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What to do if you’re scared to jump your horse

2021-01-22T08:16:22+00:00

What to do if you’re scared to jump your horse Jumping your horse can be exhilarating and loads of fun however many riders are scared to jump their horses. It is more common than you may think and even the most competent of riders can often be nervous about leaving the ground. Navigating jumps adds a physical element into the mix which does not always sit right with some riders and can cause fear and anxiety at just the thought of it. A scared or nervous rider does not always bring out the best in their horse and can [...]

What to do if you’re scared to jump your horse2021-01-22T08:16:22+00:00

Why every horse owner needs to know the basics of horse management and care

2021-01-22T08:04:19+00:00

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 [...]

Why every horse owner needs to know the basics of horse management and care2021-01-22T08:04:19+00:00

How to overcome competition nerves when riding your horse

2021-01-07T11:35:44+00:00

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 [...]

How to overcome competition nerves when riding your horse2021-01-07T11:35:44+00:00

8 Top Tips for Nervous Horse Riders

2021-01-07T11:38:27+00:00

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 [...]

8 Top Tips for Nervous Horse Riders2021-01-07T11:38:27+00:00

7 Stretches You Can Do On Your Horse To Improve Your Riding Position

2020-12-17T13:50:13+00:00

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 [...]

7 Stretches You Can Do On Your Horse To Improve Your Riding Position2020-12-17T13:50:13+00:00

5 stretches to improve balance, symmetry, and security when riding your horse

2020-12-09T08:30:07+00:00

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 [...]

5 stretches to improve balance, symmetry, and security when riding your horse2020-12-09T08:30:07+00:00

What to look for in a horse riding instructor

2020-10-21T13:45:47+01:00

It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or a seasoned professional attending horse riding lessons can be highly beneficial for both you and your horse. Horse riding is a continuous learning phase and most definitely worth the investment. Many horse owners choose not to take lessons and therefore can often become stuck in a rut. It can often be difficult to fully focus and truly reach your goals when you are trying to do it alone. Having the support of a qualified instructor can make a huge difference to your riding success and can help you overcome mental [...]

What to look for in a horse riding instructor2020-10-21T13:45:47+01:00

6 exercises to help keep your heels down when riding  

2020-06-01T21:36:19+01:00

Maintaining a good lower leg position with the heels a little lower than your toes, is important for so many reasons:  To be able to apply leg aids effectively and correctly  To help you stay on board and secure if the horse is excitable  To help build a balanced, symmetrical, independent seat  Lots of riders struggle to keep their heels down, and have a tendency to draw their heels up as they use their legs, gripping and nagging with each stride. So, here are my favourite exercises to help you lengthen your legs and achieve better foot position:  Start with your seat!   [...]

6 exercises to help keep your heels down when riding  2020-06-01T21:36:19+01:00

How far have you come?

2020-05-16T14:22:05+01:00

How often do you actually look back and see how far you have come? It’s really easy to get lost in the noise and lose perspective on your journey towards confidence. Start keeping a log/diary/journal of your achievements, so that you can reflect on all the hard work, commitment and positive progress you have made over time. It could be over a week, month or years.   Your starting point is not important, it’s the process you follow, and the progress you make which matters.   Start creating your story, and use it to boost your confidence.  Come and join my Crack the Confidence [...]

How far have you come?2020-05-16T14:22:05+01:00

Celebrate your wins

2020-05-16T14:17:32+01:00

How often do you celebrate your riding achievements? I mean, really celebrate and acknowledge what you have done? I know many riders that will, when congratulated, reply with “Thank you, but {insert horse’s name] was brilliant today” or “Thank you, but it was really messy” or “ I could have done X, Y, Z better” or “God, it felt awful”. Sound familiar?  How about acknowledging that YOU made X happen? Regardless of how big or small, you need to start taking responsibility for the things that go RIGHT as well as WRONG.  I want you to find a whole list of ways in [...]

Celebrate your wins2020-05-16T14:17:32+01:00
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