Western Horse UK - January/February 2017
Happy New Year! 2017 is now upon us! Christmas and New
Year are well and truly over and we are left with the winter
gloom. However, many of you will be making plans for the
year ahead and no time is better. One thing you may be
planning is to breed a foal. If you are, then you’re in luck as this is
issue is a Breeding Special. We feature many of the top UK stallions
and breeders for you to consider. We also have some articles to
help you, especially those first timers.
There are many things to think about before you breed, and we
touch on some of them in “Before you Breed.” Fiona Watkins,
BSc (Hons), Pro Dip, an independent nutritionist, gives us some
advice for correct nutrition for breeding mares and youngstock.
The Equine Reproduction Laboratory at Colorado State University
has provided some educational articles about prediction of foaling
and the three stages of labour. Our regular, Al Dunning, has also
written about his thoughts on breeding champions.
In addition to our Breeding Special, we also have some great
training articles. What do you do when your horse doesn’t want
to move out at the trot and canter? Julie Goodnight helps us
with horses that are resistant to canter. Another regular, Richard
Winters, talks us through a groundwork exercise to work on
“sending” our horses with direction and drive.
A new year is always a great time to try something new. In the start
of a new series, we give some advice to those who want to have a
go at showing. We understand that not everyone is interested in
competing, however, we don’t want people to feel intimidated or
put off at getting out there. You may not think it’s for you, but you
never know until you have a go. There is more to showing than
The year ahead looks set to be a great one. There are some fantastic
clinicians coming to the UK, so please try to make the most of
them. If you can’t participate on horseback, attending as a spectator
can be just as beneficial. We hope to see many of you there! See our
events page for more information about what is in store. We hope
you all have a fantastic year, filled with equine adventures. We
hope we can share it with you.