Know How

Winter feeding

With the onset of winter, you may need to adjust your horse’s feeding to keep him healthy and correctly nourished through the colder months. Winter energy requirements In colder weather, some horses may need to eat more to maintain their condition. This depends on many factors – a horse with a good coat who is well sheltered should be fine even ...

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Manners matter

A horse who is well mannered is an absolute dream for any horse owner and rider. Ask anyone who has dealt with a horse with bad manners and they will tell you that it makes life impossibly difficult, especially when it comes to handling the horse on a day-to-day basis. Bad manners are seldom a case of naughtiness, but rather ...

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Do you know your blankets?

With winter approaching, blanketing pops up in every horse owner’s mind – do I need to blanket my horse? What type of blanket should I use? It all boils down to personal preference and your horse’s individual needs. This month we look at the types of blankets and when they are used to help make your decision a little easier. ...

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Happy hacking

  Hacking out has many physical and psychological benefits for your horse. While some riders might find hacking to be boring in comparison to a schooling session, our horses need a break from the arena every now and then, firstly to prevent them becoming arena-sour and secondly because hacking provides your horse with a very different mental stimulation. For some ...

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Feeding and service schedules

There are many things to consider when it comes to managing and maintaining a yard, which can sometimes become a bit daunting. It’s easy to get muddled when keeping multiple horses, whether you stable your horses at home or run a livery yard. Fortunately enough, organising your stable yard feed and service schedules in an easy and accessible way is ...

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Rider and seat position

HQ is thrilled to be exclusively partnered with the Dutch-based Equine Support International (ESI). ESI educates equestrians all over the world to increase levels of equestrian knowledge. This helps horse owners, stables, educational institutions and federations to take a step forward with horse wellbeing and the sport in general. ESI provides unique custom-made solutions such as national talent programmes, training ...

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Stressed out

We all experience stress to some degree, and our horses are no different. A little stress can be a good thing if it is channelled in a positive way, but too much may cause distress, particularly in the horse who has a ‘fight or flight’ coping mechanism. Stress results in a high level of energy in the muscles, increasing the ...

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Fitness and wellbeing for riders

While we tirelessly put hours into training and maintaining our horses, we seldom remember to look after ourselves. Our horses are athletes – there’s no doubt about it – and riders work hard to make sure that they are trained correctly, fed a careful diet, and receive all their necessary treatments to keep them in top shape. However, an athletic ...

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Road safety

Every horse owner would love unlimited access to miles of bridle paths and open land, never having to set hoof on a road. For most riders, though, roadwork is unavoidable, and they will spend some time on public roads whenever they go out of the stable yard. Today, there are higher numbers of cars on the roads, and more people ...

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Saddle fitting for the modern horse

We all know that one of the keys to a happy athlete is correctly fitting tack. In the December issue of HQ, we touched on the topic of bitting for the individual horse’s mouth. Another key piece of tack that is not up for debate is the saddle. Regular saddle fitting is vital to ensure the comfort of the equine ...

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