Getting ready for HOYS — the horse way

Ever wondered how horses get ready for HOYS? Oscar the hunter tells it like it is…. Oscar the hunter is not amused. Not only did they leave before second horses, they hadn’t jumped a twig! Ella, his human, wasn’t usually so lily-livered in the hunting field, but apparently they’re going to something called “hoise” in […]

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New insights on horse behaviour and other equestrian news, September 28 to October 4

Mare power New studies into the social life of wild horses (pictured above and below) have found out that mares are not as subordinate to stallions as it was initially thought. They can gang up to refuse stallions they don’t like or seek out those they do like. Horse behaviour can also be surprisingly similar […]

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How to ride a horse: 10 top tips for new riders

Learning how to ride a horse? Riding is fun, challenging, exhilarating and great for your fitness but, if you are new to this sport that could have you hooked for the rest of your life, there are a few pointers you would do well to follow. 1. Invest in lessons This may sounds obvious, but […]

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Welcome autumn: ten reasons we enjoy riding in the new season

Summer’s over but there’s no reason to be gloomy. Autumn is a fabulous time to go riding. Here’s what we love most about the new season: 1. Spectacular foliage View image | gettyimages.com 2. Dramatic moorland colours View image | gettyimages.com 3. Crisp, fresh air View image | gettyimages.com 4. Wildlife in action View image […]

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Pictures from the equestrian world: September 14 to 20

Charlotte Dujardin is Britain’s national champion Having claimed the World, Olympic and European titles, Charlotte Dujardin also took the national champion crown at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships onship. She and Barolo took the grand prix title on Saturday with a score of 72.90% and went on to win the freestyle on Sunday with 76.8%—a […]

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From catwalk to yard: a semi-serious take on London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has drawn to a close, having brought a whiff of summer to this grey start of the autumn. So what’s in store for the fashion-conscious rider? Not much that’s wearable in the yard, to be absolutely honest. Country-inspired gilets, such as those seen at the House of Holland show, are perhaps the […]

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Kitty King throws her hat into the Rio ring

Kitty King will return home from the Longines FEI European Championships in Scotland as a major contender for next year’s Rio Olympics. While Germany took gold in both the team and individual competitions, led by the imperious Michael Jung, King also left Blair Castle with every reason to be delighted with herself. She was part […]

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