That Saddle issue again!

Do you get your saddle checked regularly? Looking back I think we were really lucky with Baz, because once we had got the right saddle for him, and although he did obviously change shape massively through his life, he did well with an annual check up. There are 2 reasons I think, for this. FirstlyContinue reading “That Saddle issue again!”

Injury! A personal account…

I have come up with a new phrase, which is ‘Quality then Quantity’. This is partly a reflection of my whole training ethos, but also because I have manged to injure myself by NOT following this advice! So what have I done? Through a combination of an increase in Pilates teaching, doing said teaching onContinue reading “Injury! A personal account…”

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?”

Hydration – the Forgotten Factor in Your Performance?

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time and effort – and possibly money – on making sure your horse has the best diet, especially if you are competing. Hydration comes into this; how much, when, do you add electrolytes etc etc. Magazines like Horse and Hound are full of articles onContinue reading “Hydration – the Forgotten Factor in Your Performance?”

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”

Cross training

Whatever discipline you follow, it is hugely beneficial – actually even essential – that you include cross training in your routine. This might sound counter intuitive, because obviously if you are training in a specific skill, surely you want to improve in that area and not waste time doing other things that aren’t directly goingContinue reading “Cross training”

Tension

Who watched any of the London 2012 Olympics Dressage? Of course I was biased and wanted Charlotte and Valegro to win regardless, but when comparing their test to that of Adelinde Cornelisson and Parzival, for me there was no contest. Charlotte and Valegro were soft, relaxed and flowing, Adelinde and Parzival were strong but tenseContinue reading “Tension”

Self Carriage for the Rider

The other week in Horse and Hound I read a great article by Carl Hester. To be fair, all of Carl’s articles are great, but this one really struck a cord with me because he identified a concept that I think sums up so much of what I am aiming to achieve through Ready toContinue reading “Self Carriage for the Rider”

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the effects on the Rider’s body

I have been wanting to write about this topic for ages, but wasn’t quite sure how to approach the area. Then last week I was reading my parents’ newspaper – The Telegraph – and it had a supplement about Women in sport, specifically mother’s who compete and the challenges they face. Sadly there were noContinue reading “Pregnancy, Childbirth and the effects on the Rider’s body”