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How to Enjoy The Perfect Hack

Hacking – putting a Shires Atherstone girth on your horse and taking him off out into the countryside – is something all riders look forward to, but if you’re new to the pursuit here are a couple of tips to make sure you have nothing but a great time in the beautiful British countryside. If you’re new to hacking, make sure you don’t go out on your own. Ride alongside someone else so both you and your horse have a good experience,...

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Carl Hester Wins Top Prize

Riders interested in a TDS saddle fitting might be excited to learn that Carl Hester has been presented with the British Horse Society Queen’s Award for Equestrianism. Carl Hester is one of Britain's most prevalent riders and has represented the country in four Olympic games. He was the leader of the Olympic dressage team who won Gold at the London 2012 Olympics and also has a number of individual prizes under his belt, Horse and Country reports. The award was presented to Hester...

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Should Horse Riders Take Road Tests?

There’s plenty you need to do before taking your horse out on the road, including making sure your saddle is properly fitted with a TDS saddle fitting, but it turns out the general public believe riders should have to do a lot more before they become road legal. In a survey of 1,200 drivers, car leasing business Flexed found that 94 per cent of drivers believe that horse riders should have to sit a proficiency test – much like a driving test –before...

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Princess Anne: Improve Horse Welfare

Horse lovers who are trying out their new Ideal Saddle maybe pleased to hear that Princess Anne has spoken out against the “inhumane suffering” of horses. She has spoken out on the matter in the foreword she has written to a book by Christopher Hall called Horse Welfare: Use not Abuse. In her foreword, she outlines her opposition to the treatment of horses being sent to slaughter for meat. Having been previously outspoken on the issue of regulation of the horse meat industry,...

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Yoga for Riders

After a day using your Harry Dabbs Jump Saddle you know you need to stretch out, but how often do you do this? Taking up yoga could be the answer if you struggle to pick the right stretches to keep your quads and hamstrings in good working order. There are a number of YouTube workouts designed for horse riders, and of course, if you go to a local class, you should mention that you ride to your instructor. They will be able...

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Spotlight on Off-Road Riding for Access Week

With Access Week running until the 31st May,now’s the perfect time to put on your horse’s Fairfax saddle and head out for a spot of off-road riding. The British Horse Society (BHS) wants lots of riders to get involved – and there are some key ways that you can help make a difference this Access Week. The first is all about celebrating off-road routes and sharing these with other riders. The BHS wants riders to get involved using the hashtag #greatride where they can share...

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