Some of the world’s top trainers and riders talk about the techniques, regimes an exercises that work for them.

WILL RAWLIN – Introducing a horse to Cross Country water

   V.I.P Vinnie 2012 - first leap into water    V.I.P Vinnie - Burnham Market Advance 2018 Courtesy Ultimate Images There are many ways of introducing event horses to water and everyone has their own routine as to what works best for them and their horses. The following format is how I start all  my youngsters. Before taking them to the cross country field I always try to encourage them to walk through puddles on hacks and if they are not very keen make sure we hack with someone else who has a horse that ... Read More

TRAIN TO WIN – Tim Cheffings Introducing young horses to skinny fences:

 Tim shares with us his best advice on tackling what can be the most testing fences across the country; skinnies. He says: The first thing to remember is that all horses are different – they learnt at different rates and have different attitudes and so I always bear this in mind when introducing my horses to any new exercise. It is also important to only do as much in any one day as you feel that particular horse is able to cope with and learn from. Some horses may comfortably practice several exercises in one session, whereas, others are better suited ... Read More

TRAIN TO WIN: Holly Woodhead – Introducing young horses to the eventing world.

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

WILL RAWLIN – Rider Fitness

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

TRAIN TO WIN: MIA PALLES-CLARK – Showjumping Warm up at a competition.. How to make the best of the collecting ring and save your horse’s jump for when it really counts!

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.. *Timing 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

TRAIN TO WIN – Roberto Scalisi gives us some tips on how to cope with competition nerves…

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

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

Is Your Horse a Handful this time of year?

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