Hack and pony club at­tracts young and old

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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.

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