Could a Schoolmaster lesson be the best thing you do this year?

Have you ever had a lesson on a Schoolmaster? I have had several over the years. As a teenager I had lunge lessons on my Instructor Sandra’s horse so we could work on my posture without me worrying about what he was doing. I then had a few lessons at Talland in 2003 on aContinue reading “Could a Schoolmaster lesson be the best thing you do this year?”

Riding whilst injured

Let’s start with 2 questions. 1) Do you work your horse when it is injured? 2) Do you work your horse when you are injured? I can be almost 100% certain that the answer to question 1) is NO, and to question 2) is YES! My response to that is ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING?’, althoughContinue reading “Riding whilst injured”

Practise makes perfect; using visualisation

You are probably familiar with the phrase ‘Practise makes perfect’. It isn’t always exactly true, especially when it comes to riding, because of the subjectivity involved when it comes to competition. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for perfection in whatever area we chose to work on. When it comes to any skill, theContinue reading “Practise makes perfect; using visualisation”

Time for some self analysis

Being self-analytical is hard. I don’t have a ‘proper’ school at home, and rarely have anyone observing me working either. So if I get the chance to work with mirrors, or have photos/filming done then I jump at the chance. A friend of my Mum’s – Della – lives about 30 mins away and sheContinue reading “Time for some self analysis”

Balance Training for the Rider

I have stashed away, a dressage test sheet from when I was about 15. I was riding a young horse called Tidy; an Irish thoroughbred chestnut mare. Not the textbook horse for a scrawny teenage girl, but we started affiliated eventing when she was 6 and I was 16. We did 2 Pre-Novices and aContinue reading “Balance Training for the Rider”

Symmetry challenges

We all get quite hooked on symmetry when it comes to riding, both for ourselves and horses. Rightly so, as it is obvious even if you have never experienced major asymmetry – or possibly if you are in denial which let’s face it most of us are to a degree – that symmetry makes lifeContinue reading “Symmetry challenges”