Trotting

Canter to Improve the Trot

Canter to Improve the Trot

Have you noticed how, very often, there are only two ‘gears’ when trotting; a good, forward trot or a bland, shuffle trot? However changing from the latter to the former can often be one of the more difficult aspects of trotting.  If so, have you ever considered using the canter to improve the trot? Sounds too good to be true,…

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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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A Smooth Sitting Trot

A Smooth Sitting Trot

Does the thought of any sort of prolonged periods of sitting trot fill both you, your bum, and your horse’s back with a sense of dread?!  Perhaps the find the more you try not to bounce; the higher you appear to go?! Sitting trot is probably one of the most confounding things to master when you first begin riding. And…

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Rising or Posting in Trot

Rising or Posting in Trot

Have you ever sat down (no pun intended) and thought about how correct your rising or posting in trot actually is? Rising or posting in trot is one of the first aspects we learn when starting out riding a horse… We happily spend hours trotting around the arena or along trail, up down, up down, up down, without ever stopping…

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Trotting Without Running

Trotting Without Running

  Do you find that when you ask your horse for a more expressive trot, he just seems to begin running onto his forehand with you, becoming heavier and heavier with each stride? You’re not alone! Many riders set out looking to achieve an active, working trot… But due to lots of different factors, this can end up just ‘running’…

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