Our talented authors have a variety of topics for you to help with your western horse riding in June's issue of Western Horse UK.

Western Horse UK June 21 Front Cover

Bella Barr finds herself amongst the thrill of western showing as she enters the world of competitive western riding at one of the UK's premier equestrian venues - Oakridge arena.

Ben Longwell, clinician and trainer at True West Horsemanship, shares his insight about using the life in your body instead of brute strength, as being more effective in making your horse aware of your personal bubble.

Thinking about shopping for a new horse? Horse trainer Joel Conner helps us run the gauntlet of buying a new equine friend.

As horse owners, we know that routine dental care is essential for helping to keep our horses in top condition; but why is it so important? What are the consequences when things go wrong, and what can we do?

In Horse Health, Vet Nikki Pursey looks at Equine Dentistry. This article, the first in a two-part series, describes the structure and function of the normal equine mouth whilst underlying the importance of routine dental care.

 

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Cover Stories

 

An Issue of Space

Ben Longwell of True West Horsemanship discusses how using the life in your body instead of brute strength is more effective in making your horse aware of your personal bubble.

 

Start Them Young

Editor Kate McLaughlin speaks to Guy Robertson about the benefits of horse clinics aimed at children.

 

Horse Shopping

Horse trainer Joel Conner helps us run the gauntlet of buying a new equine friend.

 

Regulars

 

Ask the Vet wth Nikki Pursey

Equine Dentistry Part 1: The Equine Mouth

 

Making the Change

Brandon McAuslan takes us through the change from English to Western riding style

Excerpt - The average person who owns a horse is looking for fun and companionship, with perhaps some challenge and purpose. Most horse owners are not competitively driven, and western style riding holds a unique appeal to such people due to the fact that in a historical context, western riding has developed as a discipline driven by the purposeful practice of working from horseback, rather than a competitive or martial one. Of course, there are many competitive pursuits in western riding, but at the heart of each sport, there is still a link (as tenuous as it may be) with the practices of working cattle from the back of a horse.

 

Create a Rewarding Connection with Your Horse

Al Dunning talks about developing feel for your horse.

 

Features

 

It's all gone a bit Western

Bella Barr enters the world of competitive Western riding at one of the UK's premier venues - Oakridge arena

Excerpt - Show Day. So the first thing that struck me was that they weren’t all Quarter Horses. I don’t know why I had just assumed that I would only see a quarter horse in a western class or at a western riding show. In fact, the Open Trail class was won by a pony called T.George, out of a Welsh mare but sire unknown, rumoured to be a Connemara, stated his owner Camille Geisz with a grin. The Trail class looked fun, and not too dissimilar to the arena-style TREC obstacle training that has become extremely popular in the past few years.

 

The Stories We Tell

Crissi McDonald delves into how one horse's capacity for change shared a valuable lesson.

 

FAMILIARISE vs DESENSITISE

Alessia Pagani encourages us to work from a place of compassion when training our horses.

Excerpt - The first thing that needs to be understood is that we cannot MAKE the horse get over a perceived threat of danger. I am pointing this out because I often see people approach a situation with the attitude and determination to make the horse get over a fear or a concern. This does more to undermine confidence in the long run; however, when we redirect our approach to a more compassionate heart-felt intent, we begin to work from a place of understanding.