Riding - Flat Work

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…

RIDING THE U SHAPE EXERCISE - Easy and fun!

It’s easy and fun - The ‘U’ Shape Exercise!  A lot of people will have heard of the "clock" type pole work, with which you place 4 poles on a circle at 12, 3, 6 and 9 to improve canter…

TIPS ON RIDING SHOULDER-IN - Avoid 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…

PERFECT YOUR COUNTER CANTER - How to set up for success

Counter canter improves engagement, suppleness and balance.  It is an excellent rider exercise and highlights the need for accuracy and attention to detail.This exercise can be introduced once the horse has established a balanced, true canter.  True canter is when…

IMPROVE BALANCE AND SUPPLENESS - Riding a figure of 8

You can use a figure of eight exercise, using 20metre circles from A & C, for a variety of purposes. A simple exercise to warm up and start with is shown below - this is a half figure of eight which…

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HORSES CANTER

Understand more about what your horse is doing in canter and how you can help him improve with these tips!Footwork Canter is a three-time pace with the sequence of footfalls being: On the right rein - near hind, followed by…

MASTER TRAVERS - improve engagement, collection and free your horse's shoulders

A correctly ridden travers will, for the horse, improve engagement, collection and free the shoulders.  For the rider, it will highlight co-ordination, stiffness and crookedness, whilst teaching the rider how to feel and control the horse's hind legs.What is travers?…

HALF HALT TIPS - Improve your horses obedience and engagement

The half halt is the most important yet most misunderstood concept in riding. The half halt can help you put your horse on the bit but you also need it for every change of gait, balance, movement, or exercise.A simple…
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