Think it's the most exciting part of my job, introducing a baby to the eventing world. The excitement you get when they start to learn their job and how much they love it, I am lucky enough to have some fabulous up and coming young horses thanks to Parkfield Breeding.
Having them since the very beginning when they have just been backed and the work you can do with them is vital for their years to come.. so where do I start?
Lesson one. I like to spend a lot of time with my young ... Read More
In order to be at the top of your game in the equestrian world, the rider must take just as much care and attention of their own strength and conditioning, as for their horses. Where winning can be by the smallest margin nothing must be left to chance.
A solid strength and conditioning regime is invaluable when it comes to preventing injury, muscular imbalances, improving posture,balance and energy to name but a few.
Will has found a balance which works for him, mixing up his routine to target different aspects of physical well being. ... Read More
The warm up arena or collecting ring is a very important place where classes can be won or lost, nerves and confidence built and restored or where stress and dramas can be created and the outcome of your competition determined.. a pretty important element to get right then!
Tips for the rider..
Flat work starts approx 12 horses before you go, work in as relaxed a fashion as you can, on both reins through all paces. If it’s tight and only possible to go in 1 direction then use counter bend and counter canter ... Read More
Every rider will cope with nerves differently, with some getting more nervous than others. But remember it is normal to get nervous!
I remember when I first started to event I couldn't really get much sleep the night before and certainly couldn't eat on the morning of competition! But now I've done more in the competition environment I've trained myself how to cope with the neves. So now there's nothing like stopping at a fuel station or McDonalds on the way to the event for some breakfast!
DRESSAGE: remembering the test, is my horse on the ... Read More
When it comes to keeping your event horse looking and feeling his best throughout the busy season, Childéric Saddles ambassador and top international eventer Gemma Tattersall has some great tips and advice to ensure that your horse remains happy and healthy.
“One of the key factors when looking after the event horse is consistency and keeping a good regime. I cannot stress how important this is for any horse but especially event horses. Obviously this needs to fit ... Read More
Distracted and Dangerous
One of the main reasons horses don’t pay attention is you are not ‘leading’ them. If you don’t have a purpose or a plan in which to engage your horse, they are likely going to be focused on any potential dangers around them. They will feel like a lone horse and we all know that a horse on its own is vulnerable and will be particularly nervous and tense.
Have a plan for worst case scenarios!
First you need to have a plan for worst case scenarios, indications of bucking, bolting, rearing. ... Read More
Your horse’s spine is designed like a bridge. The vertebrae are strung together and supported by muscles, similar to the design of a suspension bridge. When the additional weight of a rider is added, the spine is supported by the back muscles and the abdominal muscles. If these are weak, the danger increases of the vertebrae sagging and leading to further problems. When we speak of building up back strength, we are speaking of developing all of these muscles.
The topline actually consists of all the muscles along the neck, withers, ... Read More
This weather certainly brings out the best in us, but it also means that your horses may be feeling particularly full of themselves after the long, wet winter! Much of this is down to management, so it may be worth thinking about these tips:
1. Grass. Due to the increased fructans (soluble carbohydrates) that are produced by the grass for growth during this period, energy is released quickly into the horse's bloodstream (which can cause excitable behaviour) and can also cause problems such as laminitis and digestive upsets. Therefore, although it is ... Read More
Great song, sung by Queen and a great man we lost in January; David Bowie (not to be confused with Ice Ice baby!) a sad start to the year really, some all-time greats no longer with us ...
But the world goes on and so do our equestrian goals, lots of my riders making plans through injury and accident, set-backs and excitement but always working towards those all important events!
The weather forecast for the first weekend of eventing was snow and heavy rain, are they mad?!! Us showjumpers enjoyed a heated café, indoor warm up and arena and by no means ... Read More
For the final article in this series I wanted to move on from the training aspects of confidence and look at how we continue the development process in the season. With Burnham Market now behind us and Belton on the horizon, riders are now into the season and for those aiming for Olympic teams in August they will be clear on what they need to do to put themselves in the frame.
Depending on targets for the season, what you've done so far might be a case of dealing with a fresh ... Read More