Welcome to the 13th weekly episode of The Horse & Hound Podcast, in which our showing editor chats to show horse producer and H&H columnist Simon Reynolds about why he started riding as a child, what led to his interest in showing, some of his most special horses so far and how to spot a potential show cob in the raw; our news editor talks about the latest thoughts from those involved on the equine welfare crisis and H&H sport editors Pippa Roome and Polly Bryan shares notes about their recent outings reporting from major events. We also welcome to the podcast for the first time British supergroom Alan Davies, who is responsible for Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin’s top horses. Alan explains how he cares for his charges at competitions in warm weather and what techniques he employs with the horses at home to help them prepare.
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In episode 13, show horse producer and H&H columnist Simon Reynolds chats to our showing editor Alex Robinson about why he started riding as a child, how he switched from showjumping to showing, some of the most special horses he’s enjoyed working with during his career so far and how to spot a potential show cob in the raw.
“The beautiful thing about cobs is they can have quite quirky personalities, that’s where a lot of people go wrong – you’ve got to make a friend of them” – Simon Reynolds
Podcast host and magazine editor Pippa Roome is joined by news editor Eleanor Jones to discuss this week’s top stories, including the RSPCA’s recent “lead the debate” panel discussion on the equine welfare crisis, which has been ongoing since the 2008 recession and what needs to happen to instigate real change. Pippa also compares notes with dressage editor Polly Bryan after they were both busy out reporting at major shows last week.
“It was so lovely to be out. It was the first time I have worked anywhere other than my living room table since the start of March. It felt sort of normal – a new normal” – Polly Bryan
We also welcome to the podcast for the first time British supergroom Alan Davies, who cares for the horses ridden by dressage stars Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. Alan offers his top tips on caring for competition horses that are out at shows in warm or hot weather.
“I try to train ours at home in the summer to take a drink as soon as I’ve taken the tack off. If you can train them at home to do that, then when you’re at the competition, they will take a good drink from a bucket as soon as you’ve got the tack off” – Alan Davies
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