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Double Bridles and the length of the Shanks

Often a rider will remark to us that they want to put their horse into a double for the first time, and that they want to use a 5cm shank.  I usually ask them why they particularly want the smaller, 5cm shank over the standard 7cm shank. The response is that it is "kinder".That's not entirely correct.Here's the reason why- the weymouth bit works on leverage.  The basic principle of this…

How Good is Your Support Team?

Is your husband or friends into formula 1 racing? I’ve got a good friend who is mad keen on it. Personally, I just don’t get the fun in going round and round for hundreds of laps and wasting all the fuel, and changing all those tires… but when I put it like that it is kinda like horses strangely! And I can certainly understand his passion for the sport- it’s just like my passion for…