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Should you give your horse a winter break?

Event rider and trainer Harriet Morris-Baumber asks the question…

Christmas Gift Guide Part

Whether you are shopping for a loved one, a friend or even yourself (!) check out our fabulous gift guide series.
There’s ideas for you, your loved ones, your horse and even handy yard additions.

Health & Welfare: Banish the Winter Blues

Horse owners look ahead to winter with a sense of trepidation. Riding on a crisp, frosty morning sounds idyllic but in reality it is often more a case of battling the muddy elements just trying to turn your horse out in the field. As the nights pull in so does the sense of dread.

At Grove House Stables LLP based in Misterton, Nottinghamshire, owner Andrew Stennett knows only too well the difficulties of caring for a horse through winter. Running a busy equestrian centre, Andrew and his team have 35 horses and ponies to look after. Read Andrew’s full article in our November edition about juggling a full-time job with caring for your horse…

Autumn Parasite Control

Parasite control is very much a seasonal game, targeting the right worms at the right time of year to guard against the threat to horse health that comes with infection.

Generally warm wet weather increases parasite activity while extremes of temperature and dry conditions help to stop them in their tracks. With that in mind we might think that the long hot summer we enjoyed in the UK would play to our favour and benefit our worming too. Surprisingly Westgate Labs have seen quite the opposite with higher than average worm counts being recorded throughout August and September. See full article in our October edition….

Interested in a career with horses?

Why not explore your options at the Thoroughbred Club Careers Course? The Thoroughbred Club is the social, educational and professional club set up by the TBA for young people looking to further their career in racing and breeding. This year the club is running a two-day Careers Course, to help those with a passion for horses explore the large range of career and training opportunities available within the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

The unique course, which is open to both members and non-members of the club, will take place at Tattersalls Park Paddocks, Newmarket on 13th and 14th November. Both days will include a number of workshop style talks with a fantastic line-up of speakers from a variety of roles. Talks will focus on the speaker’s current role and background, and will also give an overview of the sector in which they are involved in. Delegates will be able to select these workshops based upon their own areas of interest, meaning that there is something for everyone. The course, which is supported by Weatherbys, the TBA and The Racing Foundation, will also include behind-the-scenes visits to leading industry establishments to give attendees the opportunity to apply what they have learnt in the talks in a practical setting.

See full article in October edition for details…

Refurbish your existing stable block

It’s not long before the competition season comes to an end. When all the rushing around is over, take some time to reflect on your needs for 2019. What changes do you need to make to your yard, and the way it is organised, that will help you get ahead?
When you invest your time and money into horses, their safety and security is paramount. Scotts of Thrapston replacement doors and windows will make a difference to their comfort and reduce the chance of injury as the full article in our October edition explains…

Equine insurance dilemma

We all know how life can throw up all sorts of obstacles, not least with your horse’s health and well-being where things can change so quickly with freak accidents and illness.

So we asked leading equine insurer, Petplan Equine, to explain what happens when you have to make multiple claims on one insurance policy in quick succession, and what you should expect from your insurer.

See August edition for details.

Equine Intuitive, Coach & Author – Rachael Beesley

Rachael Beesley, Equine Intuitive, Coach & Author, and Founder of Equisentient Coaching has an innate ability to communicate with horses and other animals.

In our August edition, Rachael will be explaining what she looks for from the horse with regards to communication.

Ride Like: Developing the Walk with Bert Sheffield

Equithème sponsored rider Bert Sheffield is no stranger to competing at the highest level as she was selected to represent Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and came fourth at the World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Now she is working towards selection for the World Equestrian Games this year and aiming for the 2020 Paralympics at Tokyo with her young horse Wonky.

In our August edition we catch up with her as she provides us with her top tips on how to develop the walk.

Best Foot Forward

As the old saying goes ‘no foot no horse’, ailments affecting the foot can have severe implications for your horse leading to them being out of action for quite some time.

See our May edition for specialist advice on Abscesses, Bruised Soles, Puncture Wounds and Thrush.