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StableTalk - The UK's brightest on-line equestrian magazine, written by riders for riders

Is it my Fault--Or my Horse's?
Every rider has experienced the situation where they ask their horse for a particular shape or movement and either nothing happens or something other than what they wanted happens. You apply the aids for a left lead canter and the horse just keeps walking along as though nothing changed at all. Or you apply those aids and the horse wrings its tail and moves off at a brisk trot instead of the intended canter. What went wrong? ......
Fath Meredith December 2004 Go!

Equine Sports Massage Therapy
Equine Sports Massage is the therapeutic application of professional sports massage techniques to the equine athlete. This hands on technique, which has been in use in the US since the 1970s, is aimed at increasing performance levels and endurance, as well as helping to reduce the risk of injury due to muscle fatigue or strain........
Dyane Ashworth ITEC Dip, MIGPP, MESMA September 2004 Go!
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Threats and Safety Zones
I was young and pretty cocky when I started working with horses. Back then, I figured that the first thing I had to teach a horse was that I was the top dog. Then it was the horse’s job to pay attention to me and do what he was told.
Ron Meredith August 2004 Go!
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Horseball
Luke, a Stabletalk reader, wrote to us with some information about Horseball, which he takes part in. This game is on the increase and is certainly a very interesting equestrian sport.
Stabletalk Magazine June 2004 Go!
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Riding Into Your Future
Are you looking to keep riding into your 30’s 40’s 50’s and beyond? If so, looking after your health so that you remain fit for the future is a lifestyle decision that you need to take now!
Stabletalk Magazine June 2004 Go!
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Showtime!
Interview with Phil Bowen about how he prepares his many times Supreme Champion Welsh Cob Stallion Rhystyd Dazzler 38023 (Rusty) for his first show of the season.
Stabletalk Magazine May 2004 Go!
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Colic FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Colic in horses.
Stabletalk Magazine March 2004 Go!
Sefton Equine Hospital

Laminitis Prevention
Information on preventing Laminitis provided by the Laminitis Trust
Stabletalk Magazine March 2004 Go!
The Laminitis Trust

Holistically Healthy Horses
Holistic healing means approaching each horse as an individual to support or restore health. This differs from conventional medicine which is based on diagnosis and treatment of disease. Many people associate conventional medicine with drugs and holistic medicine with natural substances but the basic difference is in the philosophy; any method of treatment that considers all aspects of health in an individual could be considered holistic. Holistic therapies work with the horses’ own healing mechanisms by providing them with substances needed or by removing blockages.
Stabletalk Magazine January 2004 Go!
Author
: Madalyn Ward, DVM

The Training Tree: Rythmn
Every animal handler or hope-to-be trainer needs to establish a relationship that allows the animal to understand them and figure out what they are asking them to do. The best and most effective system must be based on trust. The obedience or compliance we are looking for flows from that trust. The basis for a horse trusting you is that everything you do is routine and usual. There’s never anything sudden or startling going on. And the way you start that feeling in the horse is by doing everything you do around him in a rhythmic way.
Stabletalk Magazine January 2004Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

The Cleveland Bay
The Cleveland Bay is the oldest established breed of English horse and is known as an English Warmblood. Learn more about this wonderful breed.
Stabletalk Magazine October 2003Go!
Author
: Linda Yaciw

The Training Tree: Balance
Balance is one of those terms in the horse industry that is so misused that it’s become mis-understood. All it really means is that the horse is distributing his weight equally on all four feet.
Stabletalk Magazine October 2003Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

History of the Lancashire Mounted Police
An interesting insight into the development of horses in publice service from times when the horse was the main source of transport.
Stabletalk Magazine September 2003Go!
Author
: Lancashire Constabulary

Adam Shereston - Horse Healer
Whether we believe in 'healers' or not they cannot be ignored especially when it comes to the wellbeing of your beloved horse and when you don't know where to turn to next to try and regain your horse's health.

