Riding instructor, KNHS (Royal Duth Equestrian Federation) official for showjumping up to 1.40m classes, horse breeder (showjumpers KWPN and Zangersheide)
How do you keep a horse in foal comfortable?
Don’t move them to a different barn/pasture when they are in foal. Especially not during the last 3 months as they develop antibodies protecting the foal in the environment the mare is kept in. We always let our mares give birth in the field as the weather is nice enough during spring/summer in the Netherlands. Also, the field is a clean, non slippery environment in which a horse is naturally at its best.
Ask<span class='mention__link' data-url='/wall/mention/adriennesternlicht/'></span> : You have competed in several countries, if you could choose only one to set up a base for your horses, which one would it be and why?
The Netherlands, and then our region called “Twente” in specific. Why? Many shows to train and compete your horses. Close to the German border, many great showjumping stables in the neighbourhood like BWG stables, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Willem Greve and Gert-Jan Bruggink. The level of sport is high, courses are well designed which increases your own riding level as well.
Do people find that magnets / ceramic fibre / infared therapy products make any real difference imparted to just using an extra rug or stable bandages?
I agree that, especially the back on track products work well on my horses legs and backs and are also used for warming up or in the walker at our barn. In the Netherlands, also professionals like Jeroen Dubbeldam use BOT products for their horses.
How do I get my horse to relax and go long and low? He’ll frame up and move out really nicely but he won’t relax and stretch while warming up and I would really like him to.
Try a magnesium supplement (maybe consult your vet before doing so) or use draw reins.