English Riding

There is an undeniable elegance in hunt seat riding. Despite the inherent risks involved with jumping a horse, it’s aesthetically beautiful: horse and human taking flight together. But let’s be honest. Posers who are merely propped up on their...
Bits have been used by riders to control their horses for thousands of years. From a simple leather strap to ornate iron contraptions, humans have tried what seems like every possible design. The two primary types of bits used...
When facing jumps, horses can run into a lot of issues, both big and small. For some horses it’s distances, and for others it’s straightness. And as we all know, jumps can pose quite the mental hurdle for riders...
Boyd Martin and Remington XXV jump into The Hollow at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Few things compare to the thrill of galloping around a cross-country course on a well-schooled horse. Introducing your horse to the challenges of cross-country...
Work at the collected trot to teach your horse to engage his hindquarters. Q: When I do flying lead changes with my gelding, Jazz, he only swaps with his front legs. I realize now that I tried to teach him...
Q: I am new to riding dressage, but am wondering how to adjust the noseband. Should it be tight or loose? A: It’s important to know the rules of competition in any discipline so you can apply them at...
Riding outside most often proves to be one of the surest accelerants of dressage training. First, there is no better test of your dressage mastery than to take it on the trail. Asking for your horse’s responsiveness and skills...
Q: I have been working with a green horse over 2'6" fences, and when he lands he pulls his head down, taking me with him, even when I start out secure in the saddle. What can I do to...
In Part I of Dressage Mysteries Solved, dressage clinician, author and three-time Olympic coach Jane Savoie outlined the connecting aids required for putting your horse on the bit: Close your legs on the horse...
What does it look like when my horse is on the bit?   Hindquarters: "You want to see active hindquarters and your horse stepping well under himself," says Savoie. ...
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