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Have you been using your lunging whip incorrectly? Have you decided not to use it at all? Your lunging whip is one of the best aids you have to help you clarify your communication when it comes to lunging your horse. However, in order for it to be of benefit, it must be used correctly. And, unfortunately, the lunging whip can often be misused, and often, therefore, misunderstood when it comes to aids in lunging and riding. Lunging Whip; What’s in a Name? For many riders, their resistance to and incorrect use of the lunging whip is caused by the name we have given this piece of equipment. I have a feeling that if a lunging whip was called a pointer or a demonstrator, it would ‘feel’ different for many riders to incorporate it into their conversation with their horse. Read more...   Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess    Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191   Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways   Additional Resources:- Improving Your Riding Coordination & Aids While Lunging Loose Lunging Versus Lunging Lunging for Riding – 4-week step by step program to transform your lunging experience
Do you know that, contrary to popular belief, lunging is not ‘running in circles’? That, when done right, lunging is one of the most beneficial, easy to use, and low barrier to entry tools you can work with your horse to improve your riding. True and good quality lunging improves both horse and rider; and can be used by all horses and riders, regardless of where they are in their riding journey. Yes, it is that good… This is why I feel a little passionate when people confuse loose lunging for actual lunging! In fact, I don’t believe that loose lunging should even be called lunging. What it should e called depends on what you are using it for… But it is not lunging. Read More... Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess  Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191 Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Additional Resources:- Improving Your Riding Coordination & Aids While Lunging Lunging for Riding – 4-week step by step program to transform your lunging experience Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses)
Self carriage is something a lot of riders have on their ‘goals’ list for their horse. As though it is something that can be achieved once and ‘ticked off'. Done and dusted. If only… I believe that self carriage is a sign of development and growth in both horse and rider. A start in the sharing of responsibilities that lead to the desired outcome. Each team member realizing that it truly does take a team effort in order to make real and lasting progress. And yet, so often, the rider can get in the way and actually hinder the horse's training when it comes to self carriage. Read More...   Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess    Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191   Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways   Additional Resources:- Improving Your Riding Coordination & Aids While Lunging Lunging for Riding – 4-week step by step program to transform your lunging experience Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses)
It is one of the most frustrating experiences as a rider when you notice that you’ve stopped improving. Progress has stalled! You’re doing ‘all the things’ but, seemingly, to no avail whatsoever. This is a commonplace that all riders can find themselves in at some point or another. And the good news is that there are things you can begin doing today that will help you get moving and improving as a rider soon. 6 Questions For When You've Stopped Improving Read More...     Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess    Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191   Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Additional Resources:- Overcoming a Plateau in Your Horse Riding Progress A Map for Progress in Your Riding      
It can feel bumpy, right? A little more space than what you’re used to feeling. And, if there are two or more poles, well, it can all get a little unbalanced! For you and your horse. I preach all the time about the benefits of groundpoles when used correctly. And, one of those benefits comes from riders learning what to do when navigating them. Groundpoles are, well, Poles! One of the first issues riders come up against when working over groundpoles is that they treat them like they’re not there. They are. And all of the bumpy, unbalanced, sometimes discomfort, you are feeling when you ride over them is evidence of that! Expecting to initially ride over groundpoles and not do a thing differently is simply setting both you and your horse up for an uncomfortable experience. As your horse steps over the pole, he will use his body differently. He has to lift his legs higher. Yes, 4 to 5 inches is still higher. He will also have to step under himself a little more to propel himself forward. This is especially true if there are two or more poles for him to navigate. He will engage his core. A little like ’tightening up his tummy’ as he moves over them. And he will stretch down and forward with his head and neck to see what he is doing, to balance, and to allow the freedom of movement the rest of his body needs. All of the above is one of the reasons groundpoles are so beneficial for your horse, regardless of discipline or training level. Read More... Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess  Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191 Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Additional Resources:- Improving Your Riding with Your Light Seat 1 Simple Groundpole Exercise to Ride This Week with Your Horse Top 3 Mistakes when It Comes to Groundpoles
Have you ever ridden in an open space, a large open space? A space with no boundaries, or fences, or hedges, or any natural 'this is the end of this space' obstacles. It takes a lot more focus to ride accurate shapes and straight lines. We tend to 'wander'... So many of us forget how beneficial an artificial aid the boundary our arena rail creates. Not only does the arena rail or fence mark the 'end' of our riding space, but it also boosts our confidence; "He can't run away, there's nowhere to go" And it also helps us as an artificial aid. Something that will help us to strengthen and become more focused with our natural aids. Size Doesn’t Matter All That Much Last week I was working with a rider on another farm, and we didn't have the luxury of a demarcated arena. We were working in a large paddock, which was wonderful. However, the 'fence' was quite a bit away from us. The exercise was to ride a 20m square in the walk. What became apparent, very quickly, was that without reference points, the square was not all that square! The size was changing, there were curved lines. It definitely lacked right angles at the corners. And, rather than riding the exercise to work on what we actually wanted to work on, all of the rider's time was devoted to trying to actually visualize the square on the grass in this large paddock. Riding straight lines is a difficult thing to do when there’s nothing guiding you and keeping you on track. The good news is that the size of your arena is not what’s important here. A 20m x 20m space can be great when working on accuracy and suppleness. What is important is how you use the arena rail to being strengthening your natural aids. This is for those times when you find yourself without an arena rail to follow… Read More... Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess  Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191 Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Additional Resources:- Using Artificial Aids when Working with Horses Artificial Aids in Your Riding
You know that feeling when you try something new and you get it right. Maybe your trainer or instructor is with you. Or maybe you just prepared. But, for whatever reason, you got it right. You feel like a better rider. Good feeling, hey?  Until the next time you try… Maybe on your own. A couple of days later. Aaaannnnndddd nothing! Whatever it was that allowed you to create the perfect circumstances before is now missing and you’re back to square one. And a thirsty square one, because now you have tasted the potential of this new thing! Leveling up in riding is a tough one for many riders. And I believe it is because they don’t take the 3 factors necessary to be upgraded into their approach. Emotional, mental, and physical. Conversations of a Better Rider... I think as riders, we often underestimate the conversations going on in our heads. We don’t take into account the ongoing chatter that our mind creates when we do ‘the thing’. Which can have a serious impact on what is happening in the saddle. You can upgrade the skills. Even upgrade the knowledge of what to do with these skills. But if you don’t upgrade what you think about it; nothing will change It is a harsh fact and one that holds so many riders back. However, mindset is just one element that can hold you back from becoming a better rider… And, as I said, if all 3 are not being developed together, it creates a ceiling for you and your riding. Read More... Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess  Join Connection; The Online Membership for Equestrians Connection; Success has a Rhythm - Make Every Ride Great starting Today! Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191 Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Additional Resources:- Developing and Celebrating Your Unique Style as a Rider Riding & Acting; The Connection Developing a Rhythm for Your Progress in the Saddle What’s Your Riding Number? Connection; My Online Membership for Equestrians
