Riding - Flat Work

TOP TIPS FOR RIDING GOOD TRANSITIONS

IMPROVE YOUR HORSE'S WAY OF GOING TRANSISITIONSWhether your horse is a complete novice or at the dizzy heights of Grand Prix, transitions will be a key element in your riding and training programme. Both horse and rider benefit from transitions: the…

COOL, CALM CORNERS - Establish a discipline for riding good corners

Riding your corners correctly won’t just keep your instructor happy – It will improve your horse’s way of going too.Quick tips to help you establish the discipline for riding good corners. If your horse finds this exercise difficult, spend a…

RIDE SHOULDER-IN CORRECTLY AND AVOID MAKING THOSE COMMON MISTAKES

Get to grips with riding shoulder-in? Here's how...plus some tips on avoiding common mistakes!The FEI definition of the movement is: The horse is slightly bent round the inside leg of the rider.  The horse's inside foreleg passes and crosses in front…

HALF HALTS - ESTABLISH YOUR HORSE'S RHYTHM

Improve your ride with half haltsEstablish your horse’s rhythm using half-halts.Your horse will have a natural rhythm in each gait in which he will become more balanced and so find it easier to work. The rider’s job is to find…

GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WINTER SCHOOLING

With limited riding time in winter it's sensible to make the most of any schooling sessions. So here are some tips: Your schooling sessions should not be overlong and should always end on a good note. If your horse is…

GET YOUR LEGS DOING THE WORK - Spiralling Circles

Flatwork plays an important part in any good showjumping round and a balanced and responsive horse is key to achieving an easier clear round. Katy Thomas presents an easy and simple exercise that she uses with her own horses whilst teaching. She…

IMPROVE YOUR HORSE'S WAY OF GOING

GET A REACTION - Improve your horse’s way of going When you are trying to improve your riding and your horse’s way of going, there are always vital basics to remember what ever level you are working at. Your horse…

TEACH YOUR HORSE TO SLOW DOWN AND STOP

IMPROVE YOUR HORSE’S BRAKES - -Teaching your horse to slow down and stopBeing able to stop your horse in a controlled manner is an essential part of staying safe while riding. Your horse must listen to you when you ask him…
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