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Horse world Visit the 2010 CLA Game Fair, plus latest equine news Readers’ letters Your chance to air your views On Garda! Behind the scenes with the Irish Garda Mounted Support Unit Subscriptions Check out our unbeatable offer in this issue What’s new on the web? Visit to have your say Charity days out Great horsey days out this summer Five minutes with this year’s Badminton winner Paul Tapner

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In the saddle


22 Trouble-free transitions Ride smooth

59 Listen here!

gear changes every time

28 Perfect outline

Ride him ‘on the bit’ in no time

32 Clayton Fredericks’ great jumping advice Exercises for all levels

Horsey shopping

Great groundwork and ridden exercises to get your horse paying attention to you – all the time!

100 Cool customers We’ve

110 What’s in store? The hot new horsey products hitting the shelves this month

42 Ask the Experts – Riding Q&As

117 Warm up, chill out Check out the science

Ask a vet

says Michael Peace

52 Confidence clinic Say

goodbye to nerves

54 Ask the Experts – Mind Q&As ●

Coping with separation anxiety


Horses and hot-air balloons, plus win a ride!

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behind FMBs Active Med Combi Pro masssage rug

72 Dr Duncan’s casebook

Stuart Duncan MRCVS has the low-down on choke

Management know-how 84 Have a happy, healthy horse

Keep him – and yourself – hydrated all summer, plus all the latest equine health news

90 Fun in the sun Make sure your horsey summer goes smoothly by being aware of sun-related problems

94 Ask the Experts – Horse care Q&As

● Changing from a non-horsey career to a horsey one ● “Is my trailer insured for friends to borrow?” ● My horse is living with 10 others in a 50m x 50m field. Is this too small?”



76 Ask the Experts – Veterinary Q&As



Horses, houses, tack and equipment for sale

● “Help! My horse’s feet are in a right old state!” ● Can massage speed up muscle damage recovery? ● Putting condition on a poor doer

46 “Think like a horse and you will train him better,”


worth of fabulous horsey

how they affect our horses

Mind matters


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● “Why does his canter feel so strung-out and unco-ordinated?” ● “My mare won’t be lunged”


tested a total of 18 leg cooling products so you don’t have to

● Why don’t horses listen? ● Signs he is or isn’t listening ● Groundwork rules ● Ride to attention

38 Hot-air balloons and


122 Horses for sale Find the horse of your dreams

132 From barnyard to stable yard

How to turn outbuildings into your dream dwelling

133 Houses for sale

24 gorgeous equestrian properties. Find the perfect pad right here

Competitions 26 WIN! A lesson with

dressage guru Emile Faurie

40 WIN! A Virgin balloon flight


Enter compet all our itions o n one form

108 WIN! VIP tickets to Blenheim Horse Trials

118 WIN! A Spanish riding holiday


Understanding herd behaviour


horse world

OnGarda! On St Patrick’s Day, the Irish Garda Mounted Support Unit get their gladrags on to parade the streets of Dublin


estled in the Phoenix Park, in the grounds of Arás an Uachtaráin, Dublin (official residence of the President of Ireland), is the ‘Maracaonad an Gharda Siochana’ – the Garda Mounted Support Unit. As the name suggests, the Unit provides support to the police force of the Republic of Ireland – the Gardaî – and consists of a Superintendent (the

boss), one sergeant and 13 Garda. Support is provided nationwide on a regular basis, and includes crime prevention, searching for missing persons, community policing, major event policing, public order and crowd control. Not only that, but the Unit has a ceremonial role, too, whose duties include state visits and escorting the Lord Mayor’s coach on St Patrick’s Day. All in a day’s work!

Far left: Looking relaxed despite the busy crowds Above: The Unit reaches the ‘form

up’ area for the parade and change into their ceremonial uniforms

Right: The horses are washed and clipped and groomed until they are gleaming!

