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June 19, 2017

Fairhorsemanship: Targeting, an effective yet unde

In animal training, there are seven techniques available to trainers to obtain desired behaviours from their animals. The most popular technique in the equestrian world is aversive stimulation (or the... Read More

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May 16, 2017

Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s grazing muzzle guidan

Andie Vilela, Redwings Education and Campaigns Manager, discusses the use of a grazing muzzle. Finally, spring appears to have sprung! While we are busy celebrating the sunshine and longer evenings... Read More

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April 28, 2017

Fairhorsemanship: Using food rewards safely

As discussed in our previous article, positive reinforcement involves adding a pleasurable thing following a behaviour, making this behaviour more likely to be repeated in the future. What this pleasu... Read More

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March 28, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: Problems when single line

In the sixth part of ‘Ground Training’, Fred and Rowena Cook (of Equine Management and Training) address the issues most people face when single line lunging a racehorse out of training. More... Read More

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March 24, 2017

Fairhorsemanship: Introducing positive reinforceme

Fairhorsemanship (FH) is a humane, science-based horse training method created by French horse trainer Alizé V.Muckensturm. FH is dedicated to promote non-coercive training methods, to reduce the use... Read More

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March 23, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: Lunging with training aids

In the fifth part of the series on ‘Ground Training’, Fred and Rowena Cook (of Equine Management and Training) look at how training aids can be effectively used with racehorses out of traini... Read More

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March 21, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: Introduction to lunging

In the fourth part of the series on ‘Ground Training’, Fred and Rowena Cook (of Equine Management and Training) look into the basic technique of lunging and how to correctly use equipment. Lun... Read More

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March 17, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: Leading lessons

In the third part of the series on ‘Ground Training’, Fred and Rowena Cook (of Equine Management and Training) discuss the issues that crop up regularly regarding the topic of leading.  Raceh... Read More

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March 13, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: The right direction

In the second part of the series on ‘Ground Training’, Fred and Rowena Cook (of Equine Management and Training) take us step-by-step through the teaching process behind backing up and disengag... Read More

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March 8, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: Ground training basics

In the first in the series on ‘Ground Training’, Fred and Rowena Cook (of Equine Management and Training) start from the very beginning to introduce the idea of working on the ground ... Read More

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February 2, 2017

Choosing an equine ‘Back Person’

We all know how important it is to ensure our horses receive the best care. From saddle fitting to teeth rasping, veterinary care to feeding requirements, worming to shoeing, the list goes on and on! ... Read More

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January 25, 2017

Are you prepared for a pony?

Rehoming a horse or pony from a sanctuary like Redwings Horse Sanctuary is a rewarding experience for the new owner, the pony, the charity and of course other equines out there in need of rescue. When... Read More

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January 20, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: Feeding scenarios

In the second of a two-part special on feeding an ex-racehorse, Fred and Rowena Cook of Equine Management and Training, use scenarios to explain which diet your horse may need to get them to a healthy... Read More

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January 17, 2017

Retraining a Racehorse: Basic feeding

In the first feature in a two part special on feeding an ex-racehorse, Fred & Rowena Cook look at a horse’s natural feeding habits, the basics of a horse’s diet and how to correctly ... Read More

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December 13, 2016

Retraining a Racehorse: Safely home

For the purpose of these articles you are reminded that the horse is straight out of training. This article provides a guide as to what to expect and what to do when your horse first arrives. So you h... Read More

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November 13, 2016

Retraining a Racehorse: Initial issues

In the first part of this feature, Fred and Rowena looked at how to select and horse and what to expect from a horse straight out of training. Here they go on to explain the over issues that need to b... Read More

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November 11, 2016

Retraining a Racehorse: Finding the one

This article is mainly aimed at those who are less experienced with horses or have not re-homed an ex-racehorse before. It is written with the intention of providing as much information as possible on... Read More

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November 7, 2016

Rugging in winter

As a horse owner it can be hard to know whether or not you should rug your horse in winter. Andie Vilela, Education and Campaigns Manager at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, gives some advice to help you dec... Read More

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November 7, 2016

Retraining a Racehorse: Introduction

In preparation for our upcoming series on Rehoming a Racehorse, we introduce writers Fred and Rowena Cook, of Equine Management and Training. Fred and Rowena Cook run a training yard in Lincolnshire ... Read More

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October 19, 2016

Remember, remember, your horse this November

This article was written by Andie Vilela, Redwings Education and Campaigns Manager Fireworks are a worry for many animal owners and it can be difficult to protect horses from the fear that fireworks o... Read More

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October 7, 2016

Prepared for winter?

