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Riding a Bounce to Improve Overall Strength

Riding a Bounce to Improve Overall Strength

Have you ever experienced popping over a jump with your horse, when he suddenly realises he needs a little ‘more’ if he is going to clear the jump?  He stretches, or pushes, a little farther than you expected and suddenly you find yourself very much behind the movement and bracing for the inevitable ‘thud’ that your backside connecting with the…

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Maintaining Balance Between Jumps

Maintaining Balance Between Jumps

The bell rings, you set off aiming for the first fence, you pop over it… And suddenly it’s like everything begins to speed up and rather than being the pilot, you have somehow been relegated to passenger status.  All the ‘if this then that’ scenarios you have spent months practicing are just gone and you are hoping that somehow, through…

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Maintaining Control After Jumping

Maintaining Control After Jumping

You’ve just popped the fence and in your mind it was a success, mostly because you managed to stayed on board for it!  However, as soon as your horse lands, you are beginning to think that your ‘upright seat’ is becoming more and more of a fantasy; in fact every stride your horse takes is literally bumping you further and further…

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Slow Down Over Fences

Slow Down Over Fences

Does your normally relaxed, sane and rhythmic horse turn into his version of a racehorse each time he rounds a corner and spots anything that resembles a jump when you are riding?  Your quiet calm ride turns into a flat out gallop, resembling the rush for the finish post on the final furlong of Aintree…  (minus the cheering crowds!) Unfortunately…

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Using Ground Poles in Schooling

Using Ground Poles in Schooling

Have you used ground poles in your schooling before?  Do you perhaps think ground poles are only really useful for jumpers or competition horses? Ground poles are a fantastic tool for horses of all disciplines.  They help to improve self-control, balance, focus, suppleness, elasticity, coordination (including hoof / eye) and strength in both the horse and the rider. Another added…

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