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, horses…

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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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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 that is not paying you a blind bit of notice?!  You are on board kicking and pumping away.  And all the while your horse is just meandering along.  Ignoring you completely and acting as though he is on a relaxing Sunday outing.…

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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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