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George the Show Pony in Action!

George’s (Broomdowns Little Man) second outing was to the Wanborough Show on Saturday 18th June, where he won the youngstock class!

My favourite hat was covered in bird poop, so it needed a quick brush off before I wore it. (I think bird poo is lucky!) Anyway, he was amazing and the judge commented that,’He has something very special, and I can see him at HOYS in the lead rein/ first ridden classes.’ I was really happy with him, and it was worth all the huffing and puffing as I ran as fast as I could around the ring with him to keep up with his amazing trot.

Effective Training for the Horse

Effective Training

It is important to know what effect training should have on your horse. Preparatory work in hand and on the lunge strengthens the correct muscles in the hose’s body so that he can carry a rider with ease. This also depends ultimately on the rider’s ability and posture, but that is another subject. As a comparison, a 600kg horse ridden by a 60kg rider is working carrying 10% of his body weight. This is equivalent to a 60kg person working out with dumbbells totalling weight.


381I have passed my level 3 in Counselling Studies, and am looking forwards to starting the level 4 course in September. I am really enjoying being at college, and working with people. At first, I looked upon it as being a new venture for me, but have come to realise that I have been listening to people for years as a riding instructor, trying to understand why riders and their horses have problems, and working out the best way forwards for them.

Reiki Practitioner

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Well, I have qualified as a Reiki master, and am finding it fascinating working with both people and animals with this natural energy. I have always felt I could tune into animals, particularly horses, and I am thrilled that what I have been doing for years is a recognised skill.