December 23, 2019

When a horse is ‘falling in’ on a circle or cutting the corner, the common idea is for: “more inside leg”. But this is often not solving the problem. Getting stronger with our inside leg can even make it worse, as riders often tend to ‘fall in’ with that pushing leg. 


October 23, 2019


Often we see horses being ridden in a posture that is too 'round', 'curled under' or 'over-bent'. It may be due to lack of rider knowledge of how to work the horse correctly, or it may be the horse avoiding the contact and trying to hide behind the...

October 17, 2019

Relaxation and impulsion are an interesting combination when working with horses. If there is too much impulsion and forward energy, the horse is not relaxed, it can run through or ignore our aids. On the other hand, if there is too much relaxation, the horse can lack...

October 13, 2019

Allow the horse time... all the time needed.

Have a vision,  have an idea of what you would like to do, feel or see. Have it clearly in your mind, but at the same time, forget it. This is the only way you can really sense and feel your horse.

Stay with an open mind, pea...

September 15, 2019

Is your horse unsteady in your hands - resisting contact?

When young or green horses have issues with contact, (ie coming above or resisting the hand) many riders tend to automatically or unconsciously fix the hands low or in one position in an attempt to prevent the ho...

May 16, 2019

The angle of the elbows
Is something to attend
Keeping soft and grounded
Floating in their bend.

Elbows offer hands to horse
Fingers gently aid
Carried hands guide a course
With balance to create

Fingernails turned in
Pinkie under thumb
Elbows rest beside the waist

February 2, 2019

It is a strange idea I think. Sometimes when people write or say that they don't do, or their horse doesn't do dressage or like dressage, I'm puzzled by this thinking.

I think, conceptually, that all horse training has the potential (when done thoughtfully with care...

December 29, 2017

Do you have a plan when you want to work with your horse? 

Do you decide what to do before you start? Or do you work it out as you go along, depending on how the horse feels from moment to moment?  Or maybe you have a rough plan - and modify it if needed, to c...

September 7, 2017

Transitions are fundamental in all disciplines and a good transition is a balanced transition.. To improve transitions, we need to understand and assess the quality of a horse's longitudinal balance (ie. balance shifting forward - backward. up and down) and its lateral...

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