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  • 5 Ways To Improve Your Riding in 2016

    1.  Get regular riding lessons, or better yet, learn the biomechanics of riding. Biomechanics study how the body moves and rider biomechanics look specifically at issues like your foot slipping out of the stirrup or your knee coming up.  Check out www.centaurbiomechanics.co.uk or ‘Equine Biomechanics for Riders: The Key to Balanced Riding’ by Karin Blignault….

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  • Horse (Human!) Health Care

    Horse riding has physical health, psychological and over-all benefits of happiness and well-being. This is just a reminder for us and the non-horsey around us, who wonder about our level of sanity as we brave the winter weather to get out there and ride. And the research is there! Check out www.bhs.org.uk (study published in…

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  • Set Your Horse Up To Succeed

    “In horse training, time is the least important factor” – this is the hardest lesson I have learnt. My children and my horses have taught me more patience over the years than I could have ever imagined! Yet I still find myself checking my watch before I go outside and subconsciously calculating how much time…

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  • Getting a Handle on Things – Respectfully

    Horse Handling & Riding Styles I still find it mildly amusing when people joke about how badly behaved their horse is, how he constantly invades their space, won’t stand still and drags the owner around. They think this is hilarious and laugh it off because he is okay to ride most of the time. They…

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  • Working With Your Horse’s Unique Personality

    By Carole Herder What sort of personality does your horse have? I blogged about anthropomorphism recently and human traits and characteristics are certainly something we all put upon our horses! Is he cheeky, quirky, stubborn, willful, lazy, or excitable? How many of us adjust the way we present ourselves based on who we are in…

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  • A Relationship Based on Trust

    By Carole Herder What should come first with your horse? Joe Camp believes knowledge is the most important factor in owning or playing or working with a horse. Following this, lifestyle and diet are the next vital items on the list. Then comes relationship and trust. Respect will follow on from this automatically. Does your…

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  • Playing With Your Horse

    By Carole Herder I blogged recently about playing with your horse, and very importantly, about how your relationship can improve when being with your horse at liberty and allowing them to do different things. While horses definitely like routine, they also like variety – it keeps them interested and alert which is hugely beneficial to…

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