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So, you’d like to form a riding club but not sure how?
Here are some simple top tips on how to form your own riding club.

1. Work out what you think the riding club’s demographic group will be, so you know where and how to find them.

2. Choose a place you can all meet up. Many riding clubs meet somewhere small, like a coffee shop to start with. As the riding group grows, you can always find somewhere bigger to meet.

3. Start networking to find people to come along to the first meeting. You could try advertising, putting leaflets where potential members might be or just using word of mouth.

4. When you hold your first meeting, explain what the club is about and ask attendees what they would like to achieve from the club. Take lots of notes, and with a bit of luck the best suggestions will form your new riding club.

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This pair of stone jodphur trousers are currently on sale at Dorothy Perkins (a mere £5 from http://www.dorothyperkins.com/ for those of you who fancy nabbing a pair).
But jodphurs from Dorothy Perkins, I hear you cry?!! Yes that’s right, in case you hadn’t spotted some of the more… shall we say, ‘obscure’ trends this year, I think the jodphur would certainly be classed as one of them.
Highlighted by many fashion editor across the land, as a key fashion statement that us consumers ought to add to our ever-increasing list of items to buy, methinks fashion may have gone too far this time.
Still, the fact that they’ve been reduced to £5 from £30 makes me think that perhaps I wasn’t the only one to think so.

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The Riding Company has put together a list of must-haves for a first aid kit for your horse:

  • Hoof pick
  • Ice packs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Epsom salt
  • Thermometer
  • Antiseptic gel
  • Stable bandages
  • Clean towels

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Louise Bowling, a receptionist from Blackpool, won the holiday of a lifetime, after The Riding Company teamed up with Mountain Horse to offer a free holiday.
She was picked from thousands of entries and was sent a heap of horse goodies and a free ticket to the Dienstl Estate in Austria.
She said: ‘The hotel and Austria were just breathtaking. I had THE most amazing time and I didn’t want to leave. The Dienstl Estate was beautiful and Brigit and her team were very lovely and treated me like a superstar. The food was also brilliant.’I have never been to Austria and would really really like to go back next year, the people are so friendly! I played polo all holiday and it was addictive and great fun, my polo horse was called Flecha and she was such a good girl. We hacked out twice and I loved the countryside it was surreal. I would highly recommend Austria and The Dienstl Estate to anyone’It was the best holiday experience of my life.’
If you’d like to visit one of The Riding Company’s holidays, visit http://www.theridingcompany.com/

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It’s easy to see why riding amongst the stunning winter landscape, is one of the most popular times of year to take a break.
The Riding Company specialise in winter riding and skiing, which is fabulous if you and your partner have very different ideas about what makes a good holiday!
To find out more about our selection of exclusive holidays in beautiful places visit http://www.theridingcompany.com/ and click on Winter Riding & Skiing.

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If you’re planning a break away and want to take your horse with you, The Riding Company have some top tips on how to travel with a horse.

1. Make sure you have the current health papers for your horse. Most horse hotels will expect you to have these, as well as proof of a negative Coggins test within the last 30 days. This test checks for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) antibodies in your horse’s blood.

2. Ensure the horse trailer is working properly; for example look carefully at the brakes, exterior lights and tyre pressure.

3. Plan your trip before you go, especially looking at where you may stop along the way. Horses need about a 30 minute break every two or three hours. They can be left in the trailer during this time, so long as there is some time for them to stand still.

4. Take with you all the supplies you might need; such as a horse restraint, first-aid kit, water for your horse to drink and hay.

5. Add some wheat bran or beet pulp into your horse’s feed to prevent colic while travelling. You’ll need to start mixing this a week before you travel and increase the amount to about a 50-50 mixture by the time you leave. Carry on feeding the mixture to your horse while you’re away, before starting to decrease this for a week when you get home.

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If you’ve ever wondered whether you are feeding your horse correctly, why not have a look at some of The Riding Company’s top tips of the day?
  1. Feed by weight rather than container, it’ll help you not or over or under feed your horse.
  2. Don’t forget that horses need a little salt adding to their diets.
  3. If you’re ever unsure about your horse’s diet, you can always discuss your horse’s feeding habits with your vet.
  4. Make sure the forage you give your horse is leafy and green, and the hay should smell sweet, rather than sour.

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