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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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The Riding Company are now giving a helping hand to The Brooke, the charity who ensure the welfare of sick horses across the globe.
The Brooke is the UK’s leading overseas equine welfare charity, whose aim is to improve the lives of horses, donkeys and mules working in the poorest parts of the world. These animals form the backbone of the economy in many developing countries, supporting countless poor communities where many people earn less than a dollar a day.
The Brooke’s mobile vet teams and community animal health workers, and their partner organisations worldwide, provide free treatment to animals and train animal owners, local healers, farriers, saddlers, feed sellers, harness and cart makers. They currently operate across nine countries in Asia, Africa, Central America and the Middle East.
Kat Tiefenthal, owner of The Riding Company said: ‘This is a really worthwhile cause, so we have decided to help The Brooke with a one-off donation, a £2 donation on behalf of every booking made, as well as helping to publicise their efforts on our website and blog.’
You can keep up to date with snippets of news and our involvement with The Brooke here on our blog.
For more information including ways in which you can help see: http://www.thebrooke.org

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Special Autumn offer at the Post – free luxury spa treatment for horse-lovers!

Lying in a bed of hay is all the rage in the Tyrolean Alps of Italy, where they swear by its curative and energy-giving properties.
But it’s not any old hay, it’s full of the herbs and flowers which are unique to the surrounding high alpine meadows. What’s good enough for your horse must be good enough for you!
Enjoy a free hay bath spa treatment for all riders booking at least a four night break at the 4* Post Tolderhof in Italy, if you book with The Riding Company.
The hotel, famous for its ride and spa packages, lies in the heart of a popular mountain village, with an alpine backdrop that is glorious to see during the Autumn months.
The offer is only available up to 19th October, 2008, so get booking!
For four nights on ¾ board with five hours of riding and transfer (Innsbruck), it’s £420 per person or £340 without transfer. Or why not stay for seven nights with 10 hours of riding with transfer for £632 or £525 without?

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This Autumn the equestrian look has been seen everywhere from the catwalk to high street retailer, Hobbs.
Hobbs have a particular scrummy satin crepe double-breasted riding jacket for £219 and straight-cut gabardine jodhpurs for £139.
But if you don’t feel like you can get away with wearing jodhpurs, team the jacket up with narrow black trousers instead.

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Thieves stole a suitcase holding £250,000 of jewellery at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Jeweller Rosemary Hetherington was shocked to find that her suitcase containing 2,140 pieces of gold, white gold and platinum equestrian jewellery was taken from her stand at the Great Yorkshire Show last month.
She said it had taken nearly 20 years to build up that level of stock.

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If you’re worried about the impact your trips abroad might be having, The Riding Company are doing their little bit to combat global warming.
You can calculate the CO2 emission of your journey to one of our holidays at Climate Care and compensate for your ‘environmental footprint’. If you let us know how much it is we will be happy to pay this on your behalf.
The Riding Company works mainly with small family-run businesses in rural areas who are dedicated to preserving their environment and their traditional way of life. Austria has one of the highest levels of household recycling and organic farming in Europe. It also has some of the cleanest lakes, is 47% forested and produces nearly 70% of its energy from renewable sources such as water.
In the office, we use paper from sustainably managed forests and recycled material where possible.
We encourage you to travel onwards from your arrival airport by rail when possible, and will book seats on your behalf.

For more information visit The Riding Company’s website; http://www.theridingcompany.com/ or drop us an email; info@theridingcompany.co.uk

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Escape the treacherous British summer weather, with a holiday that has guaranteed t-shirt weather all year round!

 

Try your hand at surfing or riding at one of The Riding Company’s fabulous holidays in Andalucia, Southern Spain. Trek through pine forests, discover some of the unspoiled parts of Andalucia and learn Spanish style riding. If you’re not a rider though; the hotel has its own wave school, surf school and there’s also wind-surfing and kite-surfing to try as well.

Most days end with a magical sunset beach ride, or you can watch the sun setting with a cocktail from the romantic beach bar.

For more information visit The Riding Company website: http://www.theridingcompany.com/

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