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Category Archives: Rider Fitness

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: 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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10 Top Hacking Fitness Tips

Hacking brings plenty of mental and physical benefits for both horse and rider and will help improve fitness and well-being across all areas. Most riders feel more motivated to do more in milder weather, including competing, and as many of us have only lightly maintained our horses’ fitness through the long, wet winter now is the time to increase and vary work … 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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Rider Balance: Simple Steps Will Benefit Your Horse

There is always plenty of discussion on rider balance and how it can affect our horses and the way we ride. Here’s 7 important tips to remember: Our horses react to our weight and balance so it’s important we have control of them at all times!   Good posture on the ground will improve position in the saddle, so think … Continue reading

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Training Tips: 5 Thing Nervous Riders Should Avoid

Struggle with nerves when riding but love it too much to stop? Develop in to a happy and relaxed rider with these confidence building tips: Avoid hacking or schooling a fresh horse. Horses are incredibly sensitive to a rider’s attitude and when fresh may well be over-reactive. If a rider is nervous he may be particularly tight, grip with his legs … Continue reading

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Training Tips: Improve Your Hands

It’s easy to forget that our hands are directly connected to a horse’s most delicate area, and because of this we can completely compromise performance, attitude and paces with poor contact. Bad hands are one of the most common rider challenges faced so we’ve provided 5 tips to help reinforce good habits… Inconsistent hands. The most obvious and common problem is … Continue reading

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5 Key Exercises Guaranteed to Improve Your Riding

Whatever your goals are, make yourself a better rider by including these pro tips to establish a more secure seat… 1. Work on developing position and balance – these are two key points you must focus on to improve your riding. Exercises such as trotting in a light/two point position around the school (or the field if you do not have an … Continue reading

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Want Faster Times Against the Clock? Spencer Roe Tells You How

Jumping a perfect double clear is what most of us are ultimately aiming for, but jumping a fast, clear second round and coming home with a rosette is even more rewarding. With the help of good training and the right amount of practice this is within reach. ReadySupp rider and one of Britain’s brightest future stars Spencer Roe picks out … Continue reading

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Sports Psychology: 6 Things Happy Riders Never Do

Getting the best out of yourself is as important as getting the best out of your horse. Be conscious of channeling the right mindset and staying away from potential negativities as they will only find their way to the horse. Remember happy riders NEVER: 1. Worry about what others are doing – Don’t focus on what others are doing, how … Continue reading

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