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Better Riding Archive

How You Hold the Reins Can Make You Unbalanced

Did you know that how you hold the reins affects how balanced and stable you will be when your horse spooks or trips? Or that it also affects not just your rein contact but how fluidly your whole body is able to move in sync with your horse? Gripping the reins too tight or holding

Arm Position for Riders – Hands at the Withers?

A lot of riding advice is given as though every rider has the same type of body. Of course, we don’t – some of us have long arms, short arms, high waisted, petite, lanky, etc. For this reason, riding advice needs to be individual and alignment based. One piece of advice that is given to

Training Self Carriage in the way Horses Learn with Angelo Telatin

Whether jumping down a line, practicing dressage, or riding down the trail, we all want our horses to move with balance. We want them to be able to carry us with rhythm and ease, without slowing down, speeding up, rushing, throwing their head up, etc. Self carriage is where the horse can carry themselves this

5 Tips for Great Riding Posture

Good riding posture is important not for looking good, but for being a rider who is comfortable to carry, and can communicate clearly to the horse. To put it simply, the better our posture, the easier it is for our horses to carry us. In this video, I will go over 5 tips for better

Get Back on the Horse? 3 times NOT to do this

“Get back on the horse” isn’t just advice for riders, it’s become a saying for not giving up, being brave, and being resilient. But is getting back on always the best advice? In this video, I am going to share three times when you should NOT get back on the horse. One, even two of

How to Use the “Right” Cue at the Right Time

Outside leg, inside rein, less hand, lift the rein… How do you know which cue to use when to communicate with your horse from the saddle? How do the great riders seem to do so little, and get such clear responses from their horse? In today’s video, I describe the concept of becoming “fluent” in

Finding the ‘Right’ Stirrup Length

Are your stirrups too long? Are they too short? What actually is the right length for our stirrups? In today’s video, I’ll give you both the simple answer to this, and a few easy tips to determine your stirrup length. The full answer to what is the right stirrup length is a bit more complex

5 Questions to Ask Your Riding Instructor

Whether you are just learning to ride or honing your skills, having the right instructor is crucial to a great experience. I have been publishing riding education online since 2012, and am passionate about helping riders, whether they have a great local instructor and want more out of their lessons, live in an area where

How to Hold and Use a Whip While Riding

If you have ever ridden with a whip or riding crop and found it frustratingly difficult to just hold both the reins and the whip, let alone use either effectively to communicate with your horse, today’s video will be invaluable for you. I will share how and where to hold the whip that you may

Improve Your Riding – Even When You Can’t Ride

If you love riding, it probably feels as though you never get enough time in the saddle. Especially right now, as many barns are just reopening, and clinics, lessons, and shows have been canceled. There are so many priorities to pull our attention, but what if you could anchor your day with a few simple