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Keep flies away from your horses eyes, by applying some lard near to the eye area.

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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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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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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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