Figures for improving balance: figure 8

I hope you enjoyed my last post on the bow-tie manoeuvre. Here’s another exercise you can use to help your horse find his own balance. I learned about this exercise on the Horse Listening blog, and I must warn you: it looks simple but it’s not easy. It’s a figure 8 with a trot-to-canter transition thrown in…

Figures for improving balance: bow tie

I normally train and compete for the hunter ring, but lately I find myself focusing more and more on dressage schooling. I’d like to attend a few competitions and try my hand at first level, so I’ve been developing my horse’s balance and suppleness. I’m lucky in that my horse has natural impulsion – he has a spring in his…

You’re a rider? You’re an athlete!

Football, basketball, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, figure skating…athletes across all these sports have a team of people behind them. Coaches, personal trainers, chiropractors, massage therapists and athletic therapists all play a role in keeping those athletes healthy so they can perform at their best. You don’t see the same team behind a lot of riders, and yet we’re prone to…

6 weird ways to ride better

A horse is only as balanced and disciplined as its rider. Anyone who has spent a significant chunk of time in the saddle learns to be very aware of their body. Often, we know the little quirks we need to fix – sit up taller, put your heels down, look up – but turning those…