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Is a bit really necessary for riding?

From time to time, Jo and I get asked whether a bit is really necessary in order to ride a horse. Clearly, it’s not essential. On the other hand, if you know how to use one in a horse friendly way, it can become a very useful tool for both horse and rider. The reason […]

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The art of classical gardening

I couldn’t wait to tell you, I’ve just come in from mowing the lawn! “So what?”, you may ask. Well, I know it’s maybe not that big a deal to you, but I couldn’t help noticing how much my mowing skills have improved in the last 5 weeks.

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Could hiding your mistakes be the biggest mistake of all?

If there’s one thing I see people doing that stops them making the progress they want with their horses it’s trying to hide their mistakes. And that could be a big mistake that’s holding you back too. In fact, you probably don’t even realise that you’re doing it – because hiding your mistakes is actually […]

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Why oh why won’t you just do what I want?

Chloe – a horse who needed help to develop a nice topline

There was a meme going around on social media the other day that caught my eye. It went something like this: Other people’s horses: “Oh, is that your inside leg and outside rein? OK, I’ll just start collecting myself and getting into a nice frame for you and working on my topline. No worries, you […]

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Still hands are good hands, right?

Jo riding an unschooled horse in a natural position

Well, yes… and no! As is often the case with riding, it depends. As something to work towards, then yes, hands that appear to be still can be a sign of a well schooled horse and a skilful rider. But if you want a happy horse who enjoys being ridden throughout his career, how your […]

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