Adam Shereston is a well known horse (and human) healer who helps to dispell many misgivings that some people have and has obtained some remarkable results. Here ios one of them.
Stabletalk Magazine June 2003Go!
Author
: Adam Shereston

The Ramp Retina - What is it and does it exist?
It is commonly observed that when a horse looks at something in the distance it raises its head and lifts its nose and when observing much closer objects the horse may arch the neck and rotate the head on one side. In the past it has been explained that the horse needs to make up for an inability to focus on objects when viewing at different distances (accommodation) by using a ‘ramp retina’.
Stabletalk Magazine August 2002 Go!
Author
: AM Harman, S Moore, R Hoskins and P Keller.

An Instinctive Purchase at a Horse Sale
Having read back over some of your older articles, I was touched by the girl who bought her sad Welsh pony and transformed him. So I thought I would share a similar tale. Already having 2 horses I was looking for a youngster to bring on and then sell on. Having nearly always had thoroughbreds I went to Ascot Sales to look for a suitable type.
Stabletalk Magazine July 2002 Go!
Author
: A Stabletalk Reader.

Loading A Disobedient Horse
If you have a horse who is just being evasive and disobedient, the tactics are a bit different than those you use to reintroduce the scared horse to a trailer. But you cannot lose your temper or start fighting. Disobedient horses are spoiling for a fight. Remember that a horse can only get the energy for a fight from the person who's fighting with him. If you're not fighting with the horse, he'll quit.
Stabletalk Magazine July 2002 Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

Heel Lameness - Is It Navicular?
The term "Navicular Disease" has been a concern of horse owners for many years. In fact, navicular disease has been determined as a cause of lameness in horses as early as 1752 when the syndrome was originally described. The term "Navicular Disease" itself is misleading.
Stabletalk Magazine July 2002 Go!
Author
: Edward D. Voss, DVM

Why Good Training Starts On The Ground
When some students first arrive here at Meredith Manor they don't see the point of the ground work we call "heeding." Moving their horses around on the ground doesn't seem very exciting. They're impatient to get in the saddle and start riding. They might jabber something about "respect" or herd hierarchy or some other mumbo jumbo if I pushed them to come up with a reason why the ground work was important.
Stabletalk Magazine May 2002 Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

Your Horse Needs a Lameness 'Work-Up' - What is the Procedure?
It is something we all dread, our horse going lame but how do we ascertain what the problem is?

Steve Orrell form Ashbrooks Equine Hospital explains what procedures they undertake to find out more about the lameness.
Stabletalk Magazine April 2002 Go!
Author
: Steve Orrell - Ashbrook Equine Hospital

Using Pressures to Shape the Horse
Training horses involves using pressures to shape a horse's behavior. But many people misunderstand how to use pressures properly.

Horses will learn when:a pressure is not perceived as an attack,
the pressure is only one step away from something the horse already understands, and if doing the correct thing relieves the pressure which rewards the horse.
Stabletalk Magazine March 2002 Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

Self Control Precedes Horse Control
Merely causing a horse to do something does not mean that you are in control of the horse. Think about the times you have seen someone put a chain lead shank under a horse's chin or over its nose. They may have been successful in leading that horse from Point A to Point B but the use of that shank is a dead giveaway that they were not really in control. If they were, coercive equipment would not be necessary.
Stabletalk Magazine February 2002 Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

Protective Footwear for Horse Owners - Fact & Fiction
Everyone has heard stories about toe cap protective boots - find out the facts.
Stabletalk Magazine January 2002 Go!
Author
: Nico Katan

Rescued From Slaughter Aged 8 - Now Happily Retired!
A Stabletalk reader tells her heartwarming story of how a rescued pony she had known for sometime became hers - twice - and is now enjoying an active happy retirement.
Stabletalk Magazine December 2001 Go!
Author
: A Stabletalk Reader

The Day I Lost My Best Friend
A regular Stabletalk reader finds it difficult to talk about losing her horse but she wanted to share her tragic experience with others in the hope that others may benefit.
Stabletalk Magazine November 2001 Go!
Author
: A Stabletalk Reader

Mud Fever...
Emily Davis, a regular Stabletalk reader, has written a great article about this dreaded infection. She uses her own personal experience to explain what causes Mud Fever and how best to care for your horse with this condition. It is certainly well written and worth taking the time to read.
Stabletalk Magazine November 2001 Go!
Author
: Emily Davis - A Stabletalk Reader