Timing... It's an important element of great conversations.  You can give all the correct responses, but if the timing is off - they are not as meaningful.   And this affects the connection and flow. Horse riding is the same. After all, horse riding is just a word we use to describe the conversation between the rider and the horse. As a rider, it takes time to learn how to move one part of our body while having minimal influence on other parts.  Part of improving your ability to do this is to work on developing your aids independently of each other.  And the other part is to become very aware of what you are saying and when. It takes time to develop your independent aids and, as a result, your independent seat. However, while you are working on doing these, you can also start to become more aware of when you are communicating.  You can work on the timing of your seat aids. In this episode, I want to focus on the 'when' part of your conversation.  And specifically, the aid that we tend to get most muddled up about - your seat. Read More... Additional Resources:- Conscious Transitions Between Walk & Trot Connection in Your Riding; Seat and Legs FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Join Connection Today Online Community for Equestrian focusing on Planning and Mindset Lunging for Riding
Landing on the correct diagonal can be hit and miss for many riders. Let’s face it, there’s a chance you’ll get it right 50% of the time! And while most riders are pretty well versed on their diagonals in the trot… It’s ‘feeling’ the diagonal that causes confusion. Trotting has a two-time beat. The 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2 that you experience and feel when you’re in the saddle. If you do sitting trot, it will result in a sit,sit,sit,sit,sit,sit,sit,sit rhythm. However, most riders can ‘tire’ a little when it comes to riding a constant sitting trot! And so, we learn to post or rise in the trot. The 1,2,1,2,1,2 is matched with an up,down,up,down,up,down of the riders backside. The rhythm of up-downs and the rhythm of the trot are a perfect match. The Correct Diagonal The reason your horse creates the 1,2, rhythm in the trot is because of how he moves his legs while he is trotting. The right-back foot moves with the front left foot. This is the ‘1’ part of the rhythm. Then the left-back foot moves with the right front foot. This is the ‘2’ part of the rhythm. The trot is very ‘even’ with regards to what is moving where… This is also the reason it can be hard to ‘feel’ what diagonal you are on at any given point! The correct diagonal is when you are moving with the inside hind leg - and, by association, outside front leg - of your horse. There is a little rhyme, ‘rise and fall with the shoulder by the wall’. That about sums it up. As your horse's outside shoulder is forward, you want to be ‘up’. As this shoulder moves back, you want to be down. I have a post and an episode HERE about how to identify the correct diagonal through sight and voice... Read More... Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess  Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191 Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Additional Resources:- The Correct Diagonal in Trot Conscious Transitions Between Walk & Trot Rising or Posting in Trot 3 Mistakes Riders Makes when Riding the Sitting Trot Avoiding the Trampoline Effect in the Sitting Trot Join Connection Today Lunging for Riding
It can often sound like a jackhammer... Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  Instead of the 1,2,3...1,2,3...1,2,3... that the canter should produce when you listen for the rhythm.  And once either a horse or a rider has become 'used' to a different way, it can be a real challenge to get things back on track.  Or on beat, as the case is when the rhythm is lost in the canter. Some things are taken for granted when we ride horses.  Rhythm is very often one of those things.  And many riders think that, if there is a regular enough repeating sound, rhythm is good.  But sometimes, the rhythm itself is not right.  And when this happens, no further development can happen within the gait until this is corrected. The Rhythm in Canter I am sure that you are well aware of the fact that your canter should have a 3 beat rhythm.  I am going to also assume here that you understand what causes this gait to have 3 beats (as opposed to 4 or 2 like walk or trot). However, what many riders fail to realize is that rhythm in the canter can be lost without your horse becoming disunited behind!  I mention the disunited behind because this is one of the most talked-about and common ways for the canter to develop a 4-time beat.  However, let's assume here that your horse is indeed united in the canter. All feet are moving where they should be.  And yet, you're just not hearing that distinctive 3-time beat...  Now what?  Read More... Connect with Lorna Connect on Instagram @stridesforsuccess https://instagram.com/stridesforsuccess Connect on Facebook https://facebook.com/stridessuccess  Join the Free Private Communities Connect in the Mindset & Fitness for Equestrians Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SFS30DayRiderFitnessChallenge Connect in the Virtual Stable Lounge Private Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1499737810323191 Download Your Free Riding Plan:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Additional Resources:- Your Aids to Ride the Half Halt Using Your Body to Effectively Influence the Canter Learning to Stop Blocking with Your Seat – Part 1 Learning to Stop Block with Your Seat - Part 2 Learn to Stop Driving with Your Seat Connection in Your Riding; Seat and Legs Your Independent Seat is a Result of Your Independent Aids 4 Steps to a More Comfortable Canter Join Connection; The Online Membership for Equestrians Lunging for Riding
