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…

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…

IMPROVE YOUR HORSE'S WAY OF GOING

GET A REACTION - Improve your horse’s way of going When you are trying to improve your riding and your horse’s way of going, there are always vital basics to remember what ever level you are working at. Your horse…

TEACH YOUR HORSE TO SLOW DOWN AND STOP

IMPROVE YOUR HORSE’S BRAKES - -Teaching your horse to slow down and stopBeing able to stop your horse in a controlled manner is an essential part of staying safe while riding. Your horse must listen to you when you ask him…

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…
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