English Riding

Q: When I ask my horse for a flying lead change, she makes quite the production; however, she does the change. She can do a simple change without any drama, but flying changes are preferred for hunters. What do...
Practicing cantering in jumping position over ground poles is one way to help develop your eye for distances without wearing your horse out over jumps. Q: I ride a wonderful horse, but I just can’t seem to get a consistent...
Not everyone can afford a set of custom-made jumps, and there’s nothing wrong with creating your own fences, but safety is still key, no matter how creative you get. Some fences are never safe to use for jumping. These...

The Flying Change Formula

Does your horse seem clueless when you ask for a flying lead change? Then you have my sympathy. Whether your riding goals are connected to hunters, reining or other riding sports, few challenges are more frustrating than working with...
Use cones to mark where you should change speed when practicing interval training (see Exercise 2 below). We have all seen a rider kicking her horse, red in the face from effort, getting nowhere, and thought to ourselves it looked...
Q: I receive comments on my dressage tests indicating that my horse is too rushed. How do I fix his tempo? A: Rhythm denotes the timing and sequence of the footfalls for each gait, while tempo refers to the...

Creating Contact for Dressage

Q: On my last dressage test, the judge wrote "inconsistent contact.” I know contact is one of the foundations of dressage; how do I keep it consistent? A: Contact is the point where rider’s hands feel the horse’s mouth,...
Q: My horse has a tendency to completely ignore me at the canter. He shoves his head out and forward, opens his mouth to evade the bit, and runs off. Usually I’m heading to a jump when he gets...
Love them or hate them, flat classes are part of every hunter rider’s world. Bad transitions, blown leads and the dreaded spook in the corner are common mistakes committed in the ring. Fortunately, there are things you can you...
If you’ve ever found yourself approaching a fence with apprehension, or perhaps have had a bad fall or negative experience while jumping, you’re not alone in your jumping fears. Don’t lose hope. There are steps you can take and...
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