Schooling

Riding a Serpentine

Riding a Serpentine

Do you , like many riders, find yourself overlooking the humble serpentine as being too basic and easy a schooling movement to be of any real consequence to your horses development?  If so, I would love to challenge you that the modest serpentine, if ridden and worked on correctly, can be a fantastic training aid for both your horse;  and for…

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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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Solid Foundations for Jumping

Solid Foundations for Jumping

Jumping, it has the ability to thrill and to strike fear into riders, sometimes all at once!   However, if approached in a systematic and patient manner, most of the fear will dissipate allowing both you and your horse to enjoy jumping; whether it be a pop every now and then, or a trip round a course of fences weekly at a local…

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Moving Off Your Leg

Moving Off Your Leg

Is there a more frustrating and exhausting experience when riding to match that of being on a horse who is not paying you a blind bit of notice?!  You are on board kicking and pumping away, while you horse is just meandering along…  Ignoring you completely and acting as though he is on a relaxing Sunday outing. In this blog…

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Keeping Canter Work Interesting

Keeping Canter Work Interesting

I’ve often wondered what it is about the canter that makes riders almost seem to ignore it when schooling in the arena.  I see riders put so much time, care and attention into the trot and to a lesser degree, the walk…  But the canter is more often than not relegated to a few ‘laps’ of the arena and then…

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