Discover how to add the fun factor to schooling by working on your horse's paces while out hacking. You will be surprised what can be achieved out in the open countryside, away from the confines of a sand school. To get you started, the May issue of Horse magazine has lots of great ideas and exercises that you can try.

You can practise all of the paces out on a hack, ride lots of beneficial transitions and work on straightness and suppleness, too. Introduce your horse or pony to natural obstacles by keeping your eye out for a little log or ditch to pop over, some water to splash through, and maybe try opening a gate.

While most owners and riders look forward to spring, it can be a worrying time for those with horses or ponies that are prone to, or at risk of, laminitis.

To help you get a better understanding of this devastating disease, and reduce the risk of your horse or pony contracting the condition, we have teamed up with the Talk About Laminitis campaign. Leading veterinary experts share their knowledge and discuss the links between laminitis and underlying hormonal diseases.

Another unmissable feature is our legal guide to buying a horse. Discover what your rights are when buying from a dealer or private seller, and what to do if something goes wrong once you've got your new purchase home.

Why not celebrate the arrival of spring by treating yourself to some new riding kit - check out our guide to the latest spring fashion. There's something for every taste and every budget.

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Happy riding!