What do we mean by Rein Tension?

In the continuation of our bitting blog our trained consultants Kirstie and Olivia Turner Animal Behaviour Consultant discuss rein tension and the placement of the bit in your horses mouth. This is the last stage of a bitting consultation, a very ‘belt and braces’ approach to find the perfect bitting solution for your horse. So,…

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Learn more about bitting – measuring and anatomy

We welcome back Olivia Turner our bitting and horse behaviour expert, who we have teamed up with for our bitting blogs. In this bitting blog, we look in more detail at how to measure your bit, the ‘parts’ of a bit and finally learn about the anatomy of a horse’s head. This information is just…

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Get Set Go – Polly Mountford is back out!

GET SET GO I’ve been slow to start our competition season this year. Partly because everything still felt uncertain and there didn’t seem to be any hurry to dash about until I was sure that I, the horses and the team were ready. Partly because J.Donk (bless him!) generally takes an event or two to…

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Making a bitting observation

In our third Bitting blog we delve deeper into the anatomy of the horse, showing you how to make an accurate observation of your horse’s head and mouth. Thanks again to Olivia Turner our bitting and horse behaviour expert for her contribution to this series. To help you make accurate bitting observations we have designed…

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Tara Murphy’s Cirencester Event Report

What a day at Cirencester with Rolo and Mumbles!  However, what would eventing be without the day starting with some added stress – is there anything worse then walking up to the dressage to realise you have learnt the wrong test? Luckily I managed to relearn it and score a personal best of 20.5 with…

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How much do you understand about bitting?

With a welcome return to equine activities and competitions, we are seeing more requests for our bitting consultancy service. There is SO much to learn in terms of bitting, with design and technology as well as greater anatomical understanding all having an impact on bit design and manufacture. It’s a fascinating world and one we are very passionate about. After all, your horse’s comfort and wellbeing are paramount to our approach here at Forelock & Load.

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Wow it’s great to be back out eventing

Wow it’s great to be back out eventing…. First event back was with Princess Angelina where we headed to Norton Disney to compete in the BE100. We started off well picking up a 32 dressage, pretty pleased with her score considering it was her first event back and she can be difficult. We were warming…

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Team Mountford March Musings!

Two Team Mountford happenings this month that show lockdown really has gone on for far too long now.  One, I’ve taken to occasional sleeps in the lorry that we bought in February 2020 and has hardly left the yard since.  It’s obviously a subliminal thing – the evenings are lighter, the sun sunnier, the numnahs…

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Tara Murphy Kicks off her Event Season

It was so great to finally be back out eventing. After doing our final shop of the essentials at Forelock and Load (from plaiting bands to spare over reach boots) we were all ready for a day of eventing at Oasby. As I expected, my two eventer horses Rincoola Rolo and Monbeg Maximus were wired…

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Spring is in the air!

T-shirts today – and that’s without having 6 other layers on top, yup, t-shirt  weather in February!  Admittedly our ‘t-shirt weather’, when riding the eighth horse of the day or mucking out the 10th, may not be everyone’s idea of lounging hot – but the sun is out, the sky is blue, the horses are out…

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