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Revisiting the Basics; Why You NEED to Do This in Your Riding…

Revisiting the Basics; Why You NEED to Do This in Your Riding…

It can seem like something that only novice or beginner riders would worry themselves with; revisiting the basics.  After all, surely there’s a point where, as riders, we can ‘set and forget’ a couple of things in our riding? Basics like position and the aids.  Or trotting and cantering… And I think a lot of this stems from the fact…

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Creating Planned Responses In Your Riding (rather than messy reactions!)

Creating Planned Responses In Your Riding (rather than messy reactions!)

Do you have days where, after you get home, sit down, and think over the day’s events, you think to yourself “Why did I react like that?!”?  I know I do, even now.  I find that if I allow my emotions to run things, the chances of everything turning out exactly as I would have two chances. Slim and none! …

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Are Your Outdated Expectations Ruining Your Riding Progress?

Are Your Outdated Expectations Ruining Your Riding Progress?

Isn’t it amazing how so many riders just seem to ‘know’ what will happen each time they ride? They have certain expectations that, almost magically, seem to always come true for them. Unfortunately, the keywords in that sentence are ‘for them’. I see time and again how riders, regardless of what is really happening, will define each ride based on…

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4 Things You MUST Re-Train with Your Retired Racehorse OTTB

4 Things You MUST Re-Train with Your Retired Racehorse OTTB

Ex-racehorse, a retired racehorse, OTTB; so many different names for a thoroughbred that has now begun their second (or third) career.  They are one of the most versatile breeds and, sadly, often one of the most misunderstood. I believe that there are 4 basic principles that you must work with your retired racehorse on, in order to set a foundation…

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Horse Riding Skills You Must Develop to Successfully Train Your Horse

Horse Riding Skills You Must Develop to Successfully Train Your Horse

Many riders have a desire to school and develop their own horse. Yet, a lot of these riders don’t actually know what horse riding skills they need in order to make this a reality.  The fact of the matter is that you are always training your horse. Every single interaction. Through your actions, intentional or not, you are always communicating…

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