EXCLUSIVE interview with George Morris

George H Morris is a household name among equestrians all over the world. George is known for his influential contribution to the hunter, equitation and showjumping disciplines, and alongside having a massively successful career himself, he has also been Chef d’Equipe for the United States Equestrian Federation showjumping team, as well as the Brazilian showjumping team at the Rio Olympic ...

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The call for standardised arena footing

Anyone born after 1980 is unlikely to recall what it was like to school and compete exclusively on grass arena footing. But riders of any age know someone who knows someone with horror stories and an amenity we all take for granted – synthetic arena footing and the base on which it is installed. Equally, while elite riders are understandably ...

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What are your bedding options?

Most yards typically make use of shavings for bedding, but have you ever considered different materials for your horse? When considering which bedding to use, there are several factors that come into play. Ideally you should choose bedding that is safe for horses, less dusty, absorbent, easy to store and handle, and within your budget. Comfort or purpose? Something to ...

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The benefit of riding out

The saying, “A change is as good as a holiday,” is very relevant to the way we work our horses. Including regular outrides in the training schedule provides a mental and physical tonic for horses, and benefits them in numerous ways. Mental benefits “Two consecutive days of training in the arena is as much as most horses can mentally cope ...

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The legalities of buying and selling a horse

I’m all-too-often asked how important it is to conclude a written agreement when buying a new horse or pony, and the answer is simple. It’s not important at all … until something goes wrong. From a potential buyer’s perspective, buying a new horse involves a big commitment, not only in terms of the money paid out to buy the horse, but ...

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Tricky tendons

Dr Henk Offereins (DVM, MVSc) is a Dutch vet based in Ireland, who specialises in equine sports medicine. He visits South Africa regularly where he works in conjunction with Pretoria-based Dr Ingrid Cilliers to introduce new veterinary concepts that are currently in use in Europe and America to our competitive riders. His main focus is the prevention of injuries, and ...

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Going herbal

Over the years, there has been a real boom in herbal supplements, not only for horses but for other animals and humans too. A lot of horse owners understand the value of feeding herbal supplements to their horses on a regular basis. Today, horse owners are rather spoilt for choice when it comes to herbal mixtures, all of which have ...

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Equestrian fashion

Riding apparel has become much more than just jods and boots over the years. Helmets, shirts, breeches, boots, belts – you name it – everything available on the market these days features stylish, fashion-forward and technologically advanced elements. Riding clothes have developed into a fashion, with many riders buying into brand names that allow them to be comfortable yet fashionable ...

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Improving your arena

Extreme weather conditions inevitably put added pressure on your arena surface. Common problems are that surfaces become too deep, and in the case of sand-based surfaces, dry and dusty. If your surface is suffering, don’t automatically assume that it’s a case of facing the expense of entire replacement. Replacing the whole surface is of course always an option, although you will ...

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What kind of coach are you?

In the equestrian sport many riders become trainers, but what makes a good trainer in particular? What is it like to be coaching somebody both in their daily training sessions and at competitions? Equine Support International (ESI) brings you a series of three articles that will guide you through some basic principles of coaching. Anne Loosveld, one of the ESI ...

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