There are lots of factors to consider when assessing to what extent your horse can withstand the change in season and how the winter might be made more comfortable for them. Andie Vilela from Redwings... Read More

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September 14, 2016

Reducing your carbon hoofprint

Cutting costs is a welcome idea for many and embracing green energy can do just that, whether you are looking to save money or improve your green credentials, installing renewable energy products can ... Read More

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August 5, 2016

Achieving better worm control

The show season is in full swing and with the Rio Olympics starting this weekend we thought it timely to consider parasite control in the competition horse. Whether you take part in local pleasure rid... Read More

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July 25, 2016

Equine myths

Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy (KBHH) was launched in 2014 to wide acclaim; its aim is to reduce the risk of illness and disease to Britain’s horses by focusing on preventative healthcare. Vicki... Read More

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July 12, 2016

Buying a horse – the legal aspect

Leathes Prior Solicitors highlight the importance of thoroughly researching a horse before purchasing it to make sure it is suitable and the need for buyers to protect themselves legally, set out belo... Read More

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July 12, 2016

Tips for warming up

Warming up in a show environment can be stressful, so here are some tips to help… Allow yourself enough time – Warming up should never be rushed. It is recommended by Equine Sports and Reh... Read More

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July 11, 2016

Breeding a competition horse

When it comes to breeding, the process can be difficult. We speak to Issy King, with her own homebred horses, about her experiences with breeding for competition and what it takes to attend BEF Futur... Read More

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July 4, 2016

Showing tips and tricks

How to go from fluffy cob, to show cob! When you have a particularly dirty horse, it is always a wonder where to start! We hear from Griffiths Equestrian, and how they prepare their horses for shows. ... Read More

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June 29, 2016

Benefits of equine sports massage

Certified Equine Sports and rehabilitation massage therapist Emma Beckham discusses the various massages available and how they benefit your horse. Emma career started with the help of Helen Woolley, ... Read More

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June 29, 2016

Bedding: It’s more complex than you think

Choice is always a good thing for the consumer, and when it comes to equine bedding, there’s a surprising range of options. Bedding used to be straw, peat, sawdust or maybe shavings, but these days ... Read More

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June 28, 2016

Behaviour myths

Keeping a horse in a stable for at least part of its life is a necessity for many, but is not a natural state for the horse. Let’s Talk Horses looks at behaviour in the stable and busts common myths... Read More

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June 27, 2016

Use your head – stay safe!

With horse riding an inherently risky sport, safety should be paramount for everyone, whatever the season. Cathy Wood recaps helmets standards, looks at safety products and seeks legal advice on the u... Read More

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June 27, 2016

Showjumping – go affiliated!

Clearing the rails British Showjumping is welcoming new member with its Club membership, a new category that provides plenty of perks and benefits and is good on your pocket. Club membership offers fa... Read More

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June 24, 2016

Equine Grass Sickness

As we are in the high risk season for Equine Grass Sickness it is essential for horse owners to be aware of the disease and the threat it poses to their horse. Equine Grass Sickness – what is it? Eq... Read More

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June 24, 2016

Summer ailments

Turn up the heat Summers brings new healthcare challenges for horse owners and this month, Let’s Talk Horses investigates seasonal ailments, discussing what you should be aware of and ways of reduci... Read More

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June 24, 2016

Eventing – go affiliated!

Taking the leap Making the decision to affiliate with British Eventing may seem daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. Stepping up to BE competition is easier than you think. Eventing is the ultimate ... Read More

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June 24, 2016

Dressage – go affiliated!

It may seem daunting to take the leap into affiliated competition, but there are plenty of benefits to doing so. Let’s Talk Horses looks at the latest introductory schemes on offer and provides some... Read More

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June 24, 2016

Equine dentistry

Have you ever considered training to become an equine dentist? Experienced and qualified Equine Dental Technician Rachel Burton explains the rigorous training required and discusses the various routes... Read More

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June 24, 2016

Fuelling winners

Feeding competition horses can seem very complicated, but two feed experts here explain that to provide both energy and stamina for a variety of sports, once again fibre is key. It is not a cliché th... Read More

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June 24, 2016

Gastric Ulcers explained

Many of you will know of a horse that has suffered with Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) or have suspicions that your own horse may have ulcers. Helen Boast from Westover Vets explains that with a... Read More

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March 2, 2016

Foraging for hay alternatives

There are many reasons why you might have to look out hay alternatives, from equine allergies, to a shortage of quality hay, so we take a look at what’s on offer. Forage is an essential part of ... Read More

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March 2, 2016

Best in show

At last! Spring has sprung, and many equestrians have embarked on the newly commenced showing season. Regardless of the type of horse, whether a show hunter, hack, cob, native type or miniature, for a... Read More

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March 2, 2016

Being an equine surgeon

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an equine surgeon? Lots of horse lovers consider becoming vets at some point, but have you ever wondered what it is like to be an equine surgeon?  We talk to ... Read More

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March 2, 2016

Looking out for laminitis

According to Redwings Horse Sanctuary: “One of the major issues, which affects the number of laminitis cases in this country, is a lack of knowledge and awareness amongst horse owners of laminitis i... Read More

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March 2, 2016

Paloma is cough free

Suzanna Bedford was left distraught, when her talented horse Paloma, developed an allergic reaction that meant she was unable to be ridden.  Now thanks to HAYGAIN hay steamers, Paloma is happily coug... Read More

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February 14, 2016

All about wood pellets

Wood pellets are becoming an increasingly popular choice for horse bedding so we take a look at this versatile and economical product.... Read More

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February 14, 2016

EAT: Beverli Rhodes’ Story

As a victim of the 7/7 London bombings in 2005, Beverli Rhodes' life changed. But now, thanks to American paint horse Tommy, Beverli is back on track and helping others too.... Read More

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