The Ultimate Guide to Dressage

| Guides and Tips | 7th June 2015

Dressage - The Ultimate Guide

Dressage is an competitive, yet elegant equestrian sport, where horse and rider work together to develop balance, strength, flexibility and accuracy. As Horse & Country put it so well – “dressage is the art of striving for a harmonious and barely perceptible communication between horse and rider” But how do you learn more about this beautiful sport? How do you get involved, become advanced and eventually compete at a high level? …

Choosing a Name for Your Horse

| Guides and Tips | 4th January 2015

So you are getting a new horse, how do you go about choosing a name for them? Selecting a name for your horse is a very important decision, something that horse owners take very seriously. It can sometimes be difficult to find the right name for your horse. However, you don’t need to rush your decision. Take some time to research different names and you will eventually find a name …

Horse Training Tips

| Guides and Tips | 30th December 2014

No matter how experienced a trainer you are, breaking in a new horse is always an exciting and challenging task. Here are a handful of essential tips which will help keep you on track and make sure you are safe, effective, and successful in this endeavour!   Be safe To avoid accidents, always stay in your horse’s field of vision and make no sudden movements. Otherwise you run the risk …

A Guide to Saddle Types

| Guides and Tips | 17th December 2014

If you’re new to the exciting world of horse riding then you’re going to need to know a bit about different types of saddles. Purpose built for different riding activities, the right type and fit of saddle helps you to sit comfortably and correctly, while your horse is able to move freely and without discomfort.   Different Riding Styles and Saddles   Most saddles are designed with three main riding …

A Guide to Bridle Types

| Guides and Tips | 10th December 2014

There are many different types and styles of bridle, with most of them consisting of leather straps that include a headpiece, a brow band, cheek pieces, and a pair of reins. Variations in bridle type are usually due to differences in the style of the bit; the mouthpiece that fits between the teeth of the horse. Here are some of the main bridle types. Snaffle A snaffle is the most …

Best Horse Treks in Australia

| Guides and Tips | 3rd December 2014

Whether you’re looking for a local holiday activity, are visiting from overseas and want to venture off the beaten path, or just love horse riding, one of the great ways to experience the Australian countryside is by an organised horse trek.   Here are three of the best treks that show you very different aspects of the country, from the east coast to the west coast, and from beach to …

Top 10 Horse Riding Tips

| Guides and Tips | 26th November 2014

Learning to ride a horse can be tricky at first and it can take a while to pick up the skills you need to ride safely and with confidence. Here are ten great tips to consider when slipping into the saddle. • Learn to take care of your horse Before climbing onto your chosen companion, learn to complete chores such as bringing food and water for the horse and cleaning …