Accuracy – Circles

Tuesday’s Tip! As promised something related to the tests I judged on Saturday. Accuracy – specifically, CIRCLES Accuracy is incredibly important, especially in dressage tests. That is why making accurate movements can boost your scores so significantly. Accuracy helps keep balance, rhythm and impulsion, and gives you time to set up well. With circles what is possibly the number one thing to think about is even-ness of the shape –…

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Set a New Goal

Tuesday’s Tip! Set a new goal for the year. Setting a fresh long term goal will help guide your training for the year and will help you plan out any events or training clinics you want to go to. Set something achievable, and don’t forget to break it down into smaller bitesize goals that you can achieve throughout the year! Don’t forget to check if you managed to achieve your…

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Taking Time

Tuesday’s Tip!   Taking time.   When schooling or doing groundwork with your horse, take time to let them relax, whether that be at the start of the session or part way through. Giving them a few minutes to relax will increase their focus and will be less frustrating in the long run! If you are working on difficult things, don’t forget to give them time to recover, especially if…

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Schooling a horse for a set amount of time

Tuesday’s Tip! I’ve made a new tip for this week, and the scheduled tip will appear next week instead! This week’s tip was inspired by a schooling session I had this morning. It is a regular schooling session of two green ponies and I had such a differently good session with both of them I wanted to share this tip with you all. Schooling a horse for a set amount…

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Straightness on a line

Bit of a delayed Tuesday’s Tip! I’m afraid, I’ve had a very busy week schooling ponies and spent all of yesterday attending my Equine Specific First Aid refresher course to retain my First Aid qualification, which I am pleased to announce that I passed 🙂 This week’s tip is another break in the seat series and is quite short, so pay attention 😉 Tuesday’s Tip! Straightness on a line. When…

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Seat series part 4 – sitting trot 2

Apologies for the late posting – I’ve had a super busy day! Thursday’s Tuesday’s Tip! Seat series part 4 – sitting trot 2 This tip will suggest some exercises to improve your sitting trot. First off, how to work out which muscles are being used and what the movement is. Find a wall, and do what is called a “wall sit”, you don’t have to do this for long so…

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