Giv­ing your horse a win­ter break

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With the evenings draw­ing in and the weather turn­ing cooler, do you take the op­por­tu­nity to give your horse a break, or is it busi­ness as usual, de­spite the sea­son? We asked you, our loyal Face­book fol­low­ers, and here’s what you had to say… HOL­I­DAY Mine have a small hol­i­day over Christ­mas to re­cover from the grass polo sea­son, but on ei­ther side of this break we con­tinue with arena polo, which is a lit­tle less stren­u­ous, but keeps them tick­ing over. Ginny Lud­fordJones WORK No, I will still be rid­ing my boy. I man­aged to re­duce my hours at work so that I have time to ride be­fore it gets dark. Mar­i­lyn Roberts WORK No hol­i­day here.... we’re still build­ing the miles for the #Hack­1000miles chal­lenge, so will be out two to three times a week, come rain or shine. My girl loves the rou­tine and I love spend­ing time with her. Liz Watkin HOL­I­DAY Yes, I al­ways turn mine away for a cou­ple of months over the win­ter. They work hard through the event­ing sea­son and de­serve a nice hol­i­day just chill­ing in the field to­gether. I find they come out rar­ing to go at the start of the new sea­son. Jane Byrne HOL­I­DAY I’ve given up mak­ing plans, pre­fer­ring to keep op­tions open in­stead th­ese days. It means there’s less pres­sure when the uni­verse steps in with dif­fer­ent ideas. I’m cur­rently not get­ting much time in the sad­dle due to carer du­ties and work dead­lines. Chris Ky­nas­ton WORK We’re on liv­ery and have re­stricted turnout from De­cem­ber, so they don’t have a break. They are fit­ter over the win­ter as they’re rid­den in the school and our win­ter hack­ing route has more hills. They also go on the walker, which helps when turnout is re­stricted. Jus­tine Emma WORK The only hol­i­day my boy gets is due to snow or rain, un­less we have ac­cess to the in­door school. As a rule, I do like to give him two days off each week though. Ta­nia Scutt WORK My horse has sum­mer al­ler­gies and strug­gles in spring/sum­mer with his breath­ing dur­ing work, so win­ter is our time to get out and about. Anna Hales

HOL­I­DAY

Af­ter a busy com­pe­ti­tion sea­son, I look for­ward to re­mov­ing my girl’s shoes and al­low­ing her to just be a horse for an ex­tended pe­riod. I find she comes back with more vigour and in­ter­est in her job come the New Year. Karo­line Gray HOL­I­DAY Due to fam­ily and work com­mit­ments in the run-up to and over the Christ­mas pe­riod, I turn my geld­ing away for some rest and re­cu­per­a­tion. It takes off some of the pres­sure of be­ing a mum at Christ­mas time, al­though I will try to sneak in a

Boxing Day hack. Ally McKay

WWW.YOURHORSE.CO.UK Does your horse get to kick up his heels with a hol­i­day this win­ter?

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