As I write, it's been another damp week with threats of snow (I know for many of you it has), but thankfully the days are getting longer, and spring is around the corner.

With that in mind, our special feature is breeding. Are you considering breeding? Is colour a consideration for you? Have you thought through all the areas you should consider before breeding? Breeding is a decision not to be taken lightly, but it's a very alluring thought to have a foal that you have bred, a foal that will be precisely what you want. Vet Nikki covers caring for your pregnant mare, and Stephanie talks us through the complex topic of breeding for colour.

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In the spirit of getting ready for the year ahead, February saw the start of our 'Fit Horse Fit Rider' series with Zoe Hindle (Veterinary Physiotherapist) and Seonaidh Jamieson (Fitness & Mindset Coach). If you haven't already, join the pop-up Facebook group to watch live every Tuesday at 6 pm, you can ask questions, get involved in the conversation and watch the replays (replays only available for a limited time).

As our lives continue to be hectic, I hope you can take a pause from your day and find a nice quiet and comfortable spot to read this issue.

Stay safe and happy trails.

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COVER STORIES

BREEDING SPECIAL

10. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BREED

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Key areas to research before breeding

12. WHEN IS IT OK TO BREED FOR COLOUR?

Do’s and Don'ts when colour is a factor

16. ASK THE VET

Caring for the pregnant mare

REGULARS

8. ASK THE VET

Pre-Purchase Examinations

20. GET OUT WHILE IT’S GOOD

Patience, Consistency and good timing with

Ben Longwell

24. THE ROPE HALTER

Brandon McAuslan takes us through his views on the rope halter

28. THEN I BOUGHT A QUARTER HORSE

Bella Barr embarks upon a new partnership

32. SCHOOLING WITH STYLE AND PURPOSE

Al Dunning

35. INTIMIDATOR OR LEADER

Barbra Schulte

36. HOOF BOOTS AND MINIATURE HORSES

Carole Herder explains how boots can be used with miniature horses

FEATURES

6. CHOOSING YOUR PERFECT PARTNER

Find a new horse with Alessia Pagani

22. MIND LIKE STILL WATER

Connection through Vulnerability