Fields!

Tuesday’s Tip! Fields! Now is the time of year to plan field maintenance. Sort out fencing, gates and gateways. Check your fencing is still sound after all the wind and rain we’ve had and replace or upgrade if necessary. Check that any electric fencing is still working well and that fixed attachments are not broken. Field shelters can be checked over (and cleaned out if you deep litter) and wood…

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Understanding

Tuesday’s Tip! Understanding As with most things in life, people understand and learn in differing ways. To be effective you need to work out how best you learn. When teaching I have to focus very hard on what styles of learning each person has and tailor the lesson and commands to the individual. I always try to explain the why so that the concept is understood and the pupil can…

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Lower Leg Forward

Tuesday’s Tip Working on a few positional problems. Up first: Forwards lower leg This is generally caused by tight inner thigh and/or hips. These are too tense and so pull your leg forwards and out of alignment. This also shifts your seat bones so they are not sat evenly on the saddle and can cause your trunk to lean slightly backwards. Ground and mounted stretches will help reseat your seat…

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Transitions – the solutions

Tuesday’s Tip! Transitions – the solutions This two parter will deal with the problems and solutions for transitions. Let me know if there are any other problems you have with your transitions! Recap – Lots of horses drop in downwards transitions and flatten in both upwards and downwards transitions. Riders collapse or get left behind and the rhythm is lost between paces. This can all be sorted out, and know…

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Transitions – the problems

Tuesday’s Tip! Transitions – the problems This two parter will deal with the problems and solutions for transitions. Let me know if there are any other problems you have with your transitions! Lots of horses drop in downwards transitions and flatten in both upwards and downwards transitions. Riders collapse or get left behind and the rhythm is lost between paces. This can all be sorted out, but first we need…

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Free walk, long rein

Tuesday’s Tip!   Last in the inspired by dressage judging set!   Free walk on a long rein.   This is another easy if you know what you are doing movement. But not everyone knows what the movement is really asking for. I saw a lot of dropped horses that collapsed and stopped working through from behind. There are double points for this movement for a reason 😉 We want…

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