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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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: 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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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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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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Better Training Tips: How To Warm-Up and Cool-Down Correctly

When working your horse it is important to remember that the warm-up and cool-down phases are as crucial as the exercises you work on, this will support better performance and wellbeing long term. When working on the flat (or over jumps), follow these tips to help improve your horse’s flexibility, development and overall performance: As soon as you get on allow … 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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Gridwork Dos and Donts: Seven Important Tips

Gridwork is an incredibly useful tool and there are many interesting combinations to assist in development of horse and rider balance, strength, suppleness, and coordination. It can also help improve specific issues such as poor rhythm, difficulty in covering the ground, and use of whithers over the jump.  Follow ReadySupp’s tips to help improve your skills: • DO start simply. Begin with a couple … Continue reading

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