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Training

Horse Training Course Part 3: 10 Easy Steps to Easy Trailer Loading

May 2017

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!  Kate’s gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   This series walks you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading, to handling head-shy horses, to safe mounting.  Last month, it was hips to the fence for safe mounting. This month, it’s training your horse to load - easily!

Better Than Okay

May 2017

Lately I’ve been feeling my young horse, Dante, is too much for me. I think he’s as good as could possibly be expected for a four-year old fresh back from being professionally started. I don’t doubt him at all. But me? That’s a different matter. 

Horse Training Course Part 2: Hips to the Fence For Safe Mounting

April 2017

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!  Kate’s gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   This series walks you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading, to handling head-shy horses, to safe mounting.  Last month, Kate launched the series explaining how to prepare your horse for learning. This month, it’s training hips to the fence for safe mounting.

Green Pony Blog 12: Stepping Up and Stepping Out

March 2017

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. 

Hot Cross Scones

March 2017

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.

Basil

March 2017

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: Friend or Foe?

March 2017

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. 

Let the Riding Begin

February 2017

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. 

The Science Behind the Sport

February 2017

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.

Spring Into Action

October 2016

Winter is over and, with Spring in the air, we all want to get back in the saddle and start riding our horses again. Many horse owners cannot ride or exercise their horses as much as they would like during the Winter because they don’t have access to indoor facilities and the weather where they live is not conducive to outdoor riding or training. 

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