Why every horse owner needs to know the basics of horse management and care There’s no doubt about it, owning a horse is a major responsibility and their care and management are ultimately in your hands at all times. Horses can be complicated and it is true to say that every day is a learning day when you have a horse in your care! Even the most experienced of horse owners can learn something new and expand their knowledge. We will never be in a situation where any single horse owner ‘knows it all’. Although we will never be [...]
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How to overcome competition nerves when riding your horse Many riders struggle with competition nerves, whether they are just starting out or are experienced competitors. You may attend competitions and compare yourself to other riders competing who look cool, calm, and collected but often what you see on the surface is not necessarily the true picture. Competition nerves can be debilitating, at best prevent riders from achieving peak performance, and at worst end in falls or eliminations. It can be so frustrating when you are able to feel so relaxed and comfortable riding in the comfort of [...]
8 Top Tips for Nervous Horse Riders Every rider feels nervous from time to time. It is all part and parcel of taking part in a sport where your partner just happens to be 10 times your size, with an unpredictable mind of their own. Most non-horsey people think we are mad and there have been certain odd occasions where I have questioned the reality of riding myself. Our nerves can kick in at any given time which is especially true when stretching out of our comfort zone. Feeling nervous occasionally is no bad thing since it [...]
11 Ways to get more confident when hacking out with your horse So many riders are nervous about hacking their horses out. There is an element of unpredictability which makes many riders worry about what might happen. There are so many possibilities and surprises that can occur out on a hack that it is no wonder many riders find the prospect quite daunting. There are many reasons why horse riders can find hacking a scary prospect: Road Routes - too many moving vehicles, inconsiderate drivers, shiny slippy concrete Off-road routes or hacking alone - what if an [...]
9 Ways to get your riding confidence back after falling off your horse Falling from a horse can be a scary experience and can often change the way we feel about our riding in the blink of an eye. Injuries are common from falls and it is true to say that physically we can potentially do a lot of damage from hitting the deck. Injuries from the incident more often than not heal with time and care, but the experience can stay with us for a long time after the event. One of [...]
Stretching whilst in the saddle can be highly beneficial for horse riders. It can help to improve suppleness, flexibility, and balance ensuring you have the ability to ride in harmony with your horse and be as one. Stretching whilst in the saddle is just as important as stretching out of the saddle and taking part in both can be a good combination. Pelvic and hip flexibility is particularly important for horse riders and is a crucial part of effective riding. Other areas of the body such as the shoulders and back can also benefit from regular stretching whilst in the [...]
As so many of us try to fit our horses and riding in and around work, family life, and a whole host of other activities we often forget about working and improving on ourselves both mentally and physically. It is important we change our body from work, mucking out mode, etc…. into riding mode which can often seem like a time-consuming or daunting task. It is however much easier and less time-consuming than you would expect. Even 10-15 mins a day taking part in specific stretches for horse riders can make a world of difference. It’s amazing how taking part [...]
Would you love to be able to improve your dressage marks or move up a level? Perhaps you would like some help introducing some lateral movements into your schooling sessions? Work on adjustability in the paces? Or get some pre-competition feedback on your dressage test? If you’re a rider who loves dressage, then remote rider video coaching can help you improve your skills so that you can achieve your dressage goals! Let’s take a closer look at what video coaching is, and how it can help you improve your dressage! What is online rider video coaching [...]
Would you love to be able to jump more double clears? Perhaps you’d like to achieve a more balanced, adjustable canter? It could be that you’re struggling to see a stride and need to improve this before you can move up a level. If you’re a rider who loves show jumping, then remote rider video coaching can help you improve your skills so that you can achieve your jumping goals! Let’s take a closer look at what video coaching is, and how it can help you improve your showjumping rounds! What is online rider video coaching [...]
15 Ways to get your confidence back when riding your horse If you’ve lost your riding confidence, here are my top tips to help you get back on your horse, and feel more positive and confident. Start where you are right now Forget about comparing what you used to be able to do, or what you think you ‘should’ be able to do. Accept that you are not feeling as confident as you would like, and commit to doing something about it. Decide what you want to do What is your goal? What do [...]