Hello and welcome to the December issue of Horsemanship Journal, it's hard to believe that we are already on the final issue of 2018.
In this issue, we have the next instalment of Calming Signals, this time Rachael Draaisma looks at stress indicators. We also launched our first podcast of Rachael's articles, so if you haven't already, head over to our website to listen to Horsemanship Audio.
We have a packed issue with great features from our team of authors/trainers: Ross Copper continues his 'getting it done' series with some helpful advice on handling the hard-to-catch horse, Bev Walton continues her 'Why Groundwork' series, this time focusing on Leadership Skills, Gary Witheford has some effective procedures for stress-free winter when horses are stabled for longer, Alessia Pagani looks at the daunting task of finding an equine partner and Franklin Levinson looks at Equine Assisted Programs and Therapies.
In November, I attended the first Horsemanship Showcase, a great event that is set to grow. It was inspiring to attend an event dedicated to Horsemanship, and it was lovely to speak with existing subscribers and some new ones. We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s event.
From all of the team at Horsemanship Journal - have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Welcome to the October issue of Horsemanship Journal.
In this issue, we welcome a new author to HJ, Bev Walton. Bev has over 40 years of experience with horses, specialising in horse psychology and behaviour. In her article, Bev looks at the importance of groundwork.
The summer has left many of us with fields with little grass, and as we move into the winter, we can look forward to months of muddy paddocks. Maintaining paddocks that can keep horses stimulated has year-round challenges. Ross Cooper provides some easy to do ideas to enrich paddocks and keep horses stimulated (page 12).
In our training articles, Alessia Pagani discusses training and getting the job done, and Gary Witheford helps us work with our horses to overcome fears.
In science, new research explores advancing Gene Therapy for Equine Lameness. Dr Catrin Rutland, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Developmental Genetics, provides us with an overview of this fascinating research (page 8).
Lucy Irvine keeps us up to date with her vital work helping horses in Bulgaria. In this issue, she tells about Amber’s story and how LIFE has helped her (page 22).
We have been looking for a charity that we can partner with, to support on an ongoing basis, and I am pleased to say that we will be supporting the LIFE foundation. We would love for you to get involved too, in helping to make the lives of working horses and donkeys better. It's difficult to choose one charity from all of the organisations that are doing great work; we chose LIFE as they are operating in an area where other charities have yet to reach. Read more about the foundation and how we can help on page 22.
Rachaël Draaisma returns in this issue with her latest calming signals feature, this time looking at the behaviour classified as 'splitting'.
We introduce Alison Zuend BSc (Hons) from the Horse Place, Devon - who is a 4-Star Parelli Professional, the highest ranking and longest standing in the UK. Alison teaches about our 'independent seat' and provides some exercises to help us improve this.
We are excited to launch the first of our new podcasts! These are available at www.horsemanship-journal.com/horsemanship-audio. The audio versions allow you to listen to selected articles anywhere you like. Our first articles are by Ross Cooper, a regular contributor to Horsemanship-Journal.
There is so much to think about when it comes to caring for our horses, in this issue, we look at hydration for horses through the practice of Equine Nutritional Hydrotherapy (ENH).
The practice of ENH encourages not only the use of natural whole food nutrition, but it must allow for an increase in the hindgut reservoir of fluid available for the horse to use, as and when required. This is now proving to be an invaluable resource for veterinarians within the clinical environment both in the UK and in Europe.
Franklin Levinson asks us to consider the amount and speed of information that we expect our horses to cope with. Too much information, energy, provided too fast confuses horses and, when they are confused, they become afraid. When they are, they cannot readily comply with requests made.
On a similar note, Equi-Ability discusses the impact our emotions have on our horses: "Our emotions are inextricably linked with our horse, and how we feel impacts directly on how well placed our horse is to learn. Based on this, the better we know ourselves and are aware of our emotional responses, the better we can support our horses in new ventures. We are less likely to block our equine partners by attributing a problem to them, when in fact it is our doing."
In this issue’s training articles, Alessia Pagani helps us to direct the feet, with timing and feel "when you are in time with those feet, you can slow them down, speed them up and you can stop them before they get into trouble."
Calming Signals of Horses by Racheal Draaisma
BIG THINK - Rider Weight
Attitude is everything with Franklin Levison
- Q&A With Elsa Sinclair of Taming Wild
- Martin Black
- Tik Maynard
- Barbara Shultz
- Big Think: Round Pens with Josephine Sellers and Franklin Levinson
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