How to control your very forwards horse – without winding them up in the process!

The other day, Jo was reminiscing about a grey mare she used to ride when she was a teenager. Her name was Holly. The perfect choice, Jo reckoned, since she was a fairly prickly character! Jo recalls, “Holly was a fantastic forwards-thinking horse who jumped like a stag. And since lots of people told me […]

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How to fix a horse who lacks forward

One of the most frequent issues people ask us about is why their horse won’t go forward when they try to school them in the arena. So in this post I’m going to focus on one of the main reasons why that happens and give you some ways to actually fix it.  Now, as soon […]

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Is it really all about working from behind?

The ‘circle of energy’

Is putting all your focus on working your horse from behind really the best way to ride? If you’re like many riders who’ve come to us for help, you’ve probably been taught to think that riding your horse from the back to the front is the ‘correct’ way to do things. And if you hold […]

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The Essence of Joyful Riding

There’s an old saying that there’s always more than one way to bake a cake – but what isn’t said is that the taste it leaves afterwards does depend on whether you’ve included all the right ingredients! 

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Rule 1: Don’t annoy your horse!

One of my early teachers proposed a stunningly simple set of guidelines for riding horses; Rule 1 – don’t annoy your horse

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