A sound foundation is essential for young horses, regardless of which discipline they follow. Alice Collins finds out how the Billy babies start out
Having backed over 1,000 of them over the past quarter-century, Will Plunkett (pictured throughout) is well versed in starting young horses. He gives 50 Billy Stud three-year-olds their basic training every year.
“I’ve broken horses for everything; eventing, showjumping, dressage, Arabs, for racing – even a Shire horse,” says Will.
His diverse CV is testament to Pippa and William Funnell’s firm belief that an all-round education is crucial, regardless of the horse’s intended use.
This time of year is traditionally when many young horses are started under saddle. Once you’ve got to the stage
The European eventing team gold medallist looks at what you need to know ahead of a young horse's first competition
Here’s some top tips from the pair on how to introduce a horse to a new environment and build confidence…
‘Who knows, you could be sat on a future champion and you just don’t know it yet...’