6 simple breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and nerves when riding your horse


If you’re a rider who suffers with anxiety or nerves when you're riding your horse or getting ready to ride your horse. I've got some really simple, straightforward techniques around breathing that are going to help you to feel a little bit more relaxed, a little bit less stressed, and a little bit less anxious and nervous. Counting the breath So the first exercise is to breathe in for a count of five or six. Pause the breath and breathe out, counting for 8-9. Then you breathe in again, and keep counting slowly with each part of the breath. I [...]

6 simple breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and nerves when riding your horse2020-02-19T15:03:18+00:00

10 tips for building Rider Confidence


Confidence: Here are some of my top tips for developing and building your confidence around riding. Now it doesn't really matter to me whether you are a beginner rider, somebody who's been riding for a while and has had a break perhaps and now coming back to riding horses again, or it might be that you're a really experienced rider and you are maybe struggling about around jumping or going out competing. Your scenario isn't unique! I promise you that there are plenty of people out there who suffer with confidence issues. So I just wanted to share some of [...]

10 tips for building Rider Confidence2020-02-05T11:28:21+00:00

6 top tips to find the time to get riding this winter


Intro: Hi there, I wanted to talk to you about something I hear and have felt quite a lot at this time of year. We're coming towards the end of January and we're into the depths of winter, which is just the hardest work with horses. I wanted to talk to you about finding the time to ride because I know for lots of my clients it's a real challenge. People who are working full time jobs have families, have a life outside of horses. It can be really difficult to find the time to ride. So I wanted to [...]

6 top tips to find the time to get riding this winter2020-01-31T12:51:34+00:00

A Riding Instructor and a lightbulb moment


A Riding Instructor and a Lightbulb Moment No Riding Instructor is perfect! There's value in developing good communication skills, and reflecting on what worked & what didn't. As a Riding Instructor and Equestrian Coach, sometimes you just get those moments in lessons where the penny drops, and something you've been trying to improve for a while suddenly becomes clear. I had one of those moments this week. The client I was teaching has always struggled with riding her horse in left bend. Despite repeated prompts from me about her riding position, and the subtle changes that needed to be made [...]

A Riding Instructor and a lightbulb moment2019-12-06T21:03:08+00:00

All change!


Where do I even begin to start? The last few months have been an absolute whirlwind of madness & emotion. I have struggled to keep on top of things, and there are many gaps that I want to fill you all in on. At the end of May 2019, I left my job as Senior Lecturer in Equine Science and Programme Leader for the BSc(Hons) in Equine Science, Management and Training, which I had spent 3 years writing & delivering. I had been employed as an equine lecturer at Derby College for over 10 years, and while I have had [...]

All change!2019-07-05T09:31:52+01:00

So what’s holding you back?


Sometimes, riding & owning horses is really tough; I know, I'm with you. Now don't get me wrong, there are many many brilliant and rewarding things about having a life with horses, but sometimes it's really hard to get out of a low spell. Perhaps you've just bought a new horse and the honeymoon period has ended; things just aren't going as you had hoped they would and you're not entirely sure how to fix it... so your motivation to ride disappears. Maybe you've had a fall and lost your confidence (yes, I do know how that feels, [...]

So what’s holding you back?2019-02-15T20:44:06+00:00

Do you REALLY want to make progress with your riding?


Do you REALLY want to make progress with your riding? I ask this because many people I teach come to me because they are really, genuinely quite stuck (and I mean that in the nicest possible way!). It could be that they're struggling with something specific, either in their riding or with their horse. It could be that they don't feel like they're getting anywhere or reaching their goals. It could be that they've taken a real knock to their confidence. It could be that they really don't know how to move forward with their own, or their horse's training. [...]

Do you REALLY want to make progress with your riding?2019-02-08T12:20:46+00:00

November Madness!


What a month November turned out to be! Busy doesn't even come close to describing it all, what with teaching all hours God sends, alongside heading out for a whole heap of professional development events, I can safely say that I don't think I've ever worked as hard as this month! It has been brilliant though, from catching up with regular clients, to meeting new ones, to running fully booked clinics, to making plans for the future; I'm very very lucky to be able to work with such great horses & clients. I had initially planned to write loads of [...]

November Madness!2019-01-01T18:05:47+00:00


  Centaur Biomechanics Equine Sports Science Seminar – October 2018 It was a real pleasure to attend this conference day at Hartpury College; it’s just the kind of thing I love doing! It is so important to keep up-to-date with research and hear it “from the horse’s mouth” (sorry!), so that we can share knowledge and understanding around the industry. The two primary speakers, Prof. Lars Roepstorff and Dr. Rachel Murray, were highly experienced and knowledgeable, offering some fascinating insights into a range of topics. I couldn’t possibly explain everything I learned from the day (it’s even harder to try to [...]


Centaur Biomechanics Rider Workshop


So last weekend I attend one of two annual events hosted by Russell Guire's company Centaur Biomechanics. It was held at the Unicorn Trust in Gloucestershire, which was absolutely lovely (although a day spent on wooden benches wasn't the most comfortable, but they had pre-warned us so I was a proper middle-aged woman and nicked the sofa cushions to take with me!). The clinic was presented by International List 1 dressage judge, Stephen Clarke, who has judged Charlotte & Valegro at the Olympic Games, so has a bit of an idea about this dressage lark... The format of the day [...]

Centaur Biomechanics Rider Workshop2018-08-26T12:28:19+01:00