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Why Improving Your Accuracy Will Improve Your Engagement in Your Riding

Why Improving Your Accuracy Will Improve Your Engagement in Your Riding

Accuracy can seem like a dull and boring concept when riding horses.  Sure, if you are going to compete in dressage or show jumping, accuracy can become really important.  But what about if you are simply a rider, working alone with your horse, trying to improve your overall skills?  Is accuracy still as important? I’m going to say yes, accuracy…

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7 Circles, 5 Serpentines, 4 figures of eight; on repeat…? What’s Your Riding Routine?

7 Circles, 5 Serpentines, 4 figures of eight; on repeat…? What’s Your Riding Routine?

What does your average ride or training session with your horse look like?  Do you have a riding routine that you follow? If yours is leaning towards, or if it already is, a little too predictable; maybe it’s time for a change?  While riding the same sequence often can sometimes be beneficial to your riding and training (more on that…

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[Training Scale Series] Part 4 – Creating True Impulsion

[Training Scale Series] Part 4 – Creating True Impulsion

How do you know if you have actually achieved true impulsion? What makes this ‘real’ impulsion different from simply running around the arena like the energizer bunny with your horse? This post is the fourth in a series I have created about the training scale.  I suggest also checking out the previous posts on rhythm, suppleness, and contact.  At ‘Step…

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[Training Scale Series] Part 3 – Contact in Your Riding

[Training Scale Series] Part 3 – Contact in Your Riding

Contact and connection; hot topics for many riders.  This is often because they can feel quite elusive.  There is confusion regarding what needs to happen in order for contact to occur.  And, how can you tell if the contact is correct and ‘good’? This post and episode are the third in a series about the training scale.  We have already…

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Connection in Your Riding; Seat and Legs

Connection in Your Riding; Seat and Legs

Have you ever thought about what you can feel, in the saddle as you ride your horse? The physical connection points you have with your horse each time you’re in the saddle. Often we can become so caught up with our aids and what we ‘should’ be doing, that we forget to focus on the actual points of physical connection…

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