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Horse Care Confidence by Natalie Bucklar © Millie Moore East Devon Riding Academy • Riding lessons for adults and children from 2 years of age. • Pony Mornings, Pony Playgroup, Horsemanship & Training Clinics and 5* Livery. See our website for further information and dates. • We strive to make your hobby safe, fun and educational. Read our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor & Facebook. Phone 07771 903220 Natalie Bucklar BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science) Natalie has owned horses for over 30 years and owns East Devon Riding Academy near Sidmouth. She has previously lectured in Equine Science to degree level and produced research for preparing Great Britains' equestrian teams for the Olympics. Natalie provides consultations in horse management, training and problem solving using a force-free, science based approach. Improving Rider Confidence Lack of confidence is very common amongst horse riders. The obvious cause is following a fall or near miss but there doesn’t have to be a big single event, a rider can lack or lose confidence just through their everyday exposure to horses. The bad news is that you can’t buy confidence and no one can give it to you but the good news is that with the right help and support and with a willingness to work at it, you can improve. I will re-emphasise the right help because however well meaning they are, the ‘get on with it’ approach of some people just won’t work. And here’s why- Your sub conscious part of the brain is what keeps you safe, it is the part that will kick in and tell you that you’re in danger when triggered by a certain stimulus. The trigger can be a sight, sound, feeling, even a smell- it is very personal to the individual. The conscious part of your brain is the part that is telling you that everything is ok, the bit that hears when someone tells you to get on with it. However the sub conscious brain will always have the ability to over-ride the conscious brain if triggered, hence ‘getting on with it’ doesn’t produce a sustainable solution to dealing with nerves. And neither does avoiding the issue! Improving confidence is so much easier when you have the right person or people to help you. So what’s the solution? You need to train your brain! Understanding how the brain works and taking progressive steps to increase positivity is a huge help. You need to identify your comfort zone, your stretch zone and your over-stretch zone and work appropriately with them. Trying to reduce or remove conflicts helps by increasing motivation and commitment, as the constant worry about whether to do something or not is very draining and in itself detrimental to confidence. A common problem is to focus on the disparities between what you think you should be doing and what you can actually do, even more so when others add their opinion about what you should be doing. This cycle of comparison, Want to be notified of new HORSE CARE articles? Just Like on Facebook! conflict and negative thinking needs to be broken and the brain needs to be trained to stop the ‘what ifing’ that makes you convinced you’re going to fail or hurt yourself even before you’ve put the headcollar on. Improving confidence is so much easier when you have the right person or people to help you. The wrong person can easily cause further damage to fragile confidence but the right support can give you the knowledge, understanding and tools to progress and achieve success. If you keep working at it you will quickly see glimmers of light and the amazing moment when you suddenly realise that you’re enjoying yourself is worth every minute of effort. Of course your horse may need training too, as many have anxieties of their own but even though it feels impossible at times, nervousness or lack of confidence can be changed in both of you. If you would like to know more then look me up via my website at We have a great team working in Devon, available to help you throughout 2017. Happy Riding. Natalie x 30% OFF HOME INSURANCE IF YOU HAVEN’T CLAIMED IN 4 YEARS And if you come to claim, there are no forms and no quibbles. You won’t find us on comparison sites. For a home insurance quote call us on 01404 549003 or pop in and speak to us at NFU Mutual Branch, The Dutch Barn, Woodhayes Farm, Honiton, EX14 4TP No Claims Discount applies to NFU Mutual Standard Home Insurance. Agent of The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited. 80 Countryside, History, Walks, the Arts, Events & all things Devon at: DEVONSHIRE

