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.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Wed, 2009-03-11 14:45
Last week I covered the five main influencing factors to take into account when designing the property. These are the environmental factors, the economic factors, the ergonomics, the safety factors and the aesthetics. This week I am going to cover the environmental factors in more detail and in the following weeks I will follow the others one by one.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-05-25 14:52
After looking at the ankles and knees in detail in previous articles we are now going to look at the hips of the rider. The hips are the third joint involved in the shock absorbing process (along with the ankles and knees) and like them play an important part in correct riding.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-03-16 11:09
Last week I covered some of the environmental stuff that you need to take into account when designing your property. This week I will cover the economic factors in more detail.
It is always difficult to know where to start when you buy a property. You need to separate what you want from what you/your horses and your property needs. For example many people start straight way by doing the fences (external and internal) and maybe putting in an arena and stables.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Sun, 2008-09-21 11:46
Dunging behaviour directly affects the selection of grass in a paddock. Horses, cattle and to some extent sheep will not graze over their own dung. This can result in large areas of a paddock becoming unavailable for grazing.
This problem is further exacerbated with horses because they group dung in one area of a paddock and graze in another. Cattle and sheep tend to dung more evenly across a paddock. This dunging behaviour of horses occurs when the stocking density is higher than it would be in the natural situation.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2008-09-22 12:17
The utilisation of grazing systems will maximise pasture production and extend the grazing season on your horse property. As a horse owner you need to regard your pasture in much the same way that a farmer would.
Utilizing grazing systems will have many benefits for you, your horses, your property and the wider environment. It will also reduce your feed bills and reduce dust and mud.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2009-03-30 10:36
The current drought is affecting horse owners acutely. Even though there has been some rain in certain areas, many of the hay growing regions have missed out altogether or have simply not received anywhere near enough rain to grow hay. As a consequence hay suppliers are running out of hay and as each one does so the problem is escalating.
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