What has changed for you in your riding? If you are not intentionally making a small (or the odd large) tweak here and there, I’m willing to guess that your answer is ‘Not a whole lot’… Albert Einstein said it and there’s a reason it is repeated by people who try to help others. “Insanity; doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. But it seems that there are a lot of riders out there who think this doesn’t apply to them. They're riding the same exercises, the same way.  The same thoughts running the show - and then complain when nothing changes! If you want to change something in your riding, you are going to have to do just that… Change something.  Be intentional about doing something differently. Choosing 1 Thing to Do Differently Now, if you have just had an ah-ha moment, or I’ve hit a bit of a nerve, hold on… Many riders, when they realize that they are the very thing holding themselves back, throw themselves headfirst into change. New saddle, new exercises, new routine, and schedule. New instructor, new yard, or, maybe, new horse! Whoa there… If you change everything at once, how will you know what has worked? Read More... Additional Links to Help You:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways 1. Planning Your Rides - Part 1 Fun 2. Planning Your Rides - Part 2 Partnership 3. Planning Your Rides - Part 3 Training 4. Planning Your Rides - Part 4 One Exercise Multiple Ways Lunging for Riding Online Community for Equestrian focusing on Planning and Mindset Stop Wasting and Start Investing Time with Your Horse What’s Your Number in Your Riding? A Plan for 7 Days in Your Riding Plan Your Ride with These Simple Steps Transform the Next 12 Weeks in Your Riding Connection; the Online Membership for Equestrians
Have you been feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to finding exercises to ride with your horse in the arena? Have you found yourself creating more and more complex grids, and then struggling to make them work for you and your horse? If so, here is a simple exercise you can use this month to help minimize the overwhelm and get you in the saddle and making progress. All you need are 3 or 5 ground poles and a fairly flat piece of land to ride on if you don’t have access to an arena. The key to this exercise is intention regarding what you are doing and attention to how well things are going. Attention to detail is important when working on simple. It is what makes simple really work and help propel you and your horse forward in your training. Lay Out the Poles for the Exercise To get set up, find the quarter line of your arena. If you are working in an open space, such as a paddock or field, simply find a flat area with enough space to lay the poles out in a straight line. Read More... Additional Links to Help You:- FREE Download:- 1 Exercise Multiple Ways Planning Your Rides - Part 1 Fun Planning Your Rides - Part 2 Partnership Planning Your Rides - Part 3 Training Lunging for Riding Online Community for Equestrian focusing on Planning and Mindset Stop Wasting and Start Investing Time with Your Horse What’s Your Number in Your Riding? A Plan for 7 Days in Your Riding Plan Your Ride with These Simple Steps Transform the Next 12 Weeks in Your Riding Connection; the Online Membership for Equestrians
Is every 30-minute ride starting to look and feel the same for you? Even the ones that you painstakingly chose exercises to work on? Annoying, isn’t it? Especially because actually ‘moving forward' in your riding is the reason you are riding! If this is the case, firstly, take heart that you’re not alone! Remaining focused throughout the day to day riding can really begin to wear on most well-intentioned riders after a while. And can even cause riding to begin dropping off your list of priorities…! This is why I suggest a 3 pronged approach to developing your weekly riding plan in a way that keeps things interesting and moving forward... A plan that will take you, clearly, on a path to your goals. Part 1 is to introduce regular intentional Fun to your riding. From there, Part 2 is working on deepening your Partnership with your horse. Which leads us to... Part 3 - Developing Doing the work. This is part that most riders are good at talking about, planning about, and even trying in the arena. You have probably found yourself on more than one occasion in the arena, exercise all mapped out in your head. And yet realizing, in absolute dismay, that it is just not coming together