow along with your own horse?

Under the Influence: The Impact of Your Leadership Style

February 2018

Research on leadership in human societies has mostly been concerned with human relations in workplaces, especially those between managers and workers. Early research focused on how to make workers more obedient, useful, productive and efficient. Some people were just thought to be better - or more natural - leaders than others.  More recently, leadership is seen as a property that emerges from the relations between individuals. Moreover, the health, safety and wellbeing of workers is valued more than ever, and leadership now comes with great responsibilities of care. 

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Starting Romeo: Part 3

May 2018

In the first articles, Romeo learned basic handling, including haltering, grooming, picking up feet and tying up. This month he continues by learning to give to the bit at the walk.  In this exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine explains the essential foundation lessons for any horse using her un-started, five-year-old Friesian gelding, Romeo. Why not follow along with your own horse? Whether your horse is un-started or already going under saddle, but you feel these are areas that need a little work, you’re in the right place.  Let’s get moving! 

Are You a Rider or a Trainer?

April 2018

Humans have loved horses and their movement since the time of the Lascaux cave paintings of the Ice Age. But, the question I would like to ask is: Have horses loved humans? I’ve spent 40 years in the horse industry in different countries. From mucking out, grooming, tacking up, riding and competing to finally, in the last 20 years, becoming an equine rehabilitation professional, it has been a long and sometimes difficult road. 

Mythbusters

March 2018

Together with Dr Petra Buckley, Senior Lecturer in Equine Studies at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, we challenged students to bust some common myths and misconceptions about horse training and management. You may find the results surprising. In case you’d like to continue your own research, we’ve included a list of the full references, so head over to Google Scholar and see the science for yourself. Myth #1: Two-year-old racing damages young horses Words by Erin Sykes, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga

A Jump Ahead: From Basics to Big Jumps

March 2018

For professional coaches and aspiring jumping riders, internationally renowned equestrian coach Jen Marsden Hamilton imparts her wisdom attained from a 45-year coaching and competitive career in her debut book, ‘A Jump Ahead: From Basics to Big Jumps’. Published by Horses and People Magazine and developed in partnership with Editor-in-Chief Cristina Wilkins and graphic designer Liz Hardy, Jen’s full-colour book illuminates her proven and successful training methods with beautiful photos, detailed illustrations and her trademark wit.

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