Welcome to the April issue of Western Horse UK.
It seems we can start to be cautiously optimistic about 2021; spring has arrived along with the easing of Covid restrictions. Western riding event organisers plan to operate shows through the summer, and clinics and lessons resume - with Covid safety protocols in place. Check out our events listing on page 13; please check the covid arrangements with the organisers.
With the weather still being a little unpredictable, Al Dunning still has plenty for us to get on with when the weather interferes with our plans. Vet Nikki discusses eyes in this issue’s 'Ask the Vet' column, covering the various eye conditions horse owners may face. Nature v Nurture, Ben Longwell of True West Horsemanship, invites us to look at the impact that training and handling can have on our horses' personalities.
How is your riding position? Alessia Pagani shows us how our stance in the saddle can make all the difference to our riding.
Also, in this issue, Kate reviews the second season of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown, a must-watch TV show that came out recently on one of the streaming channels.
Have a wonderful spring!