Three Ways to Gain Extra Oomph in Canter

Canter Pole Exercises

A variety of pole-work will help gain strength and agility whilst establishing rhythm.

Simple canter poles – place…

LRBHT: Equicenta’s Top Five Favourite Moments

Photo by kind permission of Nicola Todd Photography

Gemma Tattersall’s Cross-Country Round

With a heavy cold and a feisty Artic Soul, Gemma…

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LRBHT: A Cross-Country Preview

Photo by Lucy Hall Photography

A highlight in the eventing calendar, Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2017 is set to deliver another year of…

Cross-Country Kit: Extra Essentials

Boot tape – cross-country boots are extremely durable and unlikely to come undone. However, no harm in preparing for a plan B – essential with…

Three Shapes to Perfect Before Entering an Elementary Dressage Test

This article will take you through the main shapes required in dressage tests at elementary level – excluding movements such as leg yielding, rein…

How to Behave in Collecting Rings

For dressage, show-jumping and cross-country.

Warm up arenas can be chaotic at times – running into another horse whose rider is attempting some …

Dressage to Music – finding the right beat

Most of us watch Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro in awe of their talent and musicality – from the preciseness in rhythm, to the imaginative floor-plan …

Equicenta’s Favourite Cross-Country Schooling Venues

Check out the hottest equestrian venues for cross-country schooling this year:

Lyneham Heath…

A Quick Guide to Correctly Using your Grooming Kit Essentials

We have compiled a simple checklist style guide to help refresh the correct use of grooming essentials.  There is an extensive list of grooming kit…

Get Fit for Cross-Country in the Saddle

Preparing your own fitness routine for cross-country, is often last on a very long list of training, care and fitness activities planned for your…

Dani Evans: Taking the Step-Up to Novice for the First Time

Taking the step-up from BE100 to Novice level for the first time can be a daunting idea, yet many competitive BE100 riders rightly aspire to jump-up…

Combating Pre-Cross-Country Nerves

Five, four, three, two, one – Go, good luck!!  The final words before setting-off on course can’t help but excite those butterfly nerves.  It…

Equicenta’s Eight Top Tips for Knocking Off the Seconds Cross-Country

Photo courtesy of Lucy Hall – Photography

The key to a fast cross-country round does not necessarily involve going ‘fast’.  Tactical planning …

Retraining of Racehorses: what to expect as a first-timer

Retraining a former racehorse can be a challenging, slow process yet hugely rewarding and often resulting in a talented, trainable horse.  If…

Equestrian Events on Equicenta

Match-make your equestrian events with relevant riders

Are you an event organiser looking for a free, quick and easy way to upload your training…

Keeping your Horse Cool in Extreme Heat

Below are a few top-tips to help keep your horse healthy and comfortable during periods of intense heat.

Shade

In the Field: shelter and shade…

I Hit the Ground Running…Literally!!

After what can only be described as an epic Badminton, I fully hit the ground running.  Four days on the day job was also fitted in, although I must …

Understanding Rhythm

For riders working towards their Pony Club C Test, it is important to understand the meaning of rhythm whilst riding your horse.  Detailed below are …

A Quick Guide to Striding

The following distances depend on level of horse and rider, size of horse and height of fences – the striding will need to be adjusted accordingly…

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How to Shave the Seconds in a Jump-Off

A jump-off is often the most thrilling part of show-jumping.  An opportunity for riders to showcase their need for speed and tactical turns. …

Five Pilates Based Exercises to Improve Core Stability in the Saddle

Pilates is a great way to improve your core stability – it can also help with strength, straightness, balance and flexibility.  Pilates can help…

Riding a Circle

Riding a circle correctly can not only help improve a horse’s way of going but also help a rider assess faults or areas for improvement.  It is…

Hit the Ground Running

After a slow start to my season, I then hit the ground running with events back to back and a 4 star – plus a day job to fit in as well!!…

Equestrian Competitions in the Most Unlikely Settings

From cocktail beach parties to Sri Lankan hill clubs, the following equestrian venues are situated in surprising locations – all of them involving…

Five Minutes with Lucy Hall

What do you regard as your greatest photography achievement to date?

