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.
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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.
A dressage philosophy that emphasizes lightness. What do Philippe Karl and his students do differently?
A horse farrier is a professional who is trained to care for equine feet. He or she possesses knowledge in both biology and anatomy and has studied the physiological needs and makeup of horses at length.
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.
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.
Philippe Karl is world-famous for the Ecole de Légèreté (School of Lightness). The principles of his training are a classical alternative based on understanding, competence
While rules can be quite relaxed when you are just competing against friends, when you start competing at a more serious level, you need the right equipment.
Building a solid foundation upon which to build any process, product, relationship, or development is crucial in obtaining a final product that exudes excellence. Such is true of horsemanship.
Correct impulsion isn’t only meant to look nice in the dressage arena, it’s also a requirement of correct dressage training.
Nothing in the world compares to it. The degree of intimacy, the depth of connection, the feeling of being a single, unified moving part. It’s the one thing that improves your ability more quickly than anything else. It’s bareback 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.
Margie Goldstein-Engle is a true legend of horse riding. Not only has she recorded a world-record-high jump of 2,36m in 1987, she represented the U.S.
As an introduction, here are three tips from Kathrin Roida on how you can exercise your horse, for both beginners and advanced riders.
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.
If you are concerned with lunging your horse correctly, you will quickly encounter dogmatic disputes. With side reins or without, on the bit or not, with a bridle or a cavesson?
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.
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?
In this podcast episode, we are talking to Sabine Schut-Kery, the newly crowned Olympic Team Silver Medallist with the US Team. In addition to her
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu is an international Dressage Rider. With her horse “All In” she is the best Canadian in the FEI world ranking.She lives by the
Preparation is half the battle. This also applies to jumping exercises for horses. It is much more fun, and much safer for horse and rider, if you prepare yourself step by step and grow with your tasks.
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.
In this article, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of equine acupressure and will find out what this component of Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about and how it can be used to help horses.
Scott Cieslar has 20+ years experience as a professional nutritionist, receiving an MSc in physiology and nutrition from the University of Guelph. He started working
A horse bucking because he feels good is one thing but bucking under saddle is another, ranging from fairly harmless little bunny hops to terrifying bronc shows.
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.
Madelyn Houser, a.k.a. the Blonde and the Bay, is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and equestrian influencer. Maddie documents her journey with her now
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.
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.
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.
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.
Felicity Davies is a Horsemanship and Mindset Mentor, and an expert at helping both horses and humans feel confident, whenever and wherever. A former competitive
Cavaletti exercises are a great opportunity for horses of all ages and levels to get in some gymnastic work.
Flying changes are either inevitable in the jumping course or the next step to a more advanced dressage level. Either way, it is a wonderful feeling for the rider when the horse changes leads in canter by jumping energetic and powerful into the new direction.
If you are ready to take your show jumping to the next level, you need to concentrate on your jumping positions. You need to master three jumping positions if you want to be a top contender in the ring.
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