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If you ever thought there must be a better and easier way to train your horse, this new training series by Kate Fenner is designed for you!  Her gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   This series will walk you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading to handling head-shy horses to ‘safe mounting’. This month, Kate starts by explaining how to prepare your horse for learning.  How your horse learns


We have all been there... It is the start of a new year and we decide that now is the time to get back into shape. You buy a new pair of runners and aim for an easy 5km jog.  For the first two minutes, you’re thinking: “Why didn’t I do this earlier, this is easy!” Gradually, the easy-go-lucky feeling is replaced by tightness in the chest, stiffness in the legs and a ‘pain is gain’ mentality. Then, before you know, it you find yourself lying on the couch with an ice pack and the new pair of runners in the corner collecting dust.


At the recent International Equitation Science Conference held in Saumur, France, new statistics were released showing competition riders are more likely to over-tighten nosebands than adjust them correctly. The traditional standard recommending nosebands are adjusted loose enough to allow two fingers to slide between the nose and the strap is being followed by just 7% of riders.


It’s tempting to pretend I’ve bravely taken on every new challenge that has come my way with my young horse, but that would be a lie. I’ve quaked in my boots many a time. Sam, the fabulous trainer who I sent Dante to for his basic saddle training and to establish his ‘buttons’ knows only too well that I can be a nervous nelly. 


Caring for people while away at your next show will be more enjoyable with our collection of nutritious, simple and delicious recipes, and practical camping tips for your family. Wholesome food for the whole family and practical advice from seasoned travellers.


Name: Basil - essential oil Biological Name: Ocimum basilicum Parts Used: Flowering tops and leaves Method of Extraction: Steam distillation Essential Oil Scent: Slightly camphorous, clover-like and similar to sweet licorice. Constituents: Beta-caryophyllene, camphor, cineol, citronellol, limonene, linalol, fenchol, eugenol and methyl chavicol.


Iron has been the subject of much discussion, mainly regarding its possible role in the development of Insulin Resistance (IR) in horses. This idea stemmed from research performed by the Michigan State University where they explored a potential link between IR and iron overload in black rhinoceros held in captivity (Nielsen, Vick & Dennis 2012), a disorder which hasn’t been documented in the wild. 


When I finally found her, choosing the trainer to take my young horse, Dante, the next step was easy. Sam is a fabulous horseperson - patient and skilled, kind but firm, and easy to get along with. Still, when I dropped Dante off, I was nervously excited. The initial plan was that he’d spend three weeks with Sam to get some basics under saddle. 


As I loaded my mare, Floss, and my young boy, Dante, into the float, I realised they had never travelled together before. Generally, I’ve chosen to float Dante with our little Welsh pony Timmy, who is a floating star. Floss has never been great in the float, although she has slowly improved over recent years, with a lot of work. Even so, I’ve always thought it better for Dante to travel in company with a better float coach, so have generally worked it so he goes with someone other than Floss.


Dante has grown up around dogs – he’s always lived on properties with dogs and has never had any issues with them. My Labrador stands under his feet licking the trimmings off the ground as I rasp his feet. But, a little while back, as we were going down a road - me on my old girl, Floss, and Dante ponying along beside us - three dogs ran down a driveway and barked ferociously at us. They were behind a gate and no real danger, but Dante jumped out of his skin.


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