Ever thought about becoming a TPR? (temperature pulse and respiration steward)

Sticking a thermometer into the horse's anus, placing a stethoscope under his 'arm pit' and listening, and counting the horse's breath? You've gotta be kidding.

Quick tips for riders by Steven Roberts BVSc.

Horse hazards


Fact – to maintain the same speed going up a hill that has only a 20 degree incline (which is not very steep) requires SIX times as much oxygen as on the flat. This is a direct indication of the increased energy required, so remember this for your 'mental fuel tank' as to how much juice your horse has left to complete the event.

by Lyn Taylor

Head injuries

I'm writing this in the hope that this might help some riders understand how dangerous even a small head injury may be and what we all need to know to manage these.

I hope that we all know that if you come across anyone who is unconscious that the first aid treatment is to stabilise their head and neck prior to rolling them into the recovery position.

by Dr Steven Roberts BVSc

Not so long ago, this topic would not even have been thought about; now we are seriously considering it. Crazy? Shoeless and clueless? Some think so, but then maybe they don't know that in the US long-time competitive endurance riders have switched to the barefoot approach and are still winning 160km and multi-day 80km a day rides on barefoot horses!

Conditioning the feet

by Dr Steven Roberts BVSc

In the previous article in Volume 1, we explored the reasons why you would choose to train and compete your endurance horse without traditional metal shoes nailed to its feet.

Big Three Award has to be one of the most exclusive clubs in the Equestrian world, simply due to its rarity.

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