Western Horse UK Magazine Front Cover October 21

What's Inside the October Edition of Western Horse UK Magazine

We're now 5 issues into 2021, a year that has been almost as unsettling as 2020. The good news though is that the western riding community has been out in force at this year's western shows. To celebrate, with the help of Davies Photography, we have a great feature showcasing two of the end of year shows.

Shows are about much more than winning classes and rosettes, it’s the best opportunity our western riding community has to get together and socialise with like-minded equestrians, either as competitors, show team members or spectators.

The show special celebrates the return to ‘normal’, but more than that, it’s to celebrate the hard work of the volunteers who make the shows possible and the competitors that work hard to prepare for them.

Also in this issue: what can horses teach us about mental health? Emma Hutchison, Horseback UK, gives us 6 lessons that horses can teach us about caring for our Mental Health, and how to practise at home without a horse.

5 Fundamentals - Forward First. In this new series from Ben Longwell, we explore laying the foundation of communication through groundwork, starting with 'Forward First'.

Bella Barr challenges her preconceptions and welcomes inspiration from the talented horse people she meets.

Sitting Pretty, Al Dunning has 3 exercises to help you achieve an effective seat

And Vet Nikki helps us with equine first aid in this issues Ask the Vet column.

 

FRONT COVER | Kyle Magdaleno with Smarts Golden Spook aka 'Roy' as featured on page 30.

PICTURE BY | Jem Photography

 

 

Happy trails

Theresa

 

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Here's a preview of what's inside the October edition of Western Horse UK

 

Western Riding 101  

101 Series Part 2 | Basics of western bits and bridles

 

Sitting Pretty  | 3 Exercises to Achieve an Effective Seat

Al Dunning explains "No matter how well a horse is trained, the horse can't continue using proper form if the rider doesn't stay out of the horse's way. You need to worry about maintaining a balanced, effective seat that enhances your horse's natural ability. Bad habits are always lurking in the shadows, ready to creep in and disrupt even the best ride." Learn how with these 3 exercises.

 

Ask the Vet | Equine First Aid

Nikki Pursey MA VetMB CertAVP(ESM) MRCVS of Farr & Pursey Equine Veterinary Services provides us with a guide to create an equine first aid kit and how to monitor your horses' health. "Horses have an amazing capacity for injuring themselves, and treating wounds is a daily occurrence for Vets. Some horses are more accident-prone than others but regardless of this, there are a few basic principles that all horse owners should follow, so that when disaster strikes, prompt and appropriate treatment can be carried out to ensure the best possible outcome."

 

Don't Look A Gift Horse in the Mouth

Bella challenges her preconceptions and welcomes inspiration from the talented horse people she meets. In her latest article, Bella explains how she met Kyle Magdalena and she quickly realized what an inspiring young rider he is. Kyle is featured on the front cover.

 

5 Fundamentals | Forward First  

In this new series from Ben Longwell, we explore laying the foundation of communication through groundwork, starting with 'Forward First'.

"I want to start a series on the physical aspects of what we are trying to develop in any ridden horse, regardless of discipline, emphasising first that we must look deeper than just physical outcomes. Our horses' mental and emotional states determine what they do physically and the quality of those things that we are ultimately seeking."

 

Horsemanship and Competition

Humanity's relationship with the horse is ever-evolving; now that work is not the focus, competition has come to the forefront of many equestrian activities. Brandon McAuslan explores the way we live and work with horses.

"Our time with horses can be a life-enriching and self-improving experience. Working with horses can offer us a unique and personal endeavour, that is both a study in animal psychology and a demanding physical activity. Ethical considerations aside - there is no right or wrong way to live and work with horses. We all have different paths to walk in life. There are so many opportunities to learn from different places that an aspiring horseperson can easily choose an equestrian activity or discipline to suit their preferences and lifestyle. But how do we define success with horses?"

 

Am I Safe? | Crissi McDonald explores whether taking care of your horse’s brain and nervous system is better to create the behaviours you desire.

There’s a question every horse asks before any other questions, says Dr Stephen Peters. “Am I safe?” If we can answer that question consistently and with assurance, our horse can learn and thrive in a safe environment. 

"When we do our best to help create an environment where the horse feels safe and taps into curiosity, we build a better brain and a quieter nervous system. We build trust and a solid partnership. We increase our awareness and are able to look out for our horses, instead of forcing them into our agenda."

 

What can horses teach us about mental health?

Emma Hutchison, HorseBack UK gives us 6 lessons that horses can teach us about caring for our Mental Health, and how to practise at home without a horse.

We all know horses are wonderful creatures and they can also teach us so much. At HorseBack UK they're an integral part of their programmes with both disadvantaged youth and veterans.

What if you don't have access to a horse, can you still benefit from what they can teach us? The answer is yes! Here are 6 lessons horses can teach us that you can practise at home – without a real horse in sight if necessary. 

 

Special Feature | Celebrating the UK 2021 Show Scene

 

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