In the latest issue of Horse magazine we consider how less can be more, with riders and trainers revealing why they believe bitless is best.

They state that riding without a bit can make a horse more comfortable and can help resolve training and behavioural issues.

If you want to find out more, and pick up some tips on how to make the change from bit to bitless, see the August issue of Horse magazine (on sale from 30 June).

Discover the benefits of riding in a bitless bridle

The summer months are the time for getting out and about with your horse or pony. If you’re planning to compete in a hunter trial or one-day event, we’ve got smart advice from British Eventing coaches on how to tackle tricky fences – including ditches, water and skinnies – safely.

If you prefer showjumping, discover how to walk the course in order to improve your chances of achieving a clear round.

Whether you are at a show or at the yard, pick up some essential tips to beat the heat and keep your horse happy and healthy over the summer months.

We also have some must-read veterinary advice, on headshaking, equine back pain and tetanus.

Plus, find out what to include in a livery contract, check out reviews of breeches for leisure riding and learn how your horse could benefit from a McTimoney treatment.

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