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Riding: The Importance of Flatwork for Showjumpers

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Showjumping riders are becoming more and more aware of the importance of flatwork - or Showjumping Dressage - and in the ways it helps their horses to perform to the best of their ability.

Some of my friends who I studied with at college have very well paid and comfortable jobs as Flatwork riders for international Showjumpers - they go to all the top international shows, all over the world, Ride top quality horses every day, and are living their dream - all because they ride well on the flat!!!

One of my idols Earnest Dillion BHSI and showjumper and eventer to the highest levels states in...

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Something Different: Horseback Archery

In the first of our series, 'something different' we will be looking at more unusual and exciting riding disciplines. Meet Emily Massey, a 26 year old Riding Coach at Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre in the Lake District who is also a horseback archer.

"I’ve loved horses for as long as I can remember, although I grew up in a family who are not too fond of them! My first experiences riding ponies were riding my friend’s ponies, I basically learnt to ride on the roads around our village. I didn’t have my first lesson until I could already walk,...

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What are Rider Biomechanics?

Over the past few years the topic of rider biomechanics has become more popular and lots of people are turning to it to help performance issues for them and their horse, but do you really know what it is, why it’s important and how it can help you and your horse?

If we break down the word into its ancient Greek origins, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, bios means “life” and “mechanics” refers to the study of the mechanical principles of living bodies, particularly their movement and structure.  During sport, the laws of mechanics are applied to...

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Horse Health: The 10 Rules of Feeding for Healthy Horses

Understanding your horse's digestive system and how to feed your horse is essential for any horse owner.  In this article we will talk you through the basics of feeding to keep your horse healthy.

You may have noticed how your equine friend eats ALL the time! This is known as 'trickle feeding' and horses digestive systems are designed to have food, in particular fibre, usually found in grass/hay/haylage, and otherwise known as forage, working its way through the digestive system almost constantly. 

DID YOU KNOW? The horse's digestive system from top (mouth) to...

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Top Ten Tips for Amazing Horse Photos

If you want some top tips for horsey pics you are in the right place. Lucy Rose talks us through her favourite tips for taking fabulous horse photography. Lucy is an amazing photographer based in Cheshire and at just 16 years old, she already has a fabulous portfolio. She has taken photos for Riding Club camps, as well as for her local Pony Club. She also works for a photographer attending BSJA shows and has also experience of equine product photography. Having ridden since she was 5 years old, Lucy started photography with the family camera, taking photos whilst her sister, Anna...

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Meet Showing Success Penny Clarke

In the equestrian world, Penny is best known for her successes in the sphere of side-saddle and top level showing. However, over the years, she has competed in virtually all equestrian disciplines

'I started riding at a very young age having pleaded with my parents to let me go to the riding school that our garden backed onto and from the outset I was hooked!' Penny explains. 'In the early days, I used to go for a weekly lesson at the riding school, which quickly became the highlight of my week.'

As her riding progressed and it became clear to her parents that it was not a passing hobby....

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