Posted on July 31st, 2014

Clipping Part 1: Clean and Prep

Preparation is key when clipping your horse, and we speak with industry experts for their top tips and advice.


Posted on July 31st, 2014

Ride Like: Laura Renwick

Laura talks Absolute Horse Magazine readers through riding parallels…and how to do it well!


Posted on July 31st, 2014

Dressage Special Issue

With interviews, tips and advice from leading riders Judy Harley, Gareth Hughes, Spencer Wilton and Natasha Baker to name but a few, our September edition will be packed with a great dressage feature, plus Jo Hamilton will talk us through making the change from showing to dressage.

 


Posted on July 31st, 2014

Colour Me Bright – Whatever The Season

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High Visibility apparel is now part of our everyday lives with the emergency services, council workers, highway maintenance, cyclists, horse riders and even the ‘bobby on the beat’ all decked out in the proverbial ‘yellow’. We asked Nicola Fletcher, MD of the UK’s largest specialist manufacturer of equine high visibility apparel for her advice on safe summer riding.

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Posted on July 31st, 2014

Driving Safely With A Trailer

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Towing a trailer requires more knowledge and skill than normal driving and this puts additional responsibilities on a driver. In our August edition Jon Phillips of The Organisation of Horsebox and Trailer Owners explains more.

AUG14 Transport

 


Posted on July 31st, 2014

Horsebox On It’s Last Legs?

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Each year in the UK up to two million vehicles become waste. These end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) may have a serious impact on the environment.

Unlike your car, which is used on a daily basis, horseboxes by their very nature are prone to deteriorate. The fact they are stored for long periods of time, usually exposed to the elements, can be the cause of many unforeseen and possibly costly problems. Horseboxes, like horses (and riders!) need to be used regularly to keep everything working smoothly. So, what happens if your horsebox is getting on in years and the elements have taken their toll? You must weigh up whether to have it repaired, sell it, or scrap it.

In our August edition SBS Spares explain more.

 

AUG14 SBS rusty chassis


Posted on July 31st, 2014

Material Matters

AUG14 Arenas

Constructing or renovating an arena can become a costly business, but if you do your research it can make the world of difference when it comes to your horse’s performance.

In the August issue we talk to the team at Equestrian Direct Equine Surfaces for advice on the different arena surfaces on the market. They also provide top tips for readers who want to renovate or upgrade their existing arena.

 

AUG14 Arenas Installation


Posted on July 31st, 2014

Convalescing Horse

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It’s fairly inevitable that at some point during your time of owning a horse, that sickness or injury will strike. It is usually the case that a period of rest will be necessary, which will often mean the need for sudden changes in normal management and feeding routines. 

Whilst primarily veterinary treatment and care will be the first line of defence, nutrition has a role to play in aiding the recovery process. Feeding your horse at this time, will not only have to serve to meet his maintenance requirements but must also provide additional support for the healing and repair process. One of the main initial objectives is to make the transition from the ‘competition’ diet to the ‘rest and recovery’ diet as smoothly as possible to avoid any potential digestive upsets.

Nutritionist Lizzie Drury explains more in our August issue.

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Posted on July 31st, 2014

VetWatch: Sand Colic Update

NOV13 VetWatch Alex

This spring we have seen many more cases of sand colic than expected, explains Alex Harrison BVSc MRCVS from Ryder-Davies & Partners.

Potentially this is as a result of the mild winter we’ve had. Horses have been out grazing the land much more than usual and therefore are grazing closer to the ground and more likely to ingest sand. In addition to this many horses have not had the break from grazing they would usually have when it snows and therefore the sand continually builds up in the gut.

See page 40 of the August edition for Alex’s full report. Visit www.ryder-daviesvets.co.uk

AUG14 VetWatch Sand Colic


Posted on July 31st, 2014

Worming: New Tapeworm Test

AUG14 Worming

A new innovative test for tapeworm is now available to horse owners through Westgate Laboratories, the postal worm count specialists.

EquiSal Tapeworm is a laboratory test service developed and run by Austin Davis Biologics Ltd (ADB) at their laboratory in Northamptonshire. It is the first test of its kind that uses saliva to give an accurate, cost effective measure of a horse’s tapeworm burden. It is hoped that the new test will make routine testing for tapeworm much more accessible to horse owners, improving horse health and enabling targeted worming to help combat drug resistance.

Read all about this innovation in our August edition.

AUG14 Worming