Whether a novice or experienced horse rider we can all benefit from improving our seat position. A good seat can solve a lot of problems from wobbly legs to your hip collapsing on one side and problems with insecure rein contact
Mucking out & all that walking will help but being fit to ride needs more
You’ll be a better rider and a better competition team if both you and your horse are fit to ride. Some equestrian disciplines, such as polo, eventing or classical dressage demand a higher fitness level than others, but any rider who is fit to ride will actually have more fun riding. No matter what equestrian discipline they prefer
Equine Body Language or Equus - The signs to look for
Your horse can’t communicate verbally but you can use equine body language just like your horse does with you, to understand what your horse wants. Equine Body Language or the language of Equus
Correct Horse Head Conformation & Why it matters
Above all the ideal horse head conformation in all horse breeds is a head with a relatively broad forehead. Beyond that their are horse breeds that are known for distinct head shapes and others that are prone to certain faults. Dished profiles, Roman noses, large or small nostrils and a good throatlatch are among the many things the horse owner has to know and consider …
A few tips for success at your next horse show
They say that practice makes perfect and that is most definitely true when it comes to competing in horse shows and equestrian events. Having the best equipment and the most fantastic horse also help, but for those of us with more basic tools to work with here are some horse show tips for success at your next equestrian event
How to Leg Yield | Training Your Horse
The leg yield is a useful equestrian exercise that is probably the easiest of all the lateral movements for your horse to learn and perform. Your horse is flexed away from the direction of movement and then asked to step …
Horse Teeth and the Equine Dentist
What every horse owner needs to know about horse teeth and how to care for them. How equine teeth are affected by stabling and grazing and the conditions that can result from incorrect feeding and the lack of a varied diet
Horse Teeth Terms used by the Equine Dentist
Try to memorise as many and as much about these horse teeth terms, especially some of the most common terms. If you can grasp the basics you’ll understand more about your horse’s teeth and how to care for them
The Snaffle Bit in Horse Training
The snaffle bit is the most common type of bit used while riding horses. It is available in many different versions from the French link to the loose ring and eggbutt
Snaffle Bits and Curb Bits and which horse bit to use
If you look closely you’ll see that there are only two basic types of horse bit, the snaffle bit and the curb bit. They each do different jobs and all horse riders should know what those jobs are and when to use each bit.
Fitting a Horse Saddle Correctly. You know it's important
A well fitting saddle moves with the horse’s motion. A saddle that rocks will often chase the riders seat at rising trot. Correct saddle fitting is too important to be left to chance or dictated by fashion trends. Fit your saddle to your horse not to your ego.
A how-to guide to fitting a double bridle properly
Some riders, particularly in dressage and showing competitions where it can be mandatory, find fitting a double bridle a daunting prospect. So, we’ve included here a fairly basic step by step guide on how to fit a double bridle. But, always remember the correct use and fitting of the double bridle is of great importance
Horse Shoulder Conformation. What shoulder conformation is Best?
Depending on your chosen equestrian discipline, your choice of horse could depend on its shoulder conformation, which can can affect its stride length and the horses ability to jump
A Guide to the Horse Bridle and its parts
Your horses bridle is of paramount importance in every aspect of your riding and horse training. Not only must the bridle fit your horse perfectly, but it must encourage submission and acceptance of the bit without exerting undue pressure on your horses head
A Checklist of Essential Livery Yard Facilities
Stabling and livery yard options and facilities can vary greatly, from the very basic to the prohibitively expensive. Knowing what to expect for your money and to ensure your horse is well cared for is essential
From Action to Yearling the Equestrian Glossary is a detailed list of horse riding terms & meanings
In most sports or hobbies a terminology builds and new members or participants can benefit from a glossary of terms used. The equestrian glossary will help you understand common equestrian terms and abbreviations
Achieving Lighter Transitions Using Your Weight & The Half-Halt
Basic dressage training to help your horse achieve smoother lighter progress in walk to trot and trot to canter. Using your weight and or the half-halt to develop lighter smoother transistions
Using the Double Bridle (Weymouth & Bridoon) in Horse Riding
Ensure you know how and when to use a double bridle to avoid the disastrous consequences of novice use and incorrect fitting. There is nothing worse in horse training than placing advanced horse tack in the hands of an inexperienced or novice rider
Horse Training : Tips & Techniques on Groundwork Basics
A few groundwork basics to help begin your horse’s education. Always keep in mind that groundwork training is ongoing, from the second you take your horse out of the stable to when you return to the stable or you turn your horse out.
A look at horse conformation and the points of the horse
The conformation of your horse refers to the correctness of its bone structure, musculature, and its body proportions. Both horse conformation and knowing the points of the horse are important to horse owners that want or have to to care for a horse; or are involved in the equestrian industry or equestrian competition
Grooming tools to make sure your horse is enjoying the grooming process
Learning grooming techniques and acquiring a full set of proper grooming tools will help you ensure your horse remains comfortable and enjoys the grooming process. Grooming has health benefits and domestic horses that are isolated from other horses should always by groomed by their owners
The Western Saddle or Cowboy Saddle
Very different to an English saddle the Western Saddle was intended to be used by cowboys who would have to spend all day in the saddle. Today there are many types of Western Saddle designed specifically for equestrian disciplines such as cutting, barrel racing, showing and endurance riding
Read how Amanda recovered her riding confidence after a bad accident
Horse riding confidence problems are notoriously difficult to overcome. When you have suffered a serious fall or an accident this applies even more. Read how this horse rider recovered her riding confidence
Saddle Buying Tips - Buying a Western Saddle
Having had one bad experience in purchasing a western saddle I thought this article might offer help to anyone thinking of starting western riding and who is thinking of buying a western saddle off-the-peg
Buying a Horsebox & Maintaining Your Horsebox
Buying a horsebox is a major purchase option and requires careful consideration. For most horse owners owning a good quality horsebox with living and plenty of room for horsey friends, is a dream come true. But practical matters should take precedence and running costs as well as the initial purchase price should be considered
Buying a Horse or Pony? Here's what you need to consider
Buying a horse or pony is a big commitment, a standard horse can live to be 30 years old and will need to be provided with care, grooming, stabling, grazing, veterinary treatment and farrier or blacksmith treatment throughout its life.
Learning how to ride a horse, here's the beginners guide to horseback riding
Did you know that 90% of falls and horse related injuries are related to inexperienced horse riders? Clinton Lyons has been raising foals and horses for over 35 years; he’s a professional horse trainer and expert horseback riding instructor. This is his guide to horseback riding.
The Endurance Saddle in Horse Training
The Endurance Saddle is a specialist horse saddle almost exclusively used for endurance riding or for long distance riding. You have to ride long in an endurance saddle
Long or Short Horse Arm Conformation, which suits your riding discipline best?
Horse arm conformation covers the horses humerus and radius. The arm bone is from the point of shoulder to the elbow. Its length dictates how tightly the elbow and lower joints can bend and reach for extension. A long arm bone or short arm bone can tell you whether a horse will be suitable for the riding you want to do …