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Sarah Fox Blog Lunging An Under-rated Exercise Tool

by Sarah Fox, Posted on 16th of April, 2014

​Many people I come across exclaim “I don’t lunge, I don’t like it!”, “it’s boring for the horse”, “it puts stress on limbs and joints”. These are some reasons people give for not making use of lunging.

However, I believe it is a much under-rated and under-used exercise tool. Considering the above comments, we still continue, where facilities provide, to put our horses on horse walkers – is this not continuous circling therefore stressing joints? And when working them in the arena at home how many people end up repeating exercises over and over again therefore stressing joints and boring the mind!

Everything in moderation – we’re told it’s best for us to not take on fad diets, but to vary our diets and keep things in moderation. When exercising we know that cross training has the biggest improvement on our health and overall fitness, and again we moderate the type of exercise so we don't cause injury. Lunging, when used correctly and in moderation, has a lot of benefits that people are missing out on – it’s an exercise tool to add to your cross training tool box.

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Are you fit to ride?

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 15th of April, 2014

Most of us are hyper-aware of the fitness or lack thereof of our horses, the condition they are in and how capable they are of performing the ridden tasks that we ask of them. However, much less is spoken about rider fitness, and we are often much more reticent to look at our own activity levels and how our endurance, strength and general condition enable or restrict how well we can perform as a rider! While riding is of course excellent exercise, it may not be enough to simply assume that riding is sufficient to keep your fitness levels at the standard that allows you to be an effective rider, particularly if you spend a lot of time hacking and pleasure riding rather than actively working at improving your ridden skills with your horse.

If your riding lessons or long sessions of energetic riding leave you out of puff or feeling as if you have been put through the wringer, it may be time to shape up!

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Try Out Our New Horse Feed Calculator

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 10th of April, 2014

Are you over or under feeding your horse? Try our feed calculator and eliminate the guesswork!

How do horse owners work out how much to feed their horse each day?

Feeding horses can always be tricky. Some people just seem to have the knack. They can take one look at a horse and know exactly what to feed a horse, and how much to give it. Sadly this tends to come with many years of experience, leaving the rest of us to find our way. Luckily, there is always plenty of help nowadays when it comes to choosing what to feed. Indeed we have more years experience here than we'd care to admit and are always happy to advise you, but what happens when you get everything home and you find yourselves confronted by haynets, feed buckets and scoops, wondering just how much of everything to put in?

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Ten tips for keeping your veteran horse healthy this winter

by Central Saddlery, Posted on 11th of February, 2014

As a thirty-something who still owns both of her childhood ponies (aged 33 and 35 respectively- yes, really!) I like to think that I, and of course, my Mother before me, know a thing or two about caring for our cherished equine veterans. Mature horses don’t make it to old age without being fairly robust, healthy and resilient, but nevertheless, it is important to pay a little extra attention to the care of your equine OAP over the winter, to ensure that they stay safe, happy and comfortable for many years to come.
Read on for my ten top tips on keeping your veteran horse or pony healthy over the winter.
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Hay Replacers a lifesaver for the elderly horse

by Dr Kaeli Pettigrew, Posted on 8th of February, 2014

There often comes a time in a horse’s life when they just seem to lose interest in hay or haylage. Even horses which have previously tried to bankrupt you with their seemingly endless appetite for forage can eventually stop eating the hay that you put out for them each day. It can be so worrying when this happens. It certainly gave me a few sleepless nights when my old thoroughbred started turning his nose up at both hay and haylage. Naturally the first step is to establish why your hungry horse no longer seems interested in its hay. Speak to your vet, or your equine dentist, in case there is something physically wrong with your horse. However, it may just be that with old age, and worn-smooth (or even missing) teeth, your horse just no longer enjoys spending hours chewing away on forage. 

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