Better Riding Archive

Improve Your Stability in the Saddle by Riding “On Your Thigh”

I’ve made many changes and improvements to my riding over the years, but if I had to choose just one that has had the biggest impact overall, it was understanding the concept of riding “on my thigh”. What I mean is allowing my thigh to bear weight, but without tensing or gripping. This is especially

What To Do When You Aren’t Practicing Your Riding

Most of us don’t have as much time as we’d like to practice our riding. It can be frustrating to return to a lesson week after week and feel as though you don’t make much progress. Or to have an accident and be facing weeks of no riding time as you heal. Today I’ve got

Inspiration & Advice from Riders Just Like You

If you are feeling stuck, there is often nothing as inspiring as hearing from someone else who also experienced challenges, but was able to work through them. It is simply inspiring to learn from others about working through the unique challenges of riding, especially when you are starting out or re-joining the world of horses

What it’s like to ride a “Mechanical Horse”

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try out a “riding simulator”, and not just any simulator but a super fancy technical one – the Racewood Dressage Model. This is essentially a mechanical horse that walks, trots, canters, and even does flying lead changes! The simulator gave me instant feedback on my balance,

To Improve Your Riding, Change Your Patterns of Movement

To learn a new riding skill we need to understand the feeling we’re looking for as well as find a way to break our old habits and patterns of movement. Trying to do this cognitively only from verbal instruction (how riding is most often taught) isn’t always very effective. But when we can discover what

Learning from Different Instructors: How to Benefit from the Experience of Many While Avoiding Confusion

Last week, I visited the Horse World Expo, a local event that pulls in equine professionals from around the country. As I sat outside the various arenas listening and watching the different trainers, clinicians, and speakers teach riding and training exercises and horsemanship theories, I thought about the benefits of learning from different teachers, but

The “Big Picture” of Horsemanship

We all want to be better riders. We can picture ourselves riding confidently, our horse calm but responsive, as we canter through an open field, trot along a winding trail, soar over a brightly colored jump, or prance through the perfect leg yield. But the truth is… it takes work to get those “great rides”!

Achieve Your Riding Goals… the Easy Way

Have you ever set big goals for yourself but then watched your motivation fizzle, and your progress towards that goal come to a grinding halt? You can achieve your riding goals, by learning to create easy habits, no matter what your experience level or how much time you have. In the last few videos we’ve talked

Reflect on Your Riding and Plan Your Success

New Years. I love this holiday, and not just because of the New Years Eve parties. I see New Years as a time of fresh beginnings. A time to both look back and celebrate the successes of the year but also to look ahead and dream about the future, and then start putting a plan

Use Positive Reinforcement to Improve Your Riding

Positive reinforcement isn’t just important for your horse at the barn or for your dog at home. Positive reinforcement works for you too and it can make your riding better and the learning process a lot more fun. You don’t even have to change the way your riding instructor teaches. You can use positive reinforcement