Olympic eventer, Laura Collett returns to the riding section with part two of her series on moulding your horse into the ultimate event horse. This month, she shares her favourite gridwork exercise guaranteed to get your horse thinking on his feet. Sir Lee Pearson’s back again with some simple but effective fixes to fine-tune your dressage. Meanwhile, polework guru, Tania Grantham, also joins us for the last in her three-part series of super-fun pole layouts. This month we look at the sweetie.
Flick through our vet section to learn all you need to know about your horse’s suspensories and why these delicate structures deserve your attention when it comes to your management and riding choices. We also take a closer look at arthritis – the common ailment that affects much of the elderly equine population, although it’s important to note it isn’t uncommon in younger sports horses, either.
Looking to move yards? We’ve got five questions you need to ask before uprooting. Desperately trying to avoid a dull or lifeless coat for your horse this winter? Check out our 10 top tips to keep him gleaming. Worried about your yard’s security as the long, dark evenings start to draw in? Our comprehensive 22-point check will keep you and your horse safe.
It’s also time for this season’s gear guide! It’s filled with more than 145 autumn/winter must-haves to browse through, from high-vis clothing, gorgeous purple tones and gilets, to bridles, competition gear and so much more. Plus, we’ve tested a selection of the best wellies so you can be fully prepared to wade through the worst of the wintry weather conditions – and if you’re worried about how mud might affect your horse this season, you’ll want to check out this issue’s buyer’s guide, too.
We’ve also got the fantastic opportunity for one lucky reader to win a gorgeous Bliss of London Loxley saddle, worth over £2,000. Or, if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, we’ve got 42 fab freebies to give away, including feed, supplements and bundles of rugs or grooming supplies.
All this and more in the November issue of Horse&Rider magazine!