Riding - Flat Work

HELP YOUR HORSE BECOME SUPPLE, BALANCED AND CONFIDENT

SCHOOLING TIPS - Exercises to help your horse become supple, balanced and prevent boredom.The aim of schooling your horse is to develop suppleness, balance, confidence and obedience. The basics of stop, go, turn and respond when asked is required whether…

RUSHING HORSES - Learn to slow him down and establish rhythm and balance

Does your horse go everywhere at speed? Is it difficult to persuade him to trot calmly or approach a fence sensibly?Horses will rush their work for a variety of reasons. A common one is pain or discomfort, another reason is…

HALF HALT TIPS- ESTABLISH A NATURAL RHYTHM WITH YOUR HORSE

The half-halt is a specific riding aid in which the driving aids and restraining aids are applied in quick succession. It is sometimes thought of as an "almost halt," asking the horse to prepare to halt in balance, before pushing…

LINKING YOUR SCHOOLING EXERCISES - Improve suppleness, obedience and engagement

Once your horse is warmed up and ready to work, try adding interest to your schooling session by linking exercises.  Remember - ALL EXERCISES MUST HAVE A BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END IF THE QUALITY OF THE STEPS START TO DETERIORATE, RIDE ACTIVELY…

CANTER BEATS - Feel a balanced canter

Some horse’s find a balanced canter difficult, so it’s good to always try and remember the canter beats. The canter has three beats when at least one foot is on the ground, followed by a moment of suspension. If you are…

THE BENEFITS OF USING THE CLOCK EXERCISE TO DEVELOP A GOOD RHYTHM

The benefits of using the Clock Exercise /Poles on a circleMost of you would have heard of ‘TheClock’ exercise, but do you realize how beneficial it is to your riding and your horse?You simply set 4 poles out on a…

INTRODUCING YOUR HORSE TO EXPERIENCES THAT MAY SPOOK HIM

Once you have introduced a horse properly to a new experience, the lesson will stay with him for life. So, how do you ensure that his lessons are going to have this positive effect?Let's take this example of a horse…

HOW TO RIDE GOOD TRANSITIONS - Are your transitions consistent so your horse benefits?

Every time we ride we probably execute dozens of transitions - perhaps more. Carl Hester once said that he does about 250 transitions in one session! So it's important that every time we undertake a transition we do it properly…
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