Category Archives: RD Equestrian News & VIews
The winter can be an awful time for horses, the bitter cold and wet weather means they are not getting as much exercise as they might be used to, and just like us, they will want to be kept as warm and comfortable as possible.
A horse’s coat can usually tolerate winter weather with few problems if owners pay attention to basic feeding and management principles.
Make sure your horse is kept warm when they have been worked or clipped and have no natural oils in their coats. The best way to do this is by putting a rug on them when the temperature starts to really dip.
Well the time has flown past and the first Take Back the Reins Course at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre has come to an end.
From those first tentative, wobbly steps that we took 7 or so weeks ago, where are we now? After our final session – our first group hack – we were greeted with tea and cake and the chance to find out what plans each person had… how many of us had re-kindled their passion for being around horses again?
So much has happened during the course, it is difficult to know where to start.
Well, I not only survived my first Take Back the Reins session, I actually enjoyed it! There were 13 of us for the first session of the Take Back the Reins course at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre tumpygreenequestriancentre.co.uk
… that I start riding again! Yeah! After a very long break from riding, I am signed up for a “Take Back the Reins Course” that is being held at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre http://www.tumpygreenequestriancentre.co.uk/.
With less than 2 hours to go I am feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation, plus delight at actually taking the first step to getting back in the saddle. And that’s the first hurdle – will I even be able to get on? I am so unfit compared to when I used to spend every waking moment at the yard, riding, grooming, mucking out, living and breathing horses.
from Equine Tourism – www.equinetourism.co.uk
The Exmoor Pony Autumn Gatherings
October and November are when most of the semi-feral Exmoor pony herds are gathered from their moorland enclosures and herded to their owners farms, for inspection and selling. So if you’re thinking of having an Exmoor pony, now is definitely the time to get one! There are strict qrazing quotas for farmers and landowners with common grazing rights, which mean that most of the foal crop must be found alternative homes or grazing schemes. While some fillies will be kept for future breeding stock, and the occasional colt kept to run on as a potential stallion, the majority of colt foals and some fillies will be available for sale and re-homing.
New event ADRENALINE, produced EquiCirque in London 16-18 November will be headlined by Lorenzo, the world famous “Flying Frenchman”. Lorenzo’s incredible show of 12 grey Lusitano horses has to be seen to be believed. Performed in the arena without bridle or saddle and including flying over jumps while standing on the back of his horses, the show relies entirely on the beautifully trained horses and the relationship and trust between them and Lorenzo.
Well after all the build-up, it’s here! The world’s best athletes have descended upon London for possibly the greatest sports event on earth over the coming weeks. And to build on the excitement Visit Wales is challenging people to head for Wales on holiday and have a crack at some medal-themed challenges!
Equestrian events are some of the first to get underway, but you don’t have to be horse-riding hero to have fun in the saddle. Wales has a host of riding options on offer – whether you’re a virtual beginner, a holiday hacker or keen to progress to higher things.
The British Horse Society (BHS) is continuing its fight to combat the toxic plant Ragwort with a third nationwide survey this month.
Every year, animals die painful and unnecessary deaths as a result of damage to their liver from consuming Ragwort. The danger that the plant poses is widely known, yet levels in the UK apparently still continue to rise.
The initial survey produced some very interesting results. More than 75 percent of cases reported involved land that animals were grazing on or near. A total of 13,189 horses were identified as grazing on ragwort infested pasture, with the figure for cattle and sheep being estimated as approaching 20,000. In more than one third of reports, the plant was said to cover at least half of the land.
SPANA, the charity for the working animals of the world, is calling on people to Stride Out this summer and hold a sponsored walk, cycle, horse ride or run in aid of the charity.
The new fundraiser invites people to pick the Stride Out activity that best suits them and to choose the location, date and distance of their event. For those who wish to follow in the footsteps of working animals, a selection of Stride Out routes with animal connections are also on offer such as canal towpaths, drovers’ roads and bridleways.
Jenni Miller kindly sent me the following article when I told her that I wanted to find out more about Long Distance Riding.
Discovering the wide outdoors by Jenni Miller
You’ve got your first horse, possibly a long term dream realised. Scary but exhilarating! Or possibly you’ve been very lucky and grown up with horses in your back yard and been involved in dressage and the like, occasionally going out for an hours ride. So what now for the new horse rider. Has the lucky rider ever considered going out of their circles into the big wide yonder? Perhaps you have no wish to compete.