Groundwork training skills tips and techniques to improve both your horse and you the rider. Set and achieve training goals and build the horse you want. Happy Hacker or Dressage superstar its all achievable if you begin the right way
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
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
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
The Side Saddle from its humble beginnings as a pad for equestrian pillion riding in medieval times has endured many changes of style during the centuries
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
Horse hock conformation matters because any breed can produce a horse with undersized or under-strength hocks, so if you’re interested in a performance sports horse, make sure you look at the hocks before you look at the color, the height or that pretty head
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
Our six top tips on horse show preparation will help make sure your next horse show goes exactly as planned. Although