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Category Archives: Riding Tips

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: 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: 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: Arms NOT Hands!

We often talk about the hands of the rider when training, and rarely hear the term ‘bad arms’, but we should be talking about the arms of the rider as well as the hands. The rider’s position is always a hot topic and when we hear riders talking about the areas that need improvement and trainers correcting students during a lesson, we … 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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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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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: Improving Straightness

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.  This exercise is very useful for straightness and … Continue reading

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