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Exercises to Improve Your Horses Coordination

Exercises to Improve Your Horses Coordination

Have you ever experienced moments when ‘lack of coordination’ seems to be the best description for you while in riding  your horse?  It often leads to feelings of clumsiness and a general lack of confidence in your abilities, right?  Well, imagine how it feels when your horse suffers a similar lack of coordination; lack of balance leading to an uncomfortable…

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Riding a Bounce to Improve Overall Strength

Riding a Bounce to Improve Overall Strength

Have you ever experienced popping over a jump with your horse, when he suddenly realises he needs a little ‘more’ if he is going to clear the jump?  He stretches, or pushes, a little farther than you expected and suddenly you find yourself very much behind the movement and bracing for the inevitable ‘thud’ that your backside connecting with the…

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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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Using Ground Poles in Schooling

Using Ground Poles in Schooling

Have you used ground poles in your schooling before?  Do you perhaps think ground poles are only really useful for jumpers or competition horses? Ground poles are a fantastic tool for horses of all disciplines.  They help to improve self-control, balance, focus, suppleness, elasticity, coordination (including hoof / eye) and strength in both the horse and the rider. Another added…

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