The Old Vet’nary by Ken Watson Managing a practice a friendly, family practice I have never understood the doctors’ complaint that running a practice is a burden because compared to running a veterinary practice, it is a doddle. Ah! I hear you say, but they have so much more responsibility, they are dealing with human lives. Well, all I can say is try telling that to some pet owners I have encountered. Anyway if there is a case for greater responsibility it is counter balanced by the cut throat competition between veterinary practices. If a vet cannot produce results in a month of less, i.e. cure or a productive line of treatment, the client is off down the road to the opposition. Think of this. Most vets give the complete services, from diagnosis to after care, which means most of those services which doctors hive off; X-ray, surgery, hospitalisation, pharmacy. I could go on. We ran a mini NHS from the hiring of staff to buying drugs and equipment, providing staff cars and vans and, sometimes, housing. Under the Veterinary Nurse Training Scheme we even trained Veterinary Nurses and in my case at least sent vets of the crowd people came from all over Devon and Cornwall for their services. Good staff are like gold. Many vets lack business sense and these days employ a practice manager and in fact my ex-partners went almost bankrupt some years after I left. Personally I loved every minute of it. Each evening my wife and I sat down and booked takings from 4 branches and then my wife banked everyday. I always considered it essential to keep everything up to date. I have found, over time that many folk love to be able to say “No,” or “That can’t be done”. If I was passing by and heard one of my staff saying this I would intervene and point out how it could be done. I have always considered waiting lists to be a state of mind, but of course once they are established they are difficult to reduce. In writing this, my wife says, I must not give in to vanity or worse, but then why not, for on the first day of my tenure at my new practice in Plymouth there was nothing and when I left 35 years later, I left 'Wilson' ...Providing the highest standards of professional veterinary care OPENING TIMES Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 6.30pm Saturday: 8.30am - 12.30pm Consultations by Appointment EMERGENCY SERVICE For out of hours veterinary attention or advice please ring 01752 700600 PLYMOUTH 01752 700600 Burnett Road, Manadon, Plymouth PL6 5BH last incumbent had left, along with most of the clients. IVYBRIDGE 01752 690999 Cornwood Road, Woodlands, Ivybridge PL21 9JJ Part Time Clinic at Yealmpton In many ways I was ahead of my time, which was not difficult in those conservative days. My most cherished achievement was, with the aid of a sympathetic plumber, by Richard Woodward bins we put out it meant we saved a lot of money. Then there was the day the Water Board wrote to me to say that in future the Sewage Charge would rise in accordance with the amount of water we used, and we used a lot to wash the exercise yards. So I looked at the vast roof over the two storey building which housed the dog and cat boarding kennels and I thought, “That could catch a lot of water”. I bought two enormous water silos to catch it and when the Water Board rang up again I was able to say, “Oh, I have found an alternative supply”. The silence at the other end was sheer joy. Of course I had to sign up eventually. You cannot argue with a monopoly, but it gave me simple pleasure in my battle against bureaucracy. away on Further Education Courses at practice expense. Over 35 years I had only two specialist surgeons and by dint of spending a fortune on sending them on surgical courses turned them into top rate surgeons. So they stayed with me, and in the early days when I was ahead behind me a vibrant busy practice of 4 clinics and 6 vets. I shall never forget that first day when, for want of something to do, I went and cleaned out the kennels. Of course there was plenty of farm work but my remit was the companion animal work, which was almost zero since the to install a large furnace to burn the enormous by-product of waste we produced. This then supplied copious hot water and also heated kennels and cattery, an innovation in those days. It also meant we could offer a pet cremation service, and as we were charged by the number of My greatest regret was that I was unable to fulfil my ambition to develop a large grass exercise run for dog boarders, surrounded by kennels. My research showed that the canine urine would kill the grass in no time at all. Recent work has shown that the introduction of a common element to the dogs’ drinking water will neutralise this effect. Also my desire for a hydrotherapy pool for horses and dogs came to nothing for lack of funds. Yet I would not like you to get the impression that all this reduced my time devoted to my great love, the treatment of sick animals. That must be my legacy. After all it is all in the distant past and pie in the sky. - Ken hubcast .co.u k 81

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