Horse&Rider magazine Spring 2013

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Horse&Rider is the UKs best-selling equestrian monthly magazine. It offers everything the horse enthusiast needs to know and more! Top riders and leading equestrian experts provide up-to-date advice on horse care and riding. Each issue is packed with inspirational features, plus news and views, to ensure youre truly in touch with the wonderful world of horses.


  • 4 H O R S E & R I D E R

    54 The gentle touch How horses are great therapy

    60 Compete with confidence Kelly Marks helps you get out there!

    64 Phobic horses Michael Peace helps you understand and handle common equine fears

    6 Horseworld Equestrian news and views

    14 Spanish steps An epic ride from Santander to Seville in Spain

    20 Readers letters Share your thoughts here

    70 Whats on the Web?

    84 Subscribe to H&R and get an Ariat jacket!

    160 Competition entries One form for all prizes

    161 Next month Whats in April Horse&Rider?

    162 Mary land Mrs King spills the beans about daughter Emily a chip off the old block!

    24 Cross-country schooling Arena jumping exercises

    32 Michael Eilberg shares his schooling secrets

    38 Are you sitting pretty? Professional position tips with Tina Sederholm

    44 Winter schooling programme Get set for competition success

    50 Great British rides The Yorkshire Wolds

    23 WIN! Stylish riding outfits from Cavallo

    129 WIN! Comfortable, high-performance Ariat paddock boots

    138 Perfect prizes!71 gorgeous prizes riding hats, personalised jackets, calmers and more!

    160Enter our competitions on one formCompetitions

    72 Horse management Travelling without trouble What size stable? Supplementing with licks

    74 Equine behaviour Dealing with rearing Mounting problems

    76 Veterinary Tetanus vaccinations explained Finding a digital pulse Equine allergy testing

    78 Shopping Looking after leather boots Better bit choices

    80 Riding technique Jumping angled fences Using a horse walker Riding older horses

    82 Quick Q&As Learning a dressage test Chifneys explained

    Regulars In the saddle Mind matters Ask the Experts


    Spring 2013

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    86 Ouch! Wounds and how to treat them Professional know-how

    92 My two horses died Case study of Atypical Myopathy a mystery killer in fields

    96 Clear the air Wheezy gee-gee? Coughs and sneezes and how to avoid them

    118 Trailer talk Experts advice on buying trailers

    124 Tried & Tested travel boots Find the best protection for your horse

    130 Five weirdest animal sports Anyone fancy a spot of yak skiing?

    131 This month we love...H&Rs favourite products

    133 Whats in store? The latest horsey items to hit the shelves

    137 Product spotlight on... Kentucky D3 horse boots that harden on impact

    140 Take your horse on holiday Great hacking from gorgeous B&Bs

    Horsey shopping Directory

    102 Itchy & scratchy Beat sweet itch now!

    104 Wellbeing Get fit to ride with our exercise plan

    108 Wellbeing news Headshaking genes, stress on legs, who can treat your horses teeth?

    110 Feeding for the future The best nutrition for breeding stock

    116 What the FWEC? Worm counts explained

    Ask a vet


    Cover photo by Arnd Bronkhorst

    145 Horses for sale Find the horse of your dreams from our huge selection here and at

    150 Sell your property Great ways to make it irresistible to buyers

    151 Houses for sale24 stunning properties with equestrian facilities




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    A dragons taleDragons Den star Deborah Meaden took a trip to India with charity The Brooke to see the work they do both with the working animals and their owners.

    The successful business woman and investor in popular BBC TV series Dragons Den has ridden since she was a child and owns several retrained ex-racehorses. She says that after meeting Chief Executive of The Brooke, Petra Ingram, and learning more about the charitys work, she offered to help with fund-raising and promotion for the charity. As part of this, she travelled to India to spend a few days learning about the different ways the charity helps the community.

    We take an exclusive peek into Deborahs diary from her time away.

    As the little chestnut pulls away in fear, I think of the bond and affection I share with my own horses. It upsets me when he finally nuzzles my hair.

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    Spanish Jo Kimmins fulfilled a lifelong dream when she trekked the length of Spain with her husband and their horses

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    We zigzagged up the mountains and found ourselves in a wilderness,

    accompanied only by eagles and vultures overhead. We saw a pack of wolves run down into woods where we

    knew wild bears roamed

    We zigzagged up the mountains and found ourselves in a wilderness,

    accompanied only by eagles and vultures overhead. We saw a pack of wolves run down into woods where we

    knew wild bears roamed

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    For years my husband, equine artist Paddy Lennon, and I had talked of doing a long ride. One dreary winters night in

    recession-struck Ireland, we agreed to ride across Spain, north to south, for the Irish Horse Welfare Trust. It took two years of planning and two months to ride the 800 miles from Santander to San Nicolas, Seville it was an awfully big adventure! Climb every mountainIn September 2012, our horses Thaddeus, a grey Irish Draught, and Malachy, a coloured Irish Sport Horse were transported to Aravalle, Santander to adjust to the Spanish heat. We followed two weeks later in our VW Caddy van. I do believe the horses were pleased to see us when we were reunited, but had they known what we had in store for them, they might not have been quite so happy.

    We had a couple of days riding around the Picos de Europa the

    Peaks of Europe, part of the Cantabrian Mountain range which acclimatised us all to the job ahead. We packed no, stuffed the saddlebags and loaded them onto the horses. All my research told me to travel light, but everything seemed imperative for our trek. We ended up leaving things like a paper chase across Spain for collection at a later date.

    Full of excitement and trepidation, we rode down the valley to the pretty village of Potes before beginning our ascent into the Cantabrian Mountains. We zigzagged up and around the folds of the mountains and soon found

    sOur starting point, with far too much luggage!

