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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Developing Your Horses Self Carriage

Developing Your Horses Self Carriage

When you are riding, is your horse carrying himself, or are you in-fact carrying him?  Self carriage in horses can be explained as your horse carrying himself, without needing support from or relying on you, the rider, in order to continue and maintain the movement he is performing. Your horses ability to carry himself comes from him being responsible for his own…

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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

Sitting trot is probably one of the most confounding things to master when you first begin riding, and often enough time is not invested at the beginning of your training to understanding the sitting trot, leaving riders to their own devices, of which there are many, in trying to stay in the saddle and not bounce around like a gummy…

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Improving Your Feel in the Saddle

Improving Your Feel in the Saddle

Feel…  A hugely important component of successful horsemanship and something that is often considered as a talent that you are either gifted at birth with or your not! From years spent helping and watching people ride, I do agree that some people seem to have a more natural feel than others, however I have also found that often, riders who…

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Controlling Your Hands While Riding

Controlling Your Hands While Riding

Do you find that often when you ride, your hands begin to do their own thing?  Waving about, flagging some imaginary air traffic, conducting a symphony, or just bouncing up and down like a jack hammer?!  To make this even more frustrating; it seems like the more you try to ‘quiet’ or ‘still’ your hands the worse the problem becomes……

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