Photographing at Badminton Horse Trials was a dream come true in…

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials: Post Event Report

On his thirty-seventh attempt and with a life threatening neck injury behind him, he finally did it and what a special moment it was.  Andrew…

The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials: A Preview

As one of the top three-day-events in the world, and as part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials is a…

Recognising a Healthy Horse

With the Pony Club B test in mind, below are a few pointers to recognise if your horse is healthy. It is worth noting that all signs should be…

Gymnastic Jumping

Gymnastic jumping is the use of fences in a combination, often in the style of a grid.  It can be a great way to liven up your schooling sessions at …

Equicenta’s Top Eight BE 90 Suggestions for First-timers

With the eventing season now well under way, this years British Eventing fixtures list offers the return of old favourites as well as extra dates for …

The Eventing Season has Begun

My season begun at the prestigious Land Rover Gatcombe Horse Trials (Gatcombe) on the weekend of the 25th and 26th March.  The wind was icy and…

Equicenta’s Top Five Equestrian Social Occasions in 2017

The Grand National, Saturday 8 April 2017

This landmark event in the racing calander is sure to be an adrenaline filled experience – whether sat …

Seven Alternative Pole-work Exercises

Stuck for pole-work ideas?  Take a look at Equicenta’s alternative training exercises to spice up your daily schooling sessions.

Poles on a…

Equicenta’s Top Five Favourite Tips for Achieving the Perfect White Tail

Keeping a white tail clean is a huge challenge, especially with horses who love a roll in the mud.  Everyone has a theory on how to achieve the…

Cross-country Style Exercises to Practice at Home

With the eventing season now well under way, it’s time to sharpen up those cross-country reactions and you don’t need one hundred acres and a…

The Three Categories of Equine Dental Procedures – who is allowed to perform dental procedures on your horse?

Category One – Procedures that are not Acts of Veterinary Surgery 

Examination of teeth
Reduction of sharp enamel points using manual hand …

Top Five Breakfast Ideas to Fuel Your Competition Day

On the day of a competition, it’s easy to skip breakfast due to nerves, grab a bacon butty the minute you arrive or maybe simply forget it.  This…

Dressage Judges Comments – what exactly do they mean?

Do you find yourself consistently receiving similar comments from judges in your dressage tests?  Maybe it’s ‘uneven contact’, ‘frame too…

Whole Spine Stretch and Extension

AIM

To stimulate and stretch the dorsal top-line through the neck, back and quarters
To encourage the horse to recruit the thoracic sling and …

Lumbo-Sacral Tilt

AIM

To improve suppleness and flexibility of the back and pelvis
To flex the thoraco-lumbar spine
Flexion of the lumbo-sacral junction

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Geriatric Problems in the Horse

Failure to Maintain Weight

An issue especially during the winter season – can be due to a variety of problems but most commonly:

Poor…

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Wounds – Basic Rules and Facts

Generally speaking, the more painful a wound is, or if other signs are associated with it, e.g lameness, the more likely you are to need…

Liverpool International Horse Show

My New Year was spent in Liverpool at the Liverpool International Horse Show.  Two shows a day across the three days along with top international…

Lucy Hall’s 2016 Season Highlights

Things happen in threes right?

Season Highlight No. 1

The Festival of British Eventing was definitely the highlight of the season for me. …

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Phil Richards: Mud Fever Facts

Mud Fever was generally recognised as a specific bacterial skin condition of the lower limbs caused by Dermatophilus Congolensis.  However, we now…

Diana Lavelle’s Stretching Exercises

Horses stretch naturally and in normal circumstances do not overstretch themselves.  The stretching of muscles, together with muscle strengthening…

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Lucy Hall’s Top 5 Photography Tips for International Horse Trials and Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Insight

ORGANISATION – Be organised and have everything you need close to hand.  Checklist includes: charged batteries; clean kit; compact flash cards plus…

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BD Combined Training Makes a Comeback

With the start of the eventing season just around the corner, what’s the perfect preparation for the ready-to-go event horses?  For some, the idea …