Symmetry Challenges – an update

An update on my own attempt at challenging my symmetry

Balance Training with Foam Rollers

I love my foam roller sessions, although I’m not sure all of my class attendees always agree. Using a foam roller is an excellent way of working on balance in a way that can mimic being on a horse, but it is seriously hard to get to grips with. In many ways balancing on aContinue reading “Balance Training with Foam Rollers”

Saddle update

I’m not quite sure what is going on with the above picture of Lizzie as she looks like she has no neck development whatsoever and resembles more of a yak than a dressage horse in training….we had just come back from a quick whiz on the moor so possibly she was a little tired? Anyway,Continue reading “Saddle update”

Using equipment to enhance your off-horse training

Ok, so The photo at the top is of Baz, demonstrating how to wear both Kinesiotape (K Tape) and TheraBand to increase the intensity and specificity of his training. But we humans can also use all manner of different equipment to modify how our bodies work during training sessions. I will be covering several differentContinue reading “Using equipment to enhance your off-horse training”

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”