for you. The key is to begin making ‘the work’ actually work for you and your horse! Developing is another name for training. I personally believe that both horse and rider need training in order to move forward in their relationship. Often, most horse and rider combinations begin with one team member not being as advanced as the other. In this case, the more advanced or developed team members will help to ‘lift’ the other to their level. The schoolmaster horse or the more experienced rider. However, at some point, most horse and rider partnerships will reach a level where they are now matching in their skills and abilities. And this can be where so many begin to plateau. Read More... Additional Links to Help You:- Planning Your Rides - Part 1 Fun Planning Your Rides - Part 2 Partnership Lunging for Riding Online Community for Equestrian focusing on Planning and Mindset Stop Wasting and Start Investing Time with Your Horse What’s Your Number in Your Riding? A Plan for 7 Days in Your Riding Plan Your Ride with These Simple Steps Transform the Next 12 Weeks in Your Riding Connection; the Online Membership for Equestrians
How many days will you ride this week? What will you do on each of those days? Are all of these things moving you and your horse closer to your goals? Big questions… And ones that I think not enough riders are taking responsibility for in their riding. This is part 2 of a 3 part series to help you really become intentional about your riding plan.  Each part is an important element that, I believe, is absolutely essential for you in your riding. It is when you combine these three elements on a weekly basis, weaving them throughout your rides, that you will begin to see true success in your riding. Part 1 was Fun. The reason most people show up for their second-ever ride. And the reason most riders actually stop riding as much as they like. It just isn’t as much fun anymore. Find out how and why you can make Fun an intentional part of your riding plan HERE Part 2 - Partnership It seems so, well, obvious. Partnership. However, because it is so obvious, like fun, many riders forget to actually be intentional about developing this in their riding and relationship with their horse. Partnership is trust. It is the relationship. A partnership is the ‘liking each other’ part that will be essential to get you both over any sticky situations that show up. It is intentionally developing the understanding between horse and rider. This allows you not only to trust each other more but also to build confidence in your own abilities as well. Ever noticed how you feel more confident about something you must-do if you have someone who supports you there beside you? That is a partnership. Read More... Additional Resources for Riders:- Planning Your Rides - Part 1 Fun Online Community for Equestrian focusing on Planning and Mindset Stop Wasting and Start Investing Time with Your Horse What’s Your Number in Your Riding? A Plan for 7 Days in Your Riding Plan Your Ride with These Simple Steps Transform the Next 12 Weeks in Your Riding Connection; the Online Membership for Equestrians
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy… Or so the saying goes. I tend to believe this is true. Especially when it comes to riders and their horses. Yes, ‘working’ is important. But, if you are only riding to ride… Well, maybe that is what is actually holding you back in your riding? I think that in order to really get the most from your riding plan to help you reach your goals, there are 3 key components. Not just work! Fun is just as important. And if you have been riding for any length of time, you will know that fun begins to wane after a while. One of the biggest reasons that riders don’t ride as much as they say they want to - is down to riding simply not being as much fun as it once was! Creating a plan for your riding is not just about the days you ride. It is also about finding a balance between 3 key elements that, I believe, are essential. Including these 3 elements will allow you to work towards your riding goals, while keeping things inspired, focused and interesting for all involved. Because, after all, that’s what Team Leaders do, right?! Read More... Additional Resources to Help Equestrians:- Free 4 Day Workshop in my Equestrian Mindset Fb Group Stop Wasting and Start Investing Time with Your Horse What's Your Number in Your Riding? A Plan for 7 Days in Your Riding Plan Your Ride with These Simple Steps Transform the Next 12 Weeks in Your Riding Connection; the Online Membership for Equestrians
