If you’ve ever been faced with an ill or injured horse, you will know how scary it can be. The key thing is to stay calm and get your horse the right help, as soon as possible.

In the March issue of Horse magazine we’ve got some smart advice – courtesy of vet Beth Ault of Cliffe Equine – to help you deal with some of the most common emergency situations.

Our must-read guide talks you through colic, wounds, eye injuries and tying-up. It sets out the symptoms, when you need to call the vet and what they are likely to do to help your horse.

With the nights getting lighter, you may be hoping to get out more with your horse or pony and planning ahead for the competition season. To help you prepare, check out our useful training section, which includes tips on improving your dressage and showjumping.

Discover how to teach your horse to perform medium trot and canter and pick up some handy schooling exercises that can boost your skills in the showjumping arena.

If you enjoy eventing and want to set yourself a goal for the future, why not aim for the prestigious Mitsubishi Motors Cup, which takes place at Badminton?

You can find out more about the competition for amateur riders, including how to qualify and tips for tackling the event’s cross-country course from top rider’s Mary and Emily King.

Also, take the right approach to training your horse – and build a stronger bond with him – by reading our insightful feature by popular equine behaviourist Justine Harrison about how horses learn and process information.

Plus we have some great giveaways up for grabs in Horse magazine, including Bostock Safety Stirrups, Back on Track goodies and Mark Todd Competition Shirts.