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Short on Facilities? Filler Ideas

If you’re not lucky enough to have access to a full set of jumps in a lovely arena – fear not! Here’s 13 ideas you might be able to make use of… Find any of the following, then paint them, fill them and stack them to create interesting fillers which will prepare your horse for anything spooky in the ring: … Continue reading

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Training Tips: Position or Posture?

POSITION OR POSTURE? It’s very important to differentiate between position and posture and ensure both are correct. You can’t have a good seat and balance unless your position is correct in the first place. The very first thing we are taught when we sit on a horse is to have a good position, which generally is a fast process; then … Continue reading

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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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Training Tips: Stretching Benefits for Your Horse

When we ask our horses to work in an outline with their neck round, it’s not the only thing we are asking. If done correctly we are asking our horses for a certain amount of collection, the back end will be engaged and the muscles of the whole back will work harder and the roundness of neck will start from … 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: 12 Tips for Correct Lungeing

Lungeing is a useful tool for many of us, especially when we’re short on time, unable to ride, or working with restricted daylight/riding hours. It’s a good alternative to riding when done properly and provides part of the framework for developing ridden work, bringing on youngsters, and working horses who cannot wear tack due to wounds or rubs. It’s also useful for building enhanced … Continue reading

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Training: Are You Setting Realistic Goals?

Horses are one of life’s great levellers and as most of us have experienced at some point – things don’t always go to plan. Make the most of riding and give yourself the best chance of success by being realistic about what you can achieve. When starting out with a new equine partnership ask yourself the following: What do you … 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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Training: Five Biggest Barriers to Success!

All riders have their strengths and weaknesses, here we explore the most common challenges and look at how to fix them to help elevate riding to the next level. FEAR: Fear of hurting ourselves (or our horse), or fear of failure are most common. This is a challenge that affects many riders on some level but can be overcome with training and … Continue reading

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Training Tips: Coral Keen’s Advice on Starting Young Horses

Producing young horses is a talent that not all of us possess and having the understanding, patience, facilities, skill and time is not always something we can provide. Are you producing at home with high hopes for a special youngster? If so, read event rider and Horse & Hound blogger Coral Keen’s top tips to get started on the right foot. Starting Off … Continue reading

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