Category Archives: Riding Instruction

Five Steps to Straightness

My left hip is too far advanced and as a result my leg is crunched up, little man has too much bend in the neck and his left shoulder has drifted out. Time to fix our straightness. Continue reading

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Hand in glove: can wearing gloves make you a better rider?

I like gloves because I like my hands, and I particularly like my hands with the skin on – not ripped off by some leadrope or lunge rein. Also I hate the cold and I live in the U.K. so I have expensive gloves … Continue reading

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Engaging the hindquarters and lengthening the stride

The recent BD convention featured the training talents of the Academy Bartels. It was covered by an informative write-up in the most recent British Dressage magazine. There was some very refreshing talk of responsiveness and relaxation – a horse that … Continue reading

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Be your own Biomechanist: What to look for in your photos

If you can afford regular lessons with a good instructor you’re laughing. If not eyes on the ground or at least a video can be a real help. Even if all you have is the odd photo you can still … Continue reading

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Homework: lengthening without tension

For Sue and Claire, who don’t get off that lightly! Stride counting exercise to be done at walk, trot, canter and leg yield. 🙂 Choose two markers, tufts of grass or trotting poles and count the strides the horse takes … Continue reading

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