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1. Bitting Advice - Mouth Conformation
2. The work of a horse riding instructor
3. Equestrian sports: Dressage
4. Lameness in a horse and types of treatment
5. List of riding schools in Essex
6. Horse passport regulations (DEFRA)
7. Equestrian book and Video/DVD shop

1. Bitting Advice - Mouth Conformation

(References: Neue Schule web site)

Mouth conformation is assessed when the horse is relaxed and with his mouth shut. Gently part the lips at the side and observe if the tongue is bulging through the teeth. If it is this indicates that the tongue is large and in my experience a large tongue is the most common form of mouth discomfort if it is not accommodated with the correct design of mouthpiece. The outer edges of the tongue are far more sensitive than the centre and obviously these parts of the tongue are going to experience increased pressure - especially with the single jointed bit. Read more >>>

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2. The work of a horse riding instructor

A Riding Instructor teaches children and adults of all abilities to ride either teaching pupils individually or as a group.
If working within a riding school duties may also include grooming, mucking out, turning out and bringing in, tacking up and untacking, tack cleaning, etc.
Full time Riding Instructors usually work long hours and are often required to work weekends or into the evening.

A Riding Instructor needs to:

  • enjoy working with people and to be able to communicate well with all ages
  • be patient and be able to work with riders of all abilities
  • have human first aid training
  • be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions, although some riding schools have indoor schools
  • have good horse riding skills

Pay and Prospects of a Horse Riding Instructor. Read more >>>

3. Equestrian sports: Dressage

During a Dressage competition the horse is scored on its impulsion, regularity of paces and freedom of movement, responsiveness and willingness, balance and correct performance of the movements, whilst the rider is scored on their position and correctness and effectiveness of aids. Read more >>>

4. Lameness in a horse and types of treatment

A guide on how to determine the site of the lameness in a horse and what treatment is best for that type of problem. Read more >>>

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