    Kitted out Paddy and Thaddeus

    Weve got to climb over all that lot!

    Kitted out Paddy and Thaddeus

    Our starting point, with far too much luggage!

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    Arena schooling

    Badminton veteran Lucy Thompson prepares you for the upcoming season with

    her training tips and techniques. H&Rs Lisa Harris explains

    In this feature...Lucy Thompson explains How to encourage your horse to look after himself over obstacles How to banish water and ditch fears That rider fences, like corners and skinnies, are mind over matter Why being disciplined is key for progression

    Our trainerLucy Thompson has had great success at all levels from Pony Club to international. Lucy became Open European Three Day Event Champion 1995-1997 and has competed at Badminton nine times, always placing in the top 20.

    Our modelsCaroline Steranka is riding Leo, a six-year-old, bay Dutch Warmblood gelding. The combination are currently running at British Eventing Pre-novice. Leo is a big boy and a late developer so Caroline has been working on his straightness and co-ordination.

    Sarah Ingleson is riding Morse, an 11-year-old, skewbald gelding. The combination are aiming for Novice this year. Morse is easiy distracted so Sarah has been working on keeping his attention and improving her control when on course. an intermediate horse







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    In the saddle

    horseandrideruk.comTo see videos of the exercises used in this feature as well as other practical tips and tricks, visit Either

    scan the QR code with your smartphone or visit to access the page.

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    Hailing from one of the most infl uential dressage families of the modern era, Michael Eilberg seems to blaze a trail

    wherever he goes. Described by his father, Ferdi, as having a mind too wild for dressage as a boy, Michael built a promising showjumping career through his teens before being lured back to dressage six years ago.

    A true horsemanIts always been about the horses for me, rather than the sport Im doing. I just enjoy being around them, says Michael. Having said that, getting used to a dressage saddle was no easy ride I would work all my horses at home in a jumping saddle. One day, Dad gave me a pair of full-seat leather breeches, then he put me on the lunge without stirrups every day for six months to get my legs longer.

    Michael still jumps some of his young horses as part of their training. It works really well for some of the more exuberant horses, as they can express themselves jumping and it isnt such an issue the odd leap or buck, says Michael. As they get stronger, then you can ask more of them with regards to discipline and composure. I have to stick to polework with some of them though, as theyre useless over fences.

    A great performanceIts important to me that my horses enjoy their work, says Michael, but discipline is key if you want your horse to consistently perform at his best. The horses formative years, between the ages of four and six, are when they are most receptive. Michael believes that this is when you must lay all the vital groundwork for contact, confi dence and attitude in their work.

    All horses have their strengths and weaknesses, says Michael. Its

    tempting to work mostly on a horses strengths, because its easier and theyre good at it so its pleasing, but working on their defi ciencies is more important. Dad always reminds me that if you only focus on the good bits, eventually the foundations will fail.

    Woodlander FaroucheMichaels superstar ride, the seven-year-old mare, Woodlander Farouche, shows no signs of defi ciency. Rouchie as Michael fondly refers to her, will chew anything and sleeps like shes dead, but this gorgeous creature is also a record-breaker Farouche won the fi ve and six-year-old dressage classes at the FEI World Breeding Championships in 2011 and 2012, and is now a much-celebrated poster girl for British breeding.

    In 2012, Farouche collected an unparalleled 9.88% for her fi nal score in the six-year-old dressage championship. Her performance prompted the German dressage magazine St Georg to ask: Have we ever seen a horse as good as this? The answer is surely no. With such an incredible animal underneath him, it must be tempting to get ahead of oneself but Michael is characteristically relaxed when it comes to talk of the future.

    I have to think about the Olympics with Farouche, how could I not? Rio is a bit early for her (Farouche will be a 10-year-old), but she is well up to scratch at the moment, says Michael. I also have Half Moon Delphi I am aiming to get on the international team with her this year. I have Rio in my mind, but I try not to think about it too much as I dont like to put too much pressure on one thing.

    Michael Eilberg and his star ride, Woodlander Farouche, have the dressage world at their feet. H&Rs Lisa Harris went to discover his schooling secrets

    Michael Eilberg and his star ride, Woodlander

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    In the saddle

    Top tips from a dressage star

    Michael riding Woodlander Farouche. Above left: Michael and Farouche take gold at the

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    Despite the different ways in which horses and humans perceive situations, a phobia is the same thing in both

    worlds an irrational fear. So if you are scared of spiders, for example, someone who isnt will fail to understand why you are.

    Its no different to your horse being scared of a plastic bag. You know the plastic bag isnt going to hurt your horse, but your horse doesnt. In fact, someone who is scared of spiders knows that spiders wont hurt them and yet they are still scared of them. When you or your horse are in a situation where you have to deal with a phobia, your instinctive, right brain mode takes over from your logical, left brain mode (ie, you want to run away or fight it rather than face up to it).

    How many times have you heard horse owners tell you their horse was just being naughty and wouldnt go

    past the bin liners in the road because hes in a bad mood or he was trying to wind me up?

    Horses dont wake in the morning with the intention of being difficult or stubborn, says Michael. In fact, on the whole, they are very generous, amicable creatures who, when treated

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    You hate spiders, hes terrified of flying plastic bags. Put yourself in your horses shoes, says Michael Peace, and youll be better equipped to deal with his phobias. Nicky Moffatt reports

    Our trainerMichael is an equine behaviourist who specialises in curing problem horses and getting them back on the right path in life. Based in Oxfordshire,

    he takes in all types of horses and ponies for schooling and is available for home visits, too. Visit for more information.

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