The basis for all riding: without flexion there is no bend, and without bending there is no straightening and gymnastics. So it’s important to learn
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Here are tips to help you get through winter whilst keeping your horse happy, healthy and sound. The appropriate warm-up, the right care as well as what you feed all have an impact on your horse in winter.
A dressage philosophy that emphasizes lightness. What do Philippe Karl and his students do differently?
The horse has helped man fight in battle. He has allowed man to travel vast distances. He has plowed our fields and raised our young, and in all this, he has shared with us his uncanny precision of grace, of movement.
Every horse is born unbalanced. If things go wrong on their own in the pasture, the horse can usually figure it out. However, when the
It’s time to train your eye for horse-friendly training! There has been criticism of dressage for years, and not always without reason… All too often
When training horses, staying motivated at all times can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you reach your goals and be happy in the saddle!
Alizée Froment has 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.
The speed trial is the final test during Working Equitation individual competitions and the next to last in team competitions. It is thrilling to watch a great horse and rider win this portion of the competition because it takes hard work for both.
The seat is important, versatile, changeable, and crucial in riding. It can be stable or flexible, secure or shaky, stiff or springy, harmonious or counterproductive.
Imagine your friend leading you up to a porta-potty-sized box, and telling you to get in. What would you say? How might you feel? What would you be thinking? And most importantly, would you get in?
With so many different kinds, how do you go about choosing a saddle pad that’s right for you? Master Saddler Tom Büttner in Dresden can tell you what to look for when choosing a saddle pad.
Table of Contents What is Cavaletti? Why is Cavaletti training important for your horse? How much Cavaletti training is good for your horse? What are
The Lipizzan is one of the oldest European horse breeds, known for its graceful appearance and its talent in classical dressage, the High School. It
What actually causes horse rearing and bucking? What triggers or causes these behaviors to occur, and are they as exciting as they are depicted to be?
The horse spine and back are one of THE most important parts of the body and are at least as sensitive as our own. If
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.
There are usually two groups of riders that deal with the chair seat problem: new riders at the beginning of their training, and many riding instructors teaching the basics.
Flaxseed oil is probably the most commonly used oil for horses. But what makes this oil so popular? In this article, you’ll learn everything you
There are two groups of riders that are concerned with preventing/avoiding the chair seat: students at the beginning of their experience as riders, and riding
“One of these days I’ll have to do something about my riding seat!” – who among us hasn’t thought this? Simply starting will help considerably.
Why is it that horses actually wear blankets, and is the act of turning out horses in the winter without a blanket an act of neglect, or is it the owner’s choice as to whether or not to fit their horses with this winter attire?
Flexibility. It’s one of our most important traits. Life is all about flexibility. Whether it’s preparing for a last-minute meeting, dealing with a change in plans for your dinner date, or simply embracing a spontaneous moment during this great adventure we call life, everyone needs to be flexible. Everyone needs to have a little bend. So do horses; especially in the complex arena of the world of dressage.
For most of us, salt licks are an integral part of stall accessories and are generally very popular with our four-legged friends. But it raises
In this article you will find out why paying more attention to your training in walk will help your riding, with the likelihood of making more advanced movements easier to ask for and achieve.
The Trakehner is among the world’s oldest horse breeds. It captivates with its elegant appearance, its unique temperament, and its talent as a sport horse.
There is great value to a successful start in a horse’s training, which is why Uta Gräf and her husband Stefan Schneider dedicate so much attention to this phase.
Lunging training over poles and Cavaletti is a particularly worthwhile exercise: your horse is stimulated to push off with more intent.
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.
A well-fitting saddle is worth its weight in gold! Unfortunately, the search for the right saddle is a topic that drives many riders to despair.
The discipline of show jumping is one of the three equestrian disciplines found at the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Cup Series, and the Nations Cup Series.
Choosing the right tack for your horse is just as important as a regular dentist and farrier checkups because a non-fitting saddle or bridle can cause much damage to the horse.
Are bandages or riding boots better to protect our horse’s legs? Or perhaps it would be healthier not to use them at all?
Nothing in life illustrates the human condition more profoundly than a person’s resilience—an individual’s ability to overcome the adversity they meet over the course of their life with grace; with fortitude.
Colic is a common gastrointestinal issue in horses that can not only lead to abdominal pain but potentially be life-threatening. But what exactly is colic
There is a unique serenity that one experiences when grooming horses; a certain quiet, a certain calm. For many of us, this can be the most relaxing part of our day.
If there was one ultimate test to gauge athleticism in humans, what might that test be? In the world of equestrian sports, the answer is clear, and that answer is Eventing.