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Welcome to our blog page, HOOFBEATS, where we talk about the countryside with a main emphasis on training and caring for horses and ponies. If you would like to contribute ideas and information about your own experiences, we would be delighted to hear them. Please email to editor@horseandponyinfo.com or post to our Facebook Page, Horse and Pony Info. If you're into Twitter, you can contact us @horse_ponyinfo.

The opinions expressed here are from personal experience and we strongly advise you to contact your vet or your riding instructor if you are seriously worried about your horse.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

'Nearly There' book and CD competition prize

Advertisements/BishopBudleyheaddrawing.jpgWe're delighted to announce that we have a competition for October. Over the next three weeks, we will be giving away three copies of the children's book and CD 'Nearly There'. The prizes have been very kindly donated and signed by the authors, Johanna Connor and Gabrielle Byrne.

'Nearly There' is a beautifully illustrated children's book, CD and iPad app which follows the journey of two horses and the collection of creatures they meet along the way to Nearly There. It is now available to buy on Amazon also.

The book & CD would make a great gift for a child's birthday or for Christmas so why not have a go at our competition? All you have to do is answer a simple question. If you don't win the first time round, you still have two more chances. Enter today here!

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Horse bits and pieces
All of us have been run away with at some time or another. It's not a nice feeling - in fact, it can often be a terrifying one and may often put children off riding forever. The right answer is always correct schooling under a capable instuctor but this takes times. Also a horse which behaves like an angel in an enclosed arena can often turn into a maniac when he gets out into the fields, especially if he's jumping a cross country course or going hunting.

There are many worried mothers out there whose children are clinging on for dear life to enthusiastic little ponies. Young children don't have the strength to take a strong pull on a tearaway pony and safety must always come first.

With this in mind, as well as the countless questions we get about bits on our Facebook page, we asked Lorraine Jennings (who writes 'School Your Horse') for an article about controlling horses and ponies. You will find her suggestions here.
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