Warm-up day beat the winter blues

THE Scottish Borders Endurance Riding Club held a very successful winter warm-up session at the Monteviot Riding for the Disabled Centre near Jedburgh.

The event was well attended and many potential new members also came along on the day.

The afternoon was fun and action-packed, with activities and informative talks from Mark Nobel an equine physiotherapist, and three of the members’ horses came in handy when demonstrating effective stretching techniques before and after rides.

The club also invited Simple Systems Feeds who travelled from Skipton to give an informative talk about feeding the endurance horse effectively and meeting the horse’s individual requirements.

Bruce Borthwick, the club’s vet, was also on hand to help everyone with the finer aspects of vetting at rides, whilst also putting spectators through their paces, testing their skills and knowledge of the vetting area and handling the horse effectively.

The afternoon was rounded off with hot drinks and tray bakes and informal chat while everyone caught up with their news.

The first ride of the season will take place at Oldhamstocks on February 18. For more information, visit www.scottishendurance.com or contact ride secretary: Rachel Macdonald, 6 Low Middleton Farm, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7LN. Tel: 07770 371805.