Are you fit enough?

When I started Ready to Ride, a large part of my ‘mission’ if you like, was to share my own experiences and also my learning. We are learning all the time, and certainly I am developing my approach to helping riders all the time too. Early on, I realised that I hadn’t ever thought aboutContinue reading “Are you fit enough?”

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?”

Exercising through the Lockdown

We are living through challenging times right now. Life as we know it has changed beyond all recognition, and for many of us we have no idea how long the situation will last. One of the challenges we face is that our regular exercise has been curtailed, and whilst this might seem very trivial whenContinue reading “Exercising through the Lockdown”

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”

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”