Riding Squares to Achieve Roundness

If you are like me, you have the phrase “inside leg to outside rein” drilled into your brain. Riders across disciplines are taught that our inside leg creates the bend or shape in the horse’s body, while the outside rein moderates this shape, ensuring the horse maintains straightness and doesn’t reach a degree of “over…

Ground pole exercise – side pass over an L

Earlier, I shared an exercise you can crack out on days when it’s too hot to ride hard. This next exercise will also improve your horse’s balance and responsiveness to leg aids. All you need is four ground poles and a little patience. Side-passing over an L Arrange your ground poles in an L-shape to create…

Ground pole exercise – Backing through an L

In the dead of winter, a trainer gave me a couple ground pole exercises to practice. They were challenging and improved my horse’s responsiveness to leg aids. The exercises can be completed at the walk, so they’re great for days when it’s too cold or too hot to ride hard. All you need is four…

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…