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Friday, 20 September 2019

Instagram Competition: Winter Warmers Giveaway!

In the middle of September I reached a key milestone on our Instagram, seeing a fantastic 4,000 people following us! Having set a target of 1,500 at the start of the year, to sit here thinking I've managed to surpass that by more than double is very rewarding when I consider the hard work and efforts that I've put into my account this year...

To celebrate every single one of my amazing followers, I've teamed up with the fabulous Boudica Equestrian to create the perfect winter warmer giveaway package worth over £70! The prize includes a Mountain Horse tove hat, a Mountain Horse tove neck tube and a pair of the super cosy Davos boots, all in a colour of your choice!

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

OPINION: British Dressage Equine Influenza Rule

Isn't it great that we participate in a sport that is constantly assessing its rules, guideline and safety measures? I think so... However, I was recently surprised to see the high number of upset members of British Dressage over the introduction of six monthly boosters against Equine Influenza on the Facebook group (By the way, if you're into dressage in anyway, make sure you've joined the British Dressage group on Facebook - it's a really good discussion and support group)

At the start of 2019, there was an exceptionally high number of outbreaks of Equine Influenza, so much so that it made the national press. I had people in my office asking me about it who usually couldn't tell the head from a tail of a horse... It was fairly big news. It broke just before Louie and I were due to go to the Winter Regionals, where we were stabling overnight, surrounding by 100 or so other horses, and in contact with a lot of other people.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Named in Top 3 UK Dressage Blogs!

Team Tunnah Equestrian Top 3 UK Dressage blogs

I'm super proud to announce that Team Tunnah Eventing has been listed at number 3 in Feedspot's Top UK dressage blogs! What a fantastic email to wake up to, having known nothing about the listing, and to see that we are surrounded by amazing equestrian blogging company!

Being featured so highly in a list such as this means a lot to me, as I put a lot of passion into my posts around our training, competitions and general posts about dressage, as well as the efforts that it takes to push my content out into social media. It's very rewarding to be featured and to see that only Horse & Hound and British Dressage were above us makes it even more special...

Team Tunnah Equestrian - Top 3 Dressage Blogger

While we were number 3 in the UK list, we've also been previously added to the top dressage blogs worldwide and feature at number 25! If you really love dressage, then this list has literally the best of the best blogs & websites from around the globe that feature content all about dressage riding, training, industry news and events, so it's well worth heading over to check it out!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

The Six Scales of Dressage Training

Photo credit: Paul Dobson Photography
Do you love dressage? Are you often working hard to improve your dressage peformance? Are you simply new to dressage and looking for a way to understand what it's all about?

Well, the first thing to ask is do you know what the six scales of dressage riding & training are?

I recently took a deep dive into the six scales in an effort to improve our training at home in between sessions with our coach. upon reading several sources and definitions, I realised that the principles to the six scales of training weren't as complex as I anticipated. The more I read, the more sense they made and started to become really natural in my way of thinking towards our own dressage training.

Over the last 8 weeks, I've taken the time to put the six scales of dressage training into my own words, sharing my own understanding of them and have tried to put it in simple words for others to learn about them.

Discover all six scales of dressage riding & training

9 Equestrian Blogs of 2019

Now we're heading into autumn, there's nothing I love more than heading home on a weekend after a busy morning at the yard to get my horsey fix online! Wrapped up in a wool throw, curled up on the sofa, with a pair of fluffy slippers & a hot cup of coffee, I find it a great way to catch up from everything in the horse world from the last week.

In recent years, I used to head to the big horse news publications such as Horse & Hound or Eventing Nation, however with the recent rise of the equestrian blogger in the last couple of years, I'm finding myself spending more & more of this time hearing the latest from a handful of my favourite bloggers! 

So, today I'm going to share 9 of our favourite bloggers from across the globe for you to check out, start following and enjoy their content too! Find your cosy spot, grab that cuppa, sit back and enjoy our top 9 equestrian bloggers of 2019.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The Six Scales of Dressage Training – Part 6: Collection

Photo credit: Paul Dobson Photography

The final post in our scales of dressage training series covering collection. It’s safe to say that you need to have mastered the previous five scales of training before you can achieve true collection – it is the only one of the scales that is wholly progressive from all the ones prior to it.

In dressage, we want the horse to be the best ride he can be – manoeuvrable, powerful and easy to control. He needs to be able to put his weight onto his engine (the hind legs) in order to balance and effective carry the weight of the ride through the series of movements that we request of him. Very early training will see the horse carry most of the weight through his forehand which will makes it difficult to execute the dressage movements and exercises we will expect of him later. Working through the five scales of training will enable you and your horses to work towards collection.
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