Hack and pony club attracts young and old
PROSERPINE HACK AND PONY CLUB
PROSERPINE Hack And Pony Club welcomed 2014 with a mountain of new and old riders.
The club welcomed new members, the Cook’s from the Burdekin, the King family, the Linneweber family, and Kate Hunter and Jody Staib and family, who have also just welcomed a bouncing baby boy into their family.
Due to the much loved rain, the day was run on foot, with a range of lectures.
Wendy Davidson, an equine massage therapist addressed the club.
She displayed a range of informational diagrams on the horse’s points, muscles and nerves and informed the members how important it was to look after their horse’s fitness and wellbeing.
Cathy Parkinson presented a lecture on the correct and incorrect saddlery to be used in pony club.
Saddle fit doesn't mean just checking whether the horse gets saddle sores or not. Experts agree an ill-fitting saddle can cause problems for a horse's back in muscles, ligaments and tissue and can have subtle effects on how the animal moves. Different bits and bridles were used as demonstrations throughout the talk.
Hella Harris discussed how a well groomed mount should be done as part of your routine horse care.
It has benefits for you and your horse, as it helps to keep you fit and it is good for your horse’s skin.
Basic grooming involves brushing the whole of the body in the direction of the hair growth to remove mud and dust, picking out the feet and tidying the mane and tail with a brush.
As well as making sure that your horse does not have any dirt/grit on them that would cause a rub from tack while being worked, it gives you the chance to look over your horse for any injuries or indeed anything unusual such as lumps, or bumps.
President Sue Greenhalgh was excited to announce the up and coming dates and events to be run by Proserpine Hack and Pony Club, with their North Queensland Equestrian Show on the June 29, the formal gymkhana on August 31 and the official dressage and combined training on October 12.
The club will also be hosting a range of riding clinics with instructors.
The first clinic for the year will be with Geoff Lyall, who specializes in dressage, showing and in hand, on April 11-14.
This will be open to regional riders throughout the district.
Proserpine’s next rally will be commencing at 10.30am on March 2 with Bear Evans on horsemanship, followed by one on March 16.
FINE FORM: Proserpine Hack and Pony Club member Amber Greenhalgh on her horse Loui participated in the club's sign-on event on the weeknd.