Improve Your Riding

Teach your horse to stop

We should try to use as little unpleasantness as possible at every phase of horse training. Everyone thinks horses stop when you pull on the reins. However, before you apply pressure on the bit, bring your legs on and sit in the stand and relax… Read More »Teach your horse to stop

A Horse’s Memory

A lady bought a horse to one of my clinics and said, ‘I’m having trouble with flying changes. Can you teach him to change leads for me. I’m doing dressage and I need flying changes.’ There are many steps that lead to a correct flying… Read More »A Horse’s Memory

The Best Laid Plans

When I trained horses for a living, I rode between eight and fifteen horses every day. Each horse was at a different stage of training and each horse reacted differently on any particular day. Half the time I couldn’t even remember where I was up… Read More »The Best Laid Plans

Give a Little Bit

When I was about fourteen, one of my chores after school was to exercise our racehorse. My father always said, ‘Just sit quietly and canter him up the hill. Don’t take hold of him. He’ll pull if you take a firm grip and you won’t… Read More »Give a Little Bit

Mind Over Muscle

If you watch a week-old foal playing in the paddock, you’ll see that he already knows how to walk, trot, canter, do flying changes, turns, spins, levade, piaffe, passage, extended trot/canter/gallop and every other movement you ever dreamed of. When we ride, the problem we… Read More »Mind Over Muscle