In this issue, we take a look at the craftsmanship that goes into some of the items western riders regularly use, including making leather chaps and western hats. Making saddles is a fascinating topic, we have part 1 of the saddle making process in this issue.
In our training articles Al Dunning is working on lead departures, so if you would like your lead departures to be smooth and fluid take a look at Al's advice. Joe Midgley will help you to finesse lead changes, give these exercises a try and see if you can improve your lead changes. Cutting corners? Julie Goodnight can help keep you on the rail with her problem-solving tips.
Horse health: Vet Nikki answers your questions on heel cracks, heel mites and sweet itch on page 10. On page 32 Equine Wellness Consultant Wendy Price explores healing options for Sarcoids.
Now the season is well underway we have lots of updates from the various UK western riding and breed associations, we have two youth teams to support this year. Six youth riders (aged 14 to 20) have qualified for the FEI European Reining Championship; this will the first time that Britain has fielded a full Junior and Young Rider team. At the end of June, the AQHA UK Youth team will head out to Texas to participate in the Youth World Cup. Both teams have worked incredibly hard; we wish the very best of luck.