We are all guilty of wasting time at some point or another in our day to day lives. However, I want to challenge you for 1 month to NOT waste any more of your time with your horse. Riding for the sake of saying you rode is a waste of time. Clocking in the hours is not the same as being productive with those hours. And if you have stopped riding or you’re not riding as much as you ‘want’… Could it be that the riding you were doing was ‘wasting time’ rather than working towards something that really inspired you? Change is Okay & Maybe Necessary As I write this we are getting ready to begin the final month of 2020. The official year of the curveball. December is always a time when most people do a little review of what was, and begin planning goals for the new year. I personally don’t think you have to wait until the official end of a calendar year to do this, meaning if you are reading this in July 2021, apply this now! The world as a whole has changed so much recently, is it possible that the goals you set for yourself and your horse in December 2019 might need to be tweaked? Or even scrapped? Has this year benefited you regarding focus and identifying what is a priority? Or has it left you feeling uncertain about anything? I want you to read or listen to this with an open mind. A clean slate. And I would love it if you could set some goals with that same openness and readiness to start new and fresh if necessary. Read More... Additional Resources on This Topic Free 4 Day Workshop in my Equestrian Mindset Fb Group A Plan for 7 Days in Your Riding What's Your Number in Your Riding? Plan Your Ride with These Simple Steps Transform the Next 12 Weeks in Your Riding Connection; the Online Membership for Equestrians
How do some riders seem to simply handle ‘speed wobbles’ when they are riding? It seems as though nothing phases them.  They simply effectively and efficiently get things back on track with minimum effort and drama… Their secret?  They have swapped reacting versus responding when they ride. If you are the sort of rider who gets ‘triggered’ by certain things in your riding, you have possibly looked at those ‘other’ riders with a mixture of awe and jealously! Today I want to tell you exactly how you can begin riding like them; and begin responding rather than reacting when riding, and working with, your horse. Read More... Additional Resources for Equestrians Connection; My Online Membership for Equestrians Your FREE half halt training The Direct Relationship Between Your Fitness & Your Riding Dealing with a Horse who Spooks and Spins Diffusing a Difficult or Dangerous Situation Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses)
Sprinkled, like confetti. This is how I think the half halt should be applied to your ride. Little ones that are really everywhere. None of them too big. Or ‘stand out’. Yet all of them working together to give the desired effect or result. For many riders, the half halt, rather than being like confetti, becomes more like broadsheet newspapers scattered randomly around the arena. Not too many, some altogether. And not really having any use other than to make things look messy and unorganized. Size Matters How do you get your broadsheet size half halts to resemble a piece of confetti? You refine. And refine… The energy that you are putting into that one ‘big’ half halt (your standard broadsheet), divided up and divided amongst a whole lot of smaller, more refined half halt (your ‘confetti'). Yes, I realize I am really oversimplifying something that so many riders struggle with, the trusty half halt. And yet, it really is that simple. It is riders ‘wanting’ to make it harder than it really is... That is the real struggle with the half halt. And they want to make it harder because, although it is simple, it is usually not that easy to grasp when actually riding. I have spoken about the half halt a lot… It really and truly is a sticking point for so many riders. I won’t get into too much of the what and why (you can read about that HERE and HERE and HERE if you’re interested). Instead, I want to give you some practical tips you can use while riding to help you work on turning your half halt from a broadsheet to a tiny piece of confetti. Light, lovely, and a feel-good sign for all who experience it. Read More... Additional Resources for Equestrians:- FREE Half Halt Training Audio 3 Ways to Use the Half Halt in Your Riding Harnessing the Power of the Half Halt Improving Your Ride with the Half Halt Understanding and Refining Your Half Halt Your Half Halt on the Ground with Your Horse Connection in Your Riding; Your Seat and Legs Connection; My Online Membership for Equestrians Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses
Can you put into words what the half halt is? Let’s say you are speaking with your friend, who is not a horsey person, and you’re telling her all about the half halt. What would you say? This week I had two eye-opening conversations. One with a rider and one with my sister… I drew a similar conclusion from both conversations. My conclusion? There are a whole lot of riders out there who don’t really know what the half halt is, or why everyone goes on and on about it… So, back to you and your version of the half halt… It might be easier to start with what it is not. A half of a halt! But, you knew that, didn’t you. And yet, there are many riders who are surprised at that. “It’s kind of slowing down, but not actually letting the horse stop…, I think…” No, that’s not quite it. What is