Riding - Flat Work

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…

LEG YIELD EXERCISES

There are many exercises you can do involving leg yield but here are a couple to get you started. Riding leg yield teaches your horse to move away from your leg and it helps the horse's back and hindquarter muscles…

LANDING ON THE CORRECT CANTER LEAD AFTER A JUMP

Changing canter leads over fences.Many riders have problems when trying to land on the correct leg after a fence. Having the right canter lead is really important for balance and rhythm whilst jumping. Falling into trot to pick up the…

POLE GRIDS - Improve horse and rider co-ordination

Pole work tips. Basic pole work is a beneficial work out for the co-ordination and proficiency of the horse and rider  Repetition of exercises helps relax buzzy horses however always remember not to overdo it, if your horse completes an exercise…

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 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…
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