Our special Guest in the April episode of Horsemanship Hour Live was Phillippa Christie, in this episode, we discuss equine development and the effects of competition on developing horses.
Phillippa is a registered Equine Psychologist professional member of ISES (International Society for Equitation Science) and studies Equine Anatomy with the College of Equine Studies.
Phillippa has researched the main industries involved in commercial equestrianism in the hopes of highlighting the latest scientific information and questioning how this fits in with welfare ideologies.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will have heard of the term bitless. It’s been everywhere, bitless groups, bitless workshops, bitless equality. It’s literally all-over social media and usually the answer when someone posts a bit problem on a chat group.
So why are people posting about going bitless and is it just the latest fad? It very much depends on who you talk to. It’s still thought of as a taboo subject in some circles, and a few old school cowboys like to promote their bits over a bosal. But when it comes down to it, I post about bitless and I train bitless because I believe that from the point of science and horsemanship, it’s the best answer.
Horsemanship Showcase is an idea we’ve been talking about for a few years, we want to bring together outstanding Horsemanship, education and inspiration, alongside Christmas shopping and more. The 2018 event was all about Parelli instructors - Organised Equestrian is the official distributor for Parelli in the UK - so, working closely with them, we put together a super line-up, including horsemanship displays, education and spotlights. As it takes place a month before Christmas, the idea is to create a festive feel, with a great retail area offering a diverse range of things to buy.