the Half Halt The half halt is a few things in riding. However, we can simplify things by dividing the purpose of the half halt into three simple categories 1. An effective ‘intercom’ system between you and your horse 2. A little ‘fixer-upper' 3. An effective way to help you and your horse maintain balance, focus, and forwardness I am a firm believer that most riders can take the number of current half halts they ride every time they're in the saddle and double or triple that number. And that is just to get started with! We are simply not doing enough half halts. And the irony is, that when you are getting started with it, the more you do, the less you will have to do it later. The half halt is really one of those things that you can do a lot of the work up front and reap the benefits later. Additional Resources for Equestrians:- FREE Half Halt Training Audio The Aids to Ride the Half Halt Harnessing the Power of the Half Halt Improving Your Ride with the Half Halt Understanding and Refining Your Half Halt Your Half Halt on the Ground with Your Horse Connection in Your Riding; Your Seat and Legs Connection; My Online Membership for Equestrians Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses
What would happen to you and your riding if you began embracing your unique style as a rider? If instead of trying to ride like someone else, you began to really understand and know what it is to ride like you? I think that many riders are trying to ride like or act like someone else in their riding. Maybe it’s the rider at the barn who has been at this a few years longer than you. Or the rider who is 10, 20, or 30 years younger than you. It could be the rider who has never had their own horse, meaning they have ridden any horse they had the opportunity to ride for the past 10 years. Or the rider who is quiet, reserved, and calm under pressure… As equestrians, we all have riders we admire. Riders we would like to become 'more like’ in our own riding. But they are not you. The key is to really begin to understand your own unique style as a rider, and from that place, begin blending complementary techniques and styles into your mix. Additional Resources for Equestrians Riding & Acting; The Connection What Does an Equestrian Look Like? Diversity in Our Sport What's Your Riding Number? Connection; My Online Membership for Equestrians Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses
What will you be doing with your horse this week? Seem’s like an innocent enough question… ‘Ah, a bit of this and a dash of that’... And there is the problem. If you committed to actually planning out the answer to this question for the coming 4 weeks in your riding, you can, potentially, change everything. The Same Thing = The Same Result So many riders are doing the same thing, day in and day out, and then feeling frustrated by the lack of results. They go out there, day after day. Clock in their respective rides. For some, it might be 4 a week. Others might be happy with 2 a week. There is a feeling of accomplishment having ‘gotten in’ the two or four rides for that week. But what has really changed? What was intentional? Focused? And are your results merely reflecting your lack of doing anything different? Is it possible that you are, in fact, seeing results? You are failing to see them because they are simply the same ones you’ve been seeing for quite a while now… Doing the same thing over and over will achieve one result. The same one! Expecting anything different is wishful thinking! Read More... Additional Resources for Equestrians Join Connection today (cancel anytime) Out of Planning and Into Action Planning for Progress in Your Riding What's Your Riding Number Lunging for Riding  Groundwork for Riding My free online community 
How many times have you been working with your horse on the lunge, only to have your line end up a tangled mess? Or perhaps your horse did something unexpected. Maybe he turned in or went from 0 to 60 in .5 of a second, and you couldn’t respond quickly enough because of a loopy, knotted, or twisted lunge line? Your lunge line is an important artificial aid that you can use to actively encourage contact and connection with your horse.  However, that is pretty much impossible if it is a tangled up mess!  The good news is that with a little practice, you can begin making your lunge line work for you and your horse, rather than against you in your lunging. The Type of Lunge Line Not all lunge lines are made equal. Before we even begin here, I want you to consider the quality of your current lunge line. Ideally, you want one that has a little weight to it, rather than a flimsy, flappy about one. That being said, you also don’t want one that is so heavy, gravity is having a greater influence than you in the conversation! There is a happy medium, play with what you like and what works best. Read More... Additional Resources for Equestrians:- Developing Contact on the Lunge using Your Lunge Line Improving Your Riding Coordination & Aids While Lunging Join Connection today and transform your riding journey Lunging for Riding – 4-week step by step program to transform your lunging experience Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses)
