Celebrate the arrival of spring with the April issue of Horse magazine – on sale from Thursday 16 March.

Improve your chances of success in the competition arena with 10 brilliant tips for making a horse more responsive, and read expert advice on giving a young horse the best start to his ridden work.

If you’re struggling to load your horse to go to shows or training sessions, check out three useful exercises you can practise to take the stress out of travelling.

Discover easy ways to take the stress out of loading

Our vet report reveals why there is life after an equine arthritis diagnosis, learn how to assess a horse’s conformation and discover ways to secure sponsorship to help you achieve your riding goals.

Plus, check out the UK’s best fun rides, win long leather riding boots and competition clothing, read our reviews of country boots and discover why a Traditional Gypsy Cob could be the perfect horse for you!