Tag: Equestrian

Increasing Your Horses Suppleness

Increasing Your Horses Suppleness

Have you ever ridden a horse and they feel so wonderfully loose and pliable underneath you?  Perhaps you can remember how your horse was able to really and truly use his body and how the suppleness made it feel like he was performing movements in the best possible way that his body, fitness and confirmation allowed? True suppleness allows your…

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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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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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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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