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Category Archives: Showjumping

Training Tips: How to Create Impulsion and Why it’s Important

From the early stages of learning how to ride, we hear the word ‘impulsion’. What exactly is impulsion and how do we achieve it? Impulsion has nothing to do with speed, and we should think more about ‘energy’ and ‘bounce’ instead. A horse with good impulsion will be in front of the leg, willing to move forward and reactive to … Continue reading

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6 Tips for a More Elastic Canter

We often hear the words ‘more adjustable canter’, or ‘more elastic canter’ and we know that achieving that will improve our riding, whether we’re jumping or doing a dressage test, but how can we achieve it? Here are some well tested tips to help: Practice doing lots of transitions from every pace, start from trot-canter-trot then progress to canter-walk-canter. This will make … Continue reading

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Training: 6 Tips for Staying Sound This Summer

Keeping your horse sound all summer is not always easy, especially if you have a busy riding schedule.  Check the ground. If the mercury rises and the turf dries out the ground can turn rock solid, if you’re eventing, jumping, or doing dressage on grass be careful and consider the going. If you’re hacking with cantering/galloping work find an all-weather gallop to help … Continue reading

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Rio 2016: What’s in the Selection?

With the Rio Olympics just around the corner it will be a nail-biting time for both the selectors and our top riders. Who will be short-listed and will things come together for the best horse and rider combinations to be at peak performance just at the right time. Will our showjumping team see Big Star back from injury and will Scott … Continue reading

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Improve Your Jumping with Chloe Winchester’s FIVE Top Tips

Young showjumping star Chloe Winchester shares what she thinks are the most important tips for better jumping.  Practicing these at home doesn’t always mean having access to a course and you can even work on improving number 3-5 while cantering out hacking!   1. Jump small at home. In training it’s not the height of the fence that matters but the … Continue reading

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Distances Made Easy: Tack Room Guide

Always ensure you set and build pole and jumping exercises with the correct distances to make the most effective use of your schooling sessions. Setting good distances will also build confidence and give your horse the best chance of getting it right. Print this easy to follow chart and put it somewhere accessible.

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Training Tips: Teaching a Young Horse to Jump

Starting out with a young horse is an exciting time. It’s important to remember that everything new you undertake is like writing a new story on a blank page, without an eraser! So remember to be careful to limit the amount of mistakes you make in order to bring on a youngster successfully. Here are some useful tips for when the time … Continue reading

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So Much You Can Do With Two Poles: Series #4

Our TWO POLE training series explores the variety of exercises you can practice to improve both horse and rider, simply using two jump poles. Brought to you by experienced trainer and ReadySupp’s co-founder Didi Verdina, the series covers exercises for all levels of horse and rider and begins with the easiest level.  Didi quotes a famous horseman when offering advice … Continue reading

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So Much You Can Do With Two Poles: Series #3

Our new TWO POLE series explores the variety of exercises you can practice to improve both horse and rider, simply using two jump poles. Brought to you by experienced trainer and ReadySupp’s co-founder Didi Verdina, the series covers exercises for all levels of horse and rider and begins with the easiest level. As the series progresses the exercises will become … Continue reading

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So Much You Can Do With Two Poles: Series #2

Our new TWO POLE series explores the variety of exercises you can practice to improve both horse and rider, simply using two jump poles. Brought to you by experienced trainer and ReadySupp’s co-founder Didi Verdina, the series covers exercises for all levels of horse and rider and begins with the easiest level. As the series progresses the exercises will become … Continue reading

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