Riding - Flat Work

PRE-COMPETITION PLANNING - get ready for the season ahead

The eventing season - Make sure you are ready!!Memberships and registrationsNow's the time to double check any memberships and registrations are up to date. If you're an affiliated competitor you'll need to be a riding member of the relevant discipline…

CORRECT TACK FOR DRESSAGE COMPETITIONS RUN UNDER BD RULES - Don't Get Caught Out!

BRITISH DRESSAGE 2012  (BD) - RULES FOR COMPETITIONS RUN UNDER BD CONDITIONSThe following covers Intro, Prelim, Novice, Elementary,Medium and Advanced Medium tests. P = Permitted       X = Not Permitted   Snaffle Double *Whip Spurs Flash/Drop Commander Intro, Prelim & Novice P…

Three Loop Serpentines

To ride this exercise properly takes more skill and practice than you might first imagine. When you think about it, you are making two changes of bend within a relatively short space and naturally your horse will have a preference…

ARE YOU AND YOUR HORSE RIDING ONE SIDED? Reasons and solutions

In his previous articles Richard has talked about himself and his horses being one sided. This is a common trait in many riders and can come about from schooling your horse more on one rein than another. Richard as ever,…

DOES YOUR HORSE HAVE A GOOD WALK? - Discover how to improve his walk!

The walk has less natual momentum than trot, canter or gallop, it is a more difficult pace to ride well. In addition, as there is no moment of suspension in the walk, it is difficult to extend or collect it.Walk…

SIMPLE STEPS TO IMPROVING THE TROT - the easiest pace to influence

Find out more about your horse's trot - and what you can do to improve it!In trot the horse's legs move in diagonal pairs (see picture below)  ie near hind and off fore move together and the off hind with…

SERPENTINE WITH A DIFFERENCE

If you find it difficult to get your horse's attention try this exercise! We are assuming that you are riding in a 40m by 20m school. Ride this exercise in walk first so you are sure where you are riding…

BUILD UP YOUR TROT WITH THIS SIMPLE EXERCISE

This exercise makes use of the school so that you have an oval shape ie half 20metre circles at each end of the school, joined by straight lines. Riding the oval shape helps you to rebalance around the half circles…
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