Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Thu, 2009-01-08 16:26
Almost any horse owner will agree that a horse is a herd animal but many do not really understand what this entails. A fuller understanding means that horse management systems can be designed to incorporate rather than ignore these basic facts about horse behviour. In this age of enlightenment more and more people are willing and actually want to improve the ‘lifestyle’ of the horses in their care both for the welfare benefits and the improvement in performance that results from a healthier horse.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-04-20 15:22
Last week’s article outlined the steps that need to be taken in order to gain an independent seat. The article also stated that the first step towards gaining an independent seat is to learn how to stabilise the lower leg. A good balanced rider has a stable lower leg and can move the upper body around over the lower leg without loss of balance. A not so balanced rider tends to use the lower leg to compensate for any upper body movements. This causes the rider to become unstable.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Sun, 2009-02-01 13:29
The time budget is the amount of time an animal spends doing the things it has to do throughout the day. Feral/wild animals including equines have been studied in order to discover what the ‘time-budget’ is for that particular species.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-04-27 10:57
If you have been following the previous articles you should now be able to walk and trot standing in the stirrups while balancing on the horse, using a neck strap for support. You may also be able to stay in this position without having to use the neck strap. You should now be able to absorb the movements of the horse into the hip, knee and ankle joints.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Fri, 2009-02-13 15:22
The valuable by-product, manure, is often considered a waste or, at best, a nuisance to dispose of. Yet most horse properties, including small ones, can use this manure to their advantage, it just takes a little time and planning.
Manure Management Options Several options are open to you to manage any manure that is collected from stables, yards and paddocks. These options include: • collected manure can be composted to spread later on paddocks and gardens or stored to be sold
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-02-23 11:06
Caring for your property is as important as caring for your horse. This can also be as rewarding as caring for your horse once you have the requisite knowledge and skills. Horses are not native to Australia. This means that horses have a huge impact on the environment if they are not managed well.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-05-11 14:39
With this article I have chosen to start with ankles as this is an area of the riders body that gets most neglected and is yet vitally important. Conversely it is an area that once improved can rapidly lead to a better position, balance and security and of course an independent seat.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Tue, 2009-03-03 12:48
Designing your own horse property can be very rewarding, but it can also be frustrating because if you make the wrong decisions you have to live with them. The more time spent in planning and preparation will lead to more informed decision making. So take your time and gather as much information as possible. You won’t regret it.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-05-18 11:03
In last week’s article I wrote about ankles. Now I am going to write about knees and what they should and should not do when riding. When first learning to ride, many people were taught to ‘grip with the knees’. In fact, in the good old days, people were often made to ride around with a coin or a dollar between their knees and the saddle so that they could learn better grip! This came about because of the largely unscientific teaching methods that were common in the past.
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