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How to Start Training the Archway/Hoop/Curtain for Despooking and Body Awareness

Obstacles provide great challenges to improve your horse’s confidence and body awareness and the archway, hoop or curtain is a common obstacle in horse agility, trail classes and TREC. This video shows you how to introduce it to your horse in a way which is gentle, fun and builds your relationship. Spooky horses are scared …

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What is Engagement? Try These Simple Exercises to Understand It.

Healthy movement is key to a sound and happy horse. Engagement is part of healthy movement, necessary for keeping your horse sound and comfortable. Our domestic horses get such limited movement, even with ample turnout, compared to their wild counterparts, that we need to help maintain their physical fitness through training. In order to train …

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How to Teach Your Horse to Stay Calm and STOP if the Saddle Slips

Although we never want it to happen, accidents sometimes do and if the saddle slips it can easily panic the horse, making a bad situation much worse. Luckily, there are things you can train to help your horse understand that it’s nothing to worry about and even that he should stop quietly if the saddle …

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Common Rider Faults and How to Fix Them for Better Connection and Relaxation

Connecting well with your horse when riding requires two things: 1. Clear external cues, such as leg, voice and rein aids that your horse understands 2. Supporting internal cues, such as breath, weight aids and focus that your horse responds to innately  Both of these need to be in alignment for your horse to be …

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Gymnastic Groundwork Pattern – Pedestal, Poles, Circles, Collection, Flexions

This Pattern is from our Gymnastic Groundwork Home Study Course and gives you a taster of some of the exercises included in that Course. Patterns are progressive and non-competitive. They are designed to give you focus, guidance and the chance to put all of the exercises you’re learning together. They should be fun, too! As …

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Leg Yield: How to Teach In-hand Lateral Work Using Clicker Training and a Target

This doesn’t have to be complicated! Leg yield is the first lateral movement I teach in-hand or ridden and it’s a great way of introducing the concept of going forwards and sideways to your horse. I aim to make this (and all of my lessons) as simple and straightforward as possible for you and your …

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How to Use Objects and All Terrain Training to Build Your Horse’s Co-ordination and Confidence

All of these exercises are designed to improve your horse’s co-ordination as he learns how to navigate different objects and terrain. The sensory feedback improves proprioception and you’ll find your horse becomes more aware of his feet and body through these exercises. Of course, it’s not just about the physical benefits; all of our training …

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