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Better Riding Archive

You Have a New Horse, Now What?

The first horse is a dream fulfilled. Perhaps as a child you longed for a pony of your own but it was never a reality. But now, years later, you have a horse to call your own. Maybe you’ve just started looking for your special horse and are eagerly awaiting the day you bring them

One Exercise to Improve Your Sitting Trot

The sitting trot is a difficult gait for many to learn. It is not a gait you can muscle through, in fact the more you try to hold yourself in the saddle by gripping tighter the more you will end up bouncing. The more you bounce on the horse’s back the more they will tighten

How Do You Make the Most Out of the Time with Your Horse?

How do you make the most of the time you have to spend with your horse? I’d like you to take a moment and think about your answer… when you are with your horse or practicing your riding, what makes you feel as if it was time well spent? Time is our most valuable resource,

One Simple Warm Up Exercise to Start Your Ride

There is one thing we could all use more of – time! Especially when it comes to what we really enjoy, being with our horse and riding, it can seem as if we never have enough time to spend. You may long to ride five days a week, but right now, all you can fit

The Best Way to Dismount a Horse

It’s the end of your ride, time to hop off and head back to the barn… But what if it’s not quite that simple? The skill of dismounting is one that is often overlooked in teaching. It happens at the end of the ride, when practice time is essentially over. Plus it seems so simple,

No Stirrups November – will it help your riding?

No stirrups November. The month of the year that riders everywhere vow to drop their stirrups and brave the bouncing and sore legs to better their riding… But does dropping your stirrups really help you be a better rider? Or could it actually create bad habits? The answer depends on what you do when you

Why Fear is Meant to Help You, But How to Tell if it’s Holding You Back

You’re out on a trail ride, walking through the grass along the fence line when your horse spots it – a big piece of plastic caught on the fence and flapping in the wind. She stiffens and snorts, then starts dancing sideways. You know you have to get past this plastic to get back to

“Stop overthinking and just ride!” – Tips to Get Out of Your Head

You’re about to go into the canter. Your instructor has asked you to trot to the far side of the arena and then ask for canter in the corner. Your mind races with thoughts: What if my horse spooks at that bush… Sometimes he really jumps into canter, I hope he doesn’t do that this

How to Get a Stable Lower Leg

A stable lower leg position is what all riders strive for. We know that having a “good” lower leg will make us more effective and clear in our cues to the horse and help us to feel secure in the saddle. “Keep your leg still” is certainly common advice in riding lessons, but how do

Finding “Flow” In Your Riding – Creating Peak Performance

Think of a time when you were completely immersed in what you were doing. You lost track of time and you had no awareness of other thoughts or sensations, just the activity you were immersed in. For many equestrians, this feeling is of one of the greatest thrills of riding – getting lost in the