Jayne Pedigo Wilson

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Is Your Horse Cow Hocked? Toed In? What Does It Mean?

An illustrated guide to some common equine conformation faults.

Buying Your First Horse

Choosing the right horse is an important start to horse ownership. As often happens, once you've been taking riding lessons for a while, you may decide that you want a horse of your own. Owning your own horse can be very satisfying, if not hard work.

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Taking Riding Lessons

From what to wear, to finding a reputable instructor, there's a lot to think about when you want to learn about horseback riding.

Choke in Horses

Learn more about choke in horses, what causes it, the first aid response for treatment, and how to prevent future episodes.

Storing Feed Safely

Use these tips to store your horse's feed safely, keeping it fresh, vermin free and out of reach of greedy horses.

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Surviving the Summer with Your Horse

Jayne Wilson discusses several points we need to consider when riding in the heat and humidity of summer. Being aware of the dangers that summer heat presents is crucial to your horse's health and well-being.

The Royal Messenger. Photo by Jayne Pedigo

The Royal Mews -- The Royal Messenger

Twice each day, the Royal Messenger leaves the Mews to deliver dispatches from Buckingham Palace to St. James Palace. Even though Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace are in constant communication via email and fax, the traditional of the royal messenger goes on.

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Improve Your Riding

Working alone with our horses, it?s easy to feel as if we are in a vacuum and not making any progress. What we need is a plan for improvement. So with apologies to David Letterman, here are ?6 Top Ways to Improve Your Riding.?

Assess, Help Your Horse's Health While Grooming

Every time you groom your horse you have the perfect opportunity to assess his health, check him over for injuries and to use your grooming techniques to help ensure that he stays healthy and catch any problems while they are still minor.

Barn. Courtesy Kentucky Horse Park

How to Select a Boarding Stable

Selecting a boarding stable for your horse takes research to ensure you choose a facility that will provide the services you and your horse need. Here is a simple "how to" on finding the perfect place.

Royal Carriage. Photo Jayne Pedigo

The Royal Mews - The Royal Carriages

The Royal Mews is home to the many carriages that are used in the ceremonial and everyday life of the Royal Household.

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Spring Grooming Ideas

Spring is here. The days are getting longer, and the shows are just around the corner, but your horse's coat is thick, shaggy and starting to come loose. How are you going to transform this hairy beast into a sleek and shiny animal you can be proud of?

Royal Mews Barn. Photo Jayne Pedigo

The Royal Mews - The Stables

For horse-loving visitors to the Royal Mews like myself, the highlight of the trip is a visit to the stables.

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Riding Bareback -- The Walk

I've never been particularly comfortable riding bareback, but events combined in recent weeks to encourage me to try riding my horse bareback for the first time in about eight years.

Activities in English and Western Riding

Western and English riders have a variety of mounted activities from which to choose.

First Aid Kit

Essential First Aid Kit

Having a well thought-out First Aid Kit will ensure that you have essential items close at hand, without your having to dig around to find what you need.

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The Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna has been dedicated to the equestrian arts since 1572.

Annapolis demonstrates a well-fitting halter. Photo by Jayne Pedigo

How to Halter a Horse

Here is a step-by-step guide to putting a halter on a horse.

Buying a horse. Courtesy Kentucky Horse Park

Buying Your First Horse

Choosing the right horse is an important start to horse ownership. Whether you just want a horse to trail ride on, or if you have your sights set on competition, owning your own horse can be very satisfying, if not hard work.

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Saddle Facts

Whether you ride English or Western, the saddle is designed for comfort and security. However, Western and English saddles, while both offering these same functions, look very different from one another.

Canter On

Riding Bareback--The Canter

Riding bareback - The canter can be even easier than the trot when riding bareback. This is the final story in a three-part discussion of bareback riding.

Horse Keeping

Having a new horse is a big responsibility. You need to make arrangements for his boarding and care and be knowledgeable about all aspects of horse keeping.

Horse grooming. Courtesy of Practical Horseman

How to Groom a Horse

Here is a simple step by step guide to grooming a horse as well as useful tips to help you take care of your horse..

How to Clean a Horse's Hooves

This simple guide to cleaning a horse's hooves will help you monitor the health of your horse's feet, check the shoes and remove any objects that may have become lodged in there.

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Fit to Ride

Being fit to ride will help prevent fatigue and injury. It's true that riding is just more than sitting on a horse. Riders are athletes in every sense of the word and riders must be fit to ride, which means having the suppleness and strength to maintain their position and posture no matter what the horse is doing underneath them without straining muscles.

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How To Tie a Quick Release Knot

Whenever a horse is tethered, it is important to use a quick release knot so that if the horse pulls back, or gets caught up, the knot can be quickly undone.

Horse Rescue. Courtesy Days End Farm Horse Rescue

Support Your Local Equine Rescue

Winter time can be especially difficult. Hay and feed are often hard to come by, and more expensive just when the horses need them most. So what can you do to help? Most equine rescue centers have "wishlists" posted on their Web sites, which outline their specific needs.

Exmoor. Courtesy Rare Breed Survival Trust

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Learn more about the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving the rare native horses and ponies of Britain.

Bits

The Bit Gallery--What are Bits Made Of?

Many bits are available with mouthpieces made from a variety of different materials, from steel to synthetic materials.

Treatments for the Main Equine Internal Parasites

Here is a look at the main equine internal parasites, their symptoms and treatment

Horseless Horse Fun

Here are some ways that you can enjoy horses without the expense of actually owning one. The author gives several ways of having "horse fun" during your early horse-less years.

Building Strength and Suppleness

There are a wide variety of exercises you can do to build your strength and suppleness.

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Riding Bareback--Walk-Trot

Riding Bareback - once you've got your position at a standstill, the next challenge to riding bareback is to start moving.

Royal State Coach. Photo Jayne Pedigo

The Royal Mews - The Gold State Coach

The most spectacular coach at the Royal Mews is the Gold State Coach, built in 1762.

Royal Horse Guard. Photo Jayne Pedigo

The Royal Mews

In honor of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, read Jayne Pedigo Wilson's six-part story on the Royal Mews, home to the Queen's horses and carriages.

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English Versus Western Riding - What's the Difference?

Many people thinking about learning to ride ask about the differences between English and Western riding.

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Keeping Your Horse's Health Records

Keeping accurate records of your horse's health needn't be a burdonsome chore, and the information it will provide may be the vital key to quickly spotting a potential horse health problem.

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Considerations for Older Riders

When the horse bug has bitten, it doesn't matter how old you are. Here are some considerations for the older rider, to help you enjoy riding and safe from injury.

Annapolis, apparently none the worse for his experiences. | © Jayne Wilson

Choke in Horses: Causes, Treatments and Prevention

Learn more about choke in horses, what causes it, the first aid response for treatment, and how to prevent future episodes.

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Feeding Older and Younger Horses

Feeding Older and Younger Horses - differences in their nutritional needs.

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Equine Emergency! Obvious or Suspected Fracture

What to do till the vet comes if your horse has an obvious or suspected fracture.

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Equine Emergency! Injury with Profuse Bleeding

What to do until the vet comes if your horse sustains an injury with profuse bleeding.

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Equine Emergency! When to Call the Vet

Equine emergency--a listing of conditions and illnesses which may be life threatening and will require immediate veterinary care.

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Activities in English and Western Riding

Western and english riders have a variety of mounted activities from which to choose.

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English Versus Western Riding - Which is Easier?

Is western riding easier than english riding?

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English Versus Western Riding - What's the Difference?

Many people thinking about learning to ride ask about the differences between English and Western riding.

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Hoof Puncture

Hoof Puncture - a personal experience with a nail puncture wound to the hoof.

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Build Your Own Cross Country Fences

The everyday rider can build fun and exciting cross country fences at home using natural and natural-looking materials.