H&H columnist Katie is a top showing producer who is based in Essex. She has won the supreme championship at both Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and the Royal International (RIHS). As well as being The Queen’s show horse producer, she is an esteemed judge and accredited coach.
As soon as I’ve backed a baby, I take them out hacking on the lanes. It’s the most important part of a horse’s training process. I let them go forward in a happy yet controlled way; I take them out of that goldfish bowl and let them see the world.
It can be too easy to tack up and head into the school for 20 minutes each day, but this can be monotonous for horses and this is when they become resistant. Routine is important but variety in their work is essential.