Trot On Blogs

Horse riding is an underestimated sport. Riders need to have strong quads and a stable core to ride for long periods of time without tiring. Along with fitness comes the importance of bodyweight as well, which has an effect on one’s performance. So let’s take a look at fitness and diet tips from the UK’s top horse riders that riders…

Hacking - Is it Underrated or Under-Supported?

Written by Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:40
Horses have been recorded to naturally travel around 8.1-28.3km per day; with recent studies documenting horses travelling for 12-hours to water and food resources (Hampson et al. 2010). Yes, our domestic horses need not travel 55km to the water bowl that sits in front of them, but, horses are designed to roam. They have slow fermenting hind guts to provide warmth…

Expectation Vs. Reality

Written by Monday, 02 September 2019 10:32
Let’s talk about expectations! There have been many days which a hack, a show ring experience, a dressage test (the list is endless) has not gone quite to plan. Sometimes, life doesn’t go as planned! The horse spooked, you forgot test, the weather was bad, and so on. That’s fine, we should take the positives and move on. However, sometimes,…

We Need To Cheer Each Other On!

Written by Tuesday, 06 August 2019 13:03
Since when have we stopped helping each other? When has it been easier to pull someone down, than build them up? I feel that this applies in everyday life and situations, but today, I am going to focus on the equine industry. I won’t bore you with statistics or facts, but it is important to consider the sheer volume of…

You Can Only Let Go If You Listen

Written by Tuesday, 16 July 2019 14:25
Does my horse ‘listen’ to me? Whilst horses cannot ‘talk’, or speak our language, it is suggested that they are able to understand many of our communicative techniques. Wathan et al (2016) found that horses are able to analyse facial expression of conspecifics, to gain social information. More recently, Proops et al (2018) found evidence of this analysis being used…
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