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Start your horse the RIGHT way: 8 top tips from Vicki...

Vicki uses the the stationbred pony, Ping, for this story: he had arrived at the Wilsons’ property just the day before! Hairy and ungroomed, he had never been ridden in an...

Small changes, BIG results: 12 top dressage tips

1. Take time to warm up In my warm-up, I think of keeping the walk in a good four-beat and the horse free and...

12 golden rules for cross-country

1. Preparation is everything “I don’t train at events; I train at home. It’s better to invest your time, money and energy into getting the...

Vaccination for young horses

Q: Can you please tell me a general vaccination plan for a young horse? My mare is due shortly with her first foal -...

Training the young horse – with Mathew Dickey

Young Taranaki rider Mathew Dickey is admired for his quiet, stylish technique, which has made him just as successful in the show hunter ring...

Dealing with nappiness

Q: I've owned my six-year-old warmblood-cross gelding for three years, and he has recently started to get really nappy when I ride him (although not...

My horse won’t lie down!

Q: A friend of mine has leased an elderly (late 20s) pony for her daughter to learn to ride on. The pony seems happy enough...

Fluid Overload

Q: I have been reading a bit in the news about how freely consuming water during exercise can be harmful - even fatal - to...

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