So, the world as we knew it changed in unimaginable ways since our last issue. I hope that you are staying safe and sane in these difficult times. 

For the most part, I have limited my exposure to social media, but you only have to spend a few seconds to see that the equine world is doing its best to interpret the advice. Those interpretations vary from ride, don't ride, hack, don't hack, etc. Whether you choose to continue ridden work or take this time to focus on groundwork and your equine partnership, we have articles to help you. 

Brandon McAuslan looks at reducing risk, and how we keep our horses sane and healthy when we cannot ride them.  Kate McLaughlin talks about what this means for us all as horse owners. "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." I love this quote from Ben Longwell, and in this issue, Ben talks about 'Shortcuts' and why they won't get you to where you want to be. Hopefully, you caught our live webinar with Ben, if not you can watch the replay here!

For our part, we will continue to produce the print magazine for as long as our printers are allowed to work, but we have an online backup plan if that changes. We will also be bringing to you fantastic content via both our Horsemanship Hub and our monthly Horsemanship Hour webinar.  We have also launched a Horsemanship Journal Book Club if you enjoy reading then join our club. Our May book of the month will be Continuing the Journey by Chrissi McDonald.

Finally, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the Western Horse UK community, to our printers who continue to work, our designer Sharon, and all our authors who despite being busy adjusting their own businesses still made the time to write for us, and of course, our subscribers. 

Be kind, be safe

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COVER STORIES

10. JANE HEDGE

Groundwork exercises in a small space

12. TRUE WEST HORSEMANSHIP

Ben Longwell looks at how there are no shortcuts in horsemanship

20. BRANDON MCAUSLAN

Lowering risk in uncertain times

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REGULARS

6. ARCHIE’S ADVENTURES

Horses, quarantine and kindness

8. ASK THE VET

Laminitis

24. AL DUNNING

The Making of a Champion - Part 2

30. JOE MIDGLEY

The Snaffle and the Halter

34. BUSINESS MAP

The only western business directory

 

SOCIETY NEWS

36. UK BARREL HORSE ASSOCIATION

 

FEATURES

18. HAYLEIGH MIDGLEY

Breaking Point - a real pain in the neck

32. BELLA BARR

Time in the USA with trainer Kathleen Lindley- Beckham

38. ALESSIA PAGANI

Help your horse find peace