Intensity and Activity
Never do anything to frighten a horse to gain control. Swear pressures or avoidance pressures can create activity in an animal but activity should not be mistaken for learning. A high level of activity can sometimes limit the amount of learning. If a horse is reacting to frightening situations, it is not responding to your aids.
Stabletalk Magazine November 2001 Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

A Day In The Life Of An Equine Veterinary Hospital
Ever wondered what goes on at an Equine Hospital?
This article gives you an insight into a 'typical' day in the running of the Ashbrook Equine Hospital in Cheshire.
Stabletalk Magazine October 2001 Go!
Author
: Steve Orrell - Ashbrook Equine Hospital

Tools of the Training Trade: Equipment
There's a lot of misunderstandings out there about training equipment. Some people seem to believe that using a certain piece of equipment guarantees their horse will learn something. Or they'll be able to learn it easier or faster. Other people flat out condemn particular pieces of equipment no matter when or how they're used.
Stabletalk Magazine October 2001 Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

Can Magnotherapy Boots Help?
Hi I was wondering if you would be interested in a story about my friends pony that has COPD, for the past 4 years he has had to be fed on expensive horsehage because of his condition. Last year i discovered the wonders of magnatherapy and we decide to give it a try to see if it would help. We put in on him before it was time to feed hay so when we put him on hay we wasn't sure if it was the magnets or just the fact the we had been getting really good quality hay.
Stabletalk Magazine September 2001 Go!
Author
: Irene Ford

Keeping a Horse's Attention
One of the biggest mistakes that I see people make in their relationships with horses is failing to pay complete attention to the horse they are handling. That's why heeding is the best programme I know of for working with a stallion.
Stabletalk Magazine September 2001
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Author
: Ron Meredith

BHS Riding & Road Safety Campaign
It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, a girl is out on her pony riding down the road when suddenly two young men in a car speed round a blind corner. The pony panics, goes to run off, and is forced into a ditch by the speeding car. The driver doesn't stop, and the girl is left on her own with her pony who has possibly broken its leg.
Stabletalk Magazine August 2001 Go!
BHS Press Release

Loaning - A Practical Solution or a Recipe for Disaster?
- A readers response

A reader responds to a recent article which cast a shadow over the practice of putting a horse out on loan. This response is positive feedback which encourages those people who are thinking of loaning out their horse to persevere in their quest to find a suitable loanee.
Stabletalk Magazine August 2001 Go!
Author
: Emily Hunt

Applied Heeding: Handling Stallions
One of the biggest mistakes that I see people make in their relationships with horses is failing to pay complete attention to the horse they are handling. That's why heeding is the best programme I know of for working with a stallion.
Stabletalk Magazine August 2001
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Author
: Ron Meredith

Looking For A Riding School?
Here are some tips from a Stabletalk reader on how to find the Riding School that is most suited to you.
Stabletalk Magazine July 2001 Go!
Author
: Becky Snarey

Trick Horses Vs. Trained Horses
When youngsters come to Meredith Manor, one of the first things I show them is a big ball of string. Now if I asked them to sit down right then and there and eat that whole ball of string, they'd find that pretty gross.
Stabletalk Magazine July 2001 Go!
Author
: Ron Meredith

Rural Riders European Championship - Rescheduled
The Rural Riders European Championship (RREC), being hosted by British Riding Clubs (BRC), and postponed from July this year because of FMD can now go ahead in 2002.
Stabletalk Magazine July 2001 Go!
Author
: BHS Press Office

BHS - TREC
The British Horse Society TREC is the most exciting new equestrian competition to reach the UK in decades. It has attracted hundreds of competitors in the three years it has been running so far because it appeals to the 'ordinary' rider who is looking for fun, not medals.

Stabletalk Magazine July 2001 Go!
Author
: BHS Press Office

The de Gogue Training System
The aim and effect is "to raise the base of the neck, free the shoulders, produce greater engagement and flexion of the hock and encourage the muscled development of a rounded top-line"

Stabletalk Magazine July 2001 Go!
Author
: Sharon Shinwell

BHS- Root Out Ragwort Week
The BHS are launching another campaign to make people aware of this deadly weed.

Stabletalk Magazine July 2001 Go!
Author
: BHS Press Office

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