Riding - Flat Work

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…

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…
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