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?”

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”

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”