Keeping your Horse Motivated in Winter: Tips for Healthy Training

Winter is a tough time for equestrians: it's dark, cold, the indoor is full and outdoors are wet and muddy or completely frozen. During winter the horses are more vulnerable and the risk of injury is higher. Here are tips to help you get through winter whilst keeping your...

Fitness Training for Better Riding

The effect of integrating riding specific exercises into your fitness program, or just doing it once or twice a week as your fitness program, will yield fabulous results. Many riders such as Eventing Champion Bettina Hoy and Dressage Champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl uses fitness training for improving...

Riding your Horse with Soft Hands

The ability to ride your horse with soft, quiet hands is the first step towards developing an even, elastic contact to the bit and, therefore, with the mouth of your horse. Between the need to guide your horse precisely through the exercises and controlling your own seat and...

The Real Definition of Impulsion in Dressage

Correct impulsion isn't only meant to look nice in the dressage arena, it's also a requirement of correct dressage training. In this article you'll see how correct impulsion looks, how to improve the movement of your horse, as well as 5 rules to keep in mind when...

The Walk of your Horse: An Underestimated Gait

Before warming up, during breaks in our training, when cooling down or simply while hacking out, the walk tends to be the gait that we ride our horses the most. But the truth is many riders don’t actually ride enough walk, or only use it as a...

Showjumping Distances: An International Guide!

Combinations and distances are an elementary part of the showjumping sport. If you don't know how many canter strides your horse needs for a certain distance or how big the canter stride of your own horse is, riding a course will be unnecessarily difficult. In order to ride combinations and distances confidently, it is important for the rider to know how to measure the distances between two jumps as well as how many strides are needed.

3 Tips for Better Timing of the Rider’s Aids

Does it sometimes feel that no matter what you do, you just can't seem to get your horse to understand what you want? You're not alone! Not only is the correct application of the riding aids important but the timing is also vital. Communicating quietly with your...

Jumping Cross Country: Staying in the Saddle, no Matter what Happens!

Jumping cross country can be dangerous. British eventing champion and German team trainer Chris Bartle holds seminars on the best ways to stay safe in the saddle when facing tricky situations on cross country courses, from slipping the reins to the "Oh shit!" position. We’ve uploaded a great...

Alizée Froment – The Art of Riding Bitless

Today we would like to introduce one of the most harmonious couples we've met, Alizée Froment and Mistral. She’s shown like no other rider that it’s possible to use one’s seat in such a way that Grand Prix movements can be executed through bitless riding. We have met...