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English Riding

Horse Illustrated covers anything you can think of related to English riding, including how-tos, tips from experts, discipline specifics, and more. Disciplines included are: dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, English halter and showmanship, hunt seat, jumping, and saddle seat. Many riders start out riding English (aka, hunt seat) and then progress into one of the disciplines above. Some of the topics covered include phases of jumping, how to get started in dressage or eventing, how to leg yield, perfecting the posting trot, improving your equitation, exercises with ground poles, counter bending the canter, get smooth flying lead changes, how to achieve better dressage tests, etc.

Try a Dressage Ride-a-Test Clinic

Heads up dressage, western dressage and event riders: Are you looking for a way to polish your skills and improve…

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Target Your Horse’s Warmup

A crucial part of preparing your horse for your goals is to keep in mind that he is an athlete.…

6 months ago

Exercises for Small Riding Spaces

The winter months can be tricky. It’s hard to keep your horse from getting bored with the repetition of ring…

7 months ago

Brush Up on Your Riding Aids

I’m a fan of the saying, “Your horse is doing his best with the information you provided.” It directs us…

11 months ago

Next Level: Tamie Smith On the Importance of Dressage

This past winter, Tamie Smith, winner of the 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*, focused heavily on dressage with…

11 months ago

Next Level: Tamie Smith On Fitness and Conditioning

Tamie Smith, winner of the 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5 aboard the 18-year-old German Sport Horse gelding Mai…

12 months ago

Advance Your Dressage Movements

There are places in every dressage test where even the humblest mount can score just as well as—or better than—the…

1 year ago

Improve Your Dressage Score

You trot down center line, ride the pattern of your dressage test, and soon receive your score. Your placing in…

1 year ago

Perfect Your Two-Point Position

Excerpt from The Athletic Equestrian, by Sally Batton and Christina Keim When your two-point seat is correct, you will have…

1 year ago

Canter Quality for Jumping

Many times, I have seen riders canter to the first jump of a course and have it be less than…

1 year ago