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Horse diaries March - Stu

Keeping you up to date, behind the scenes with Equilibrium’s horses.

We care passionately about horses because we are owners and riders ourselves. Our horses are a big part of our daily lives and we would like to share with you, some of the trials and tribulations we face on a weekly basis with our horses – the good, bad & the ugly!

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Stu relaxing with his Equilibrium Therapy Massage pad. He wears it every day for 30 mins before being ridden as well as on his days off to help keep his back loose and supple.

Stu: Parklands Steward – 16.2hh, 7 year old, Hanoverian Gelding.

Stu has been working hard over the long, wet winter and now that he has his very own transport, we’ve managed to enter for 2 prelim tests this weekend.

As a horse that isn’t IMG_2190too well travelled and has been backed for less than a year, we’ve used the last few weeks to prepare him both mentally and physically for his outing.

Last time we competed it was his first time out in a while, and as a young horse with a massive sense of humour, he thought that going to a pony party was far too exciting to concentrate! Despite a pretty unproductive warm up, we went into the test a bit flustered but managed to relax into it and it had some nice moments towards the end. Unfortunately I had only entered for one test, as what I really would have liked to do was to go back in and
see if I could get him more relaxed from the beginning.

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A bowl of chaff with a scoop of simplyirresistible is a great reward for his brave venture up the ramp!

Now that I’ve learned my lesson, we’re entered for 2 tests this weekend, so that we have a ‘practice’ test before I ask a bit more of him in the second test. From past experiences, I’ve always found horses who take a while to settle always go better in their second test, which is okay until you’ve qualified for only one level at BD Regionals or Nationals and you only have one shot at it.

As a horse that doesn’t feel entirely comfortable travelling or standing in a horsebox, we’ve been doing some ‘loading practice’ on the run up to this weekend to hopefully eliminate one of the contributing factors to his excitement!