Horse Care and Health

Developing a super seat… continued

July 27th, 2016 at 10:16 am with Rebecca Ashton This month we look at how to achieve a soft, independent hand whilst keeping control of our upper body and not letting the horse “run through” us.  La Gueriniere tells the story, “Pignatelli, convinced by his own … Continue reading Read Article

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Rider Exercise: Spinal and Pelvic Mobility

July 22nd, 2016 at 2:31 pm Pilates instructor, and riding coach, Rebecca Ashton has some exercises that will help any rider... Continue reading Read Article

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The Ten Commandments…

June 22nd, 2016 at 11:10 am Andrew McLean has a 10 point check list to see if your training program is based on sound scientific principles... Continue reading Read Article

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Off-the-Horse Fitness for Dressage Riders – Is it necessary?

May 27th, 2016 at 1:36 pm Rebecca Ashton looks into off-the-horse fitness for riders... Some dressage riders do it. Some don’t do it. Is it really necessary? Continue reading Read Article

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Roarers: New developments – Left Laryngeal Hemiplegia

May 20th, 2016 at 2:27 pm Most of us have experienced the unsettling sound of a roarer. Is it as distressful for the horse as it is for the rider, or the spectator? What, if anything, can the vet do? Professor Andrew Dart of the Sydney University Veterinary Hospital explains what causes the noise, what can be done to fix it, and tells us how the condition affects our horses. Continue reading Read Article

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Exercise: What is the core and how do we find it?

at 2:18 pm We hear a lot about rider fitness these days, but do we really need to do any extra work aside from riding our horse? To control your horse, first you must be able to control yourself... Continue reading Read Article

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Equitation Science in Action – Part Two

at 9:49 am Last month we sat in on a lesson with one of Australia’s favourite dressage larrikins, Tor Van Den Berge, and the renowned academic horse trainer, Andrew McLean... Continue reading Read Article

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Rider fitness: How do you develop a super seat?

at 9:41 am Rebecca Ashton teaches us how to develop a super seat... Continue reading Read Article

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Redefining ‘abuse’ as Equestrian sport evolves

April 20th, 2016 at 11:59 am By Jean Llewellyn Over the decades since an equestrian discipline first became an Olympic Sport, in Paris 1900, showjumping, dressage and eventing have become high-profile commodities, attracting huge audiences and mega prize. Recently, Spruce Meadows announced an increase for the … Continue reading Read Article

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Andrew McLean on Punishment

at 11:59 am One of the most important concepts Andrew McLean has introduced to the world of the horse is that horses are not ‘naughty’, they are just being given the wrong signals and message... Continue reading Read Article

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Treatment of Back Problems

at 11:59 am Which treatments really work – Professor Leo Jeffcott and Dr Robin Bell look at the range of treatments for the horse’s back, and finds that some work – but some don’t work at all… and lots have never been properly assessed. Continue reading Read Article

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The Diagnosis of Back Pain

at 11:59 am Sore backs are a very common and often overlooked problem in the performance horse. The soreness may be caused by a primary back problem or it may secondary to an underlying lameness issue, faulty or ill-fitting tack or even inadequate schooling... Continue reading Read Article

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