The Unit has a ceremonial role for state visits

Photos: Keith Jack, visit

Above: The Irish Draught geldings who qualify for the Garda Mounted Unit must be between four and six years old, broken to ride, be a minimum of 16.3hh and be one full colour. They are selected for their temperament and physical qualities

Left: The Garda Mounted Unit is based in stables set in 1,752 acres at the Presidential residence in Phoenix Park, Dublin. The Unit has a current strength of 12 horses

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In the saddle

Line ’em up! International eventer Clayton Fredericks explains how the right jumping exercises at home will prepare you for whatever a course throws at you in a competition



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A good warm-up is always important, but it doesn’t just Back to have to mean riding in circles basics or doing laps of the school. In fact, Clayton and Lucinda try not to ride on the track at all when they’re schooling! Clayton warms Louis up over some poles – relatively short in length and spaced so that they can be ridden through the centre in trot, or at either side in canter (see diagram right). “The warm-up is a good chance to feel how your horse is going and pick up on things you need to work on,” says Clayton. “For example, I notice that Louis is dropping out through his right shoulder over the poles, so I’m just putting him into a shoulder-in

Trot and canter poles!

Words: Mel Rutherford, photos: Bob Atkins. Thanks to Toggi for setting up the masterclass

Aussie Clayton and British-born Lucinda Fredericks live near Devizes, Wiltshire, and have both enjoyed incredible success in the eventing world. Both were part of the Australian silver medal-winning team at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympics, and Clayton has enjoyed many wins at advanced level, including the prestigious four-star Kentucky Rolex in 2007, with Ben Along Time. Here Clayton rides advanced horse Poilu (aka Louis). The pair were fifth at last year’s

Burghley Horse Trials, and Louis has notched up an impressive 315 BE points. Clayton says Poilu, who is now ridden by Chris King, is a very special horse indeed. “He feels great to ride, he looks in great condition and he’s happy and athletic. “Burghley 2009 was the culmination of two or three years of hard work and getting Louis used to the showjumping,” explains Clayton. “He gave me a great ride – apart from tripping up the first step out of the water complex, the rest was foot-perfect. Louis’ cross-country has always been very good and he has a great attitude, but he’s let me down a couple of times in the showjumping, freezing under the spotlight in the main arena. He might be a grown-up Thoroughbred, but he’s easily distracted!”


About Clayton

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Mind matters

Team players

By studying how horses interact with each other, we get a better understanding of why horses do what they do

There’s a saying, ‘Two heads are better than one’ and horses believe this works best. That’s why they choose to live in herds, as Michael Peace explains

Michael Peace uses his unique ‘Think Equus’ philosophy to help horses and riders of all levels to achieve their ultimate goals. He advises riders: “Take time to understand equine behaviour so that you can build a relationship with your horse that really works.” To book your horse in for training or a home visit with Michael, call ☎ 01865 842806 or visit his website at

Words: Michael Peace, Nicky Moffatt. Photos: Bob Atkins

About Michael

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Management know-how

works Ever thought it’s odd that your horse won’t drink when he should be very thirsty? Lucinda Stapleton, from Horse Quencher UK, explains why and tells us about the importance of keeping your horse hydrated

I Often termed ‘the forgotten food’, water is the most important nutrient that horses need to consume daily

they may be able to go weeks without food. In 1982, a study in Paris found that horses were able to survive on water alone for 20 to 25 days. With access to food but no water, they could only live for five to six days. Water is the basis for life, and serious medical conditions can result when horses don’t consume adequate amounts of water every day. Water makes up to 75 per cent of the average horse’s body – an apple is 85 per cent and a jellyfish is 95

per cent. If you drained the water from a 450kg horse, you would have removed 70 gallons and he would weigh a mere 200kg!


Correct water intake?

Water is necessary for the proper function of every cell and organ in the horse’s body, and while it may seem a simple subject, getting a

Helpline ☎ 01908 226626 See page 95 for Spillers’ feeding tip of the month

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f you’re like most horse enthusiasts, it’s likely that summer is your favourite time of year. Longer days and warmer weather bring more saddle time, but the effects of longer rides, travelling and competing can have devastating results on your horse’s health if he is not kept fully hydrated. Often termed ‘the forgotten food’, water is the most important nutrient that horses need to consume daily. Without it, they will die within a few days, whereas

horse to consume the appropriate amount of water can be difficult... ● Maybe you’ve just completed a long ride on a day when the temperatures and humidity are high. You stopped to offer your horse water, but he was so distracted by the other horses around him that he wouldn’t drink. Every one of you who has taken your horse out for a long day’s work or put him in your trailer and

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Quick-soaking sugar beet feed, Fibre-Beet from British Horse Feeds provides an excellent source of fibre for horses and ponies. Containing all the benefits of the original Speedi-Beet product with added high-quality alfalfa N! WI for condition, Fibre-Beet can help with topline and that extra finishing touch for competition horses or simply in maintaining weight and a healthy, shiny coat. Rich in protein, it provides an excellent source of digestible fibre and a high level of slowrelease energy without fizz. It also provides a good range of minerals, trace elements and amino acids. Approved by The Laminitis Trust, Fibre-Beet is extremely beneficial for laminitics and also contains biotin to help maintain hoof integrity. Ideal for all types of horses and ponies, it comes in 20kg bags, and is priced at around £9.90. Twenty-five lucky readers will each win a bag. For more details, call ☎ 01765 680300 or visit




The Carrots Essentials range of seamless underwear has been designed with comfort and support in mind. Made from a super-soft and flexible stretch microfibre fabric, the breathable Carrots Essentials collection fits like a second skin and is ideal for use during all equestrian activities, from hacking to competition riding. The Sports TBack Top features integral support and comes in black or white, in sizes small (8 to 10), medium (12 to 14) or large (14 to 16). The Shorties provide seamless comfort and no VPL, making them perfect for wearing under competition or everyday breeches. Available in either black or white, they come in small (8 to 12) or large (14 to 16). Nine lucky readers will each win a Sports T-Back Top and a pair of Shorties worth £30! For more details, call ☎ 01245 445362 or visit N! WI

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Seven lucky readers will each win an Absorbine fly pack containing UltraShield Equestrian Premises Spray and an UltraShield Fly Bonnet. The Equestrian Premises Spray will protect your horse’s environment from irritating and biting insects that can cause so much misery during the summer months. It has an instant ‘knock-down’ effect when insects come into contact with it, as well as offering a long-lasting, protective shield. Available in 946ml spray, it is priced at around £19.88. The Fly Bonnet is made from new Rip-Shield material and is super-tough and tearresistant, providing protection against flies, mosquitoes and gnats. The seethrough mesh has two adjustable safety-release closures to IN ensure a good ! WI fit and is available with ears in small or large. Priced at around £16.90. For more details, visit www. absorbine

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Beat the flies with a great fly kit from Lincoln, worth around £60! Classic Fly Repellent is a powerful, long-lasting, dual-action formula. The Fly Repellent Roll-On can be applied accurately and Fly Stuff is a soothing, non-staining version of Summer Fly Cream, which treats and prevents fly strike, and contains a combination of powerful antibacterial agents to optimise healing. Ditch the Itch is ideal for when there is potential irritation from midges, Stop the Bot repels the bot, makes egg-removal significantly easier and deters the horse from ingesting the eggs, and Fly Repellent Shampoo will ensure a clean, fresh and healthy coat and gives added fly protection. Six lucky readers will each win a kit. For more details, call ☎ 01522 529206 or visit

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● 17hh, gelding, 17 yrs. Excels at SJ, forward-going and fast against the clock. Not a novice ride, ideal for competitive rider. No vices, good shoe, box, clip, in traffic. £1,500. ☎ 07717 670019 (Warks)

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