Horse experience for a novice rider

When searching for a competition horse, common mistakes lay in the misconception that a potential horse will fit the bill. If you have not yet had competition mileage / experience it is best to buy a horse that knows it’s job. Take an experienced professional /trainer with you who understands your requirements and is able […]


Livery yards and facilities

As the rain comes down and winter is finally here, early dark nights, and long wet days the livery yards in the UK struggle on. Horse Scout recommends when you endeavour to select a yard with good facilities. Horse walkers are super for assisting fitness, maintaining movement , and supporting rehabilitation. An indoor school can […]


Rider training and position

The annual BHS conference took place today at Catherston Stud. With leading showjumping trainer Corinne Bracken demonstrating the importance of having the ball of your foot in the stirrup. If your toe is on the stirrup this pushes the toes up which blocks the pelvis. With the toe in neutral our pelvis stays relaxed and we […]


Selling your horse or pony with Horse Scout, preparation for potential buyers

It’s important that once you’ve made the decision to sell your horse, you advertise in a manner to help potential buyers understand their suitability. At Horse Scout sales questionnaires draw the correct information to help you reach your target audience. Our top tips Insist those trying always wear a hat, and ideally a body protector […]


Choosing the right horse for you, buying a horse for the first time

Horse Scout’s top tips: Horse Scout strongly advises that you stick to your itinerary: the choices you make should be guided by the person helping, managing, training you — and not influenced by the seller. Age: This is a common conundrum… the novice rider needs an animal to have been backed and in regular work […]


Finding a good stallion

When choosing a stallion to breed from there are many considerations, from confirmation, character, to performance and grading. The stallions competition results also play a large part in today’s climate, with an abundance of progeny from all disciplines helping to support how well the stud can stamp his stock. Locating quality stallions  can be hard […]


Rider balance when training the horse

There is an increasing awareness that horse and rider should not be asymmetric. The ever expanding research in balance, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal impact upon the horse and rider combination is vast. Training horses to move freely without the riders influencing movement & freedom is a hard task. Professional trainers and coaches http://www.horsescout.co.uk/professionalswill be able to […]


HISTORY IS MADE AT BURGHLEY

HISTORY IS MADE AT BURGHLEY AS ANDREW NICHOLSON CLAIMS HAT-TRICK OF LAND ROVER BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS Avebury is the first horse in the history of the competition to win three times in succession http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/equestrianism/11080592/Andrew-Nicholson-makes-history-with-success-at-Burghley-Horse-Trials.html Andrew Nicholson riding Avebury made history and produced a thrilling and faultless ride to win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials […]


SAM GRIFFITHS SETS THE STANDARD ON THURSDAY MORNING

Australia’s Sam Griffiths leads the field at lunchtime on the first day of dressage at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. burghley-horse.co.uk Sam posted a score of 40.2 with Steve and Dinah Posford, Juliet Donald and his own Happy Times, a seasoned campaigner at this level. “I knew he could go in and do a […]


Double Gold for Germany

It’s double Gold for Germany  It was hard fought until the end but the German eventers walked away with a clutch of medals at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.  http://www.horseandcountry.tv/news/2014/08/31/german-precision-ensures-double-gold-weg Germany’s Sandra Auffarth was crowned double medallist taking both the individual and team gold after a nail-biting finale to four days of intense competition […]