HORSE KNOWLEDGE CLUB PAGE
A series of friendly evening talks, demonstrations and visits to help members and friends expand their equine knowledge, a chance to discuss and share experiences.
So far the subjects that we have covered in 2018 – 2019
March: Bridles & bits – led by Anna Swallwood BHSI.
A selection of bits from all the different families were displayed on the table.
Discussion on how the bits work in the mouth & difference between the metal, nylon or rubber mouth pieces.
The different types of bridles, nose bands, reins & headpieces.
April: Horse care & veterinary talk by Anna Swallwood.
Topics included: Laminitus, feeding, improving condition & poisonous plants.
May: Saddle fitting with Master Saddler Karina Cope
This was a very informative evening with a chance to see different types of saddles and how they might fit the various shapes of horse’s backs.
August: Conformation led by Anna Smallwood.
Anna gave a short talk on good and bad points of conformation, how to assess horse’s proportions & measure for correct conformation. Checking legs for splints, curbs, capped hocks and looking at the hooves for shape and balance.
September: Representative from Spillers horse feeds.
Members were invited to have their horses / ponies weighed, measured and assessed on weight and condition by Spillers representative & advise was given on the types of feed suitable.
October: Dressage demonstration – Gail Allum
This was another interesting demonstration on “How to improve marks at prelim level”.
February: Feeding & supplement – led by Anna Smallwood.
In-dept talk & discussion on feeding horses and ponies in working, competition & hacking.
The feed companies had generously given lots of samples of different types of feeds.
Members were encouraged to bring a sample of their feeds.
March: Ride and Road Safety with BHS R&R officer: Joanne Crabb.
We were shown a R&R safety video & given a talk about what to wear for both rider and horse on roads to be seen better.
How to safely ride on the road with other road users.
May: Lunging & riding a medium dressage test with Scilla Lowns.
How to lunge correctly and common problems to avoid. What equipment is needed to lunge for both horse and handler.
Scilla then gave a short ridden demonstration on riding a medium dressage test.
July: Equine Facilitated Learning: led by Lindsay Corrigan.
Lindsay is a chartered psychologist who uses horses in her leadership teamwork coaching to help build a connection between humans and horses.
Winter 2019 – 2020.
We will have a new programme of topics on horse related subjects.
September 24th: Riders Pilates talk and demonstration at Halton, Wendover.
October: Practical demonstration & talk on Clipping & trimming.