Have you ever considered that, if something is not ‘working’ in your riding, the reason might just be a lack of forward? We spend a lot of our focus on making sure we have established relaxation and rhythm. Yet, working forward is actually essential for either of those two to be present and working for you in your riding. Here are 4 simple actions you can take every time you ride to help you begin to both establish and maintain forward in your riding. What Is Forward? Forward is when you and your horse are going somewhere with a sense of purpose. It is the opposite of going nowhere slowly! It is the energy, the intention, and the momentum that must be present in order for anything else to work. You must think forward. You must feel confident moving forward and you must then take action on the forward. It is mental, emotional, and physical. I believe that forward must be present and established before relaxation and rhythm. And yet, forward is not rushing and racing. It is not frantic or chaotic. Nor is it excessive tension. It is mental, emotional, and physical. Read More... Additional Resources for Equestrians:- Join Connection today Learning to Stop Blocking with Your Seat - Part 1 Learning to Stop Blocking with Your Seat - Part 2 Online coaching and audio horse riding lessons for equestrians Groundwork for Riding Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses)
Your lunge line is not there to keep your horse on the circle while lunging. I would love for you to take a moment just to consider this statement. Is it at all possible that you have been using your lunge line, in some shape way or form to do this for you?  If lunging is not enjoyable, a tug of war, or just too darn difficult, this could be why. Have you been using your lunge line to keep your horse on the circle, rather than to develop contact and connection with your horse? Here is my step by step system to turn that around for you in your lunging... Embrace Artificial Aids Your lunge line is an artificial aid. And artificial aids are fantastic if used correctly. The keyword is "correctly". Many riders have allowed themselves to be led down a path where the use of artificial aids, such as lunge lines, lunge whips, or lunging arenas, is frowned upon. Artificial aids are there to back up or support your natural aids. And, you can always refine your natural aids, over time, to the point where artificial aids are no longer needed or used all the time. In fact, this is one of your responsibilities as a rider. Doing the work to refine your aids. Read More... Additional Resources for Equestrians:- Improving Your Riding Coordination & Aids While Lunging Join Connection today and transform your riding journey Lunging for Riding - 4-week step by step program to transform your lunging experience Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses)
Are you guilty of saying one thing to your horse, when you actually mean another?  You're not alone!  This is the second part of a 2 part series all about blocking with your seat, and how to stop doing it! Part 1 is HERE Before we dive into the actual riding exercises you can do to discover if you have been blocking.  And then, using those same exercises to actually begin allowing.  Let's get clear on what we mean when we say 'blocking'. Blocking is when you mean to say ‘carry on’, but instead you say ‘whoa’. It is applying the resisting force of your seat when you actually want to simply allow your horse to really move your seat. Exercise 1:- Allowing in the Walk A lot can be learned about your influence on your horse in the walk. Slight changes and tweaks to what you are doing can have a big and, very important, noticeable impact on your horse's way of going. Use this to your advantage and test yourself… In halt, take both feet out of your stirrups. From here, ask your horse to walk forward. Your goal is to simply follow your horse with your seat. Like dancing. Your horse is the lead partner. You are literally a split second ‘behind’ your horse's movement and yet moving with him - not being dragged! As your horse walks, pay close attention to the rhythm of the walk and how much ground he is covering with each stride. Read More... Additional Resources on This Topic Learning to Stop Blocking with Your Seat - Part 1 Learn to Stop Driving with Your Seat Connection in Your Riding; Seat and Legs Your Independent Seat is a Result of Your Independent Aids Your Independent Seat is Everything in Your Riding Improving Your Feel in the Saddle DEVELOP YOUR AIDS THROUGH LUNGING – UPCOMING FREE ONLINE LIVE TRAINING Online coaching and audio horse riding lessons for equestrians Groundwork for Riding Online community for equestrians working on their mindset & fitness Online Community for equestrians focusing on re-schooling horses (and ex-racehorses)
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