Riding - Flat Work

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…

EXERCISES TO IMPROVE YOUR HORSE'S BALANCE

The following exercises are designed specifically to improve your horse's balance.Working on balance Here are a couple of exercises for you to try.Horses tend to favour one side and this first exercise will help you to recognize which shoulder your…

TEACH YOUR HORSE TO TURN ON THE FOREHAND

Improve your horses' obedience to your leg aids....If you can teach your horse turn on the forehand you'll be improving his obedience to your leg aids, helping your own co-ordination of aids AND this exercise has a very practical use…

TEACH YOUR HORSE TO EXTEND AND LENGTHEN HIS STRIDE

LENGTHENING THE STRIDE IN TROT- Every horse can show a difference!Trot is a two time movement; the legs working in diagonal pairs (off fore and near hind together then near fore and off hind with a moment of suspension when all…

MAKE CORNERS COUNT! - Ride corners correctly

Riding through corners correctly will benefit your horse's suppleness and improve your riding position. This exercise can be practised whether you have a school or not, by using poles or road cones, create a corner in a paddock or an…

NEW YEAR RIDING TIPS - Small steps lead to BIG achievements for you and your horse

Are clear on what you want to achieve each time you ride? If you are, it's easier to set your riding goals - and it's easier to resist people at your livery yard who think you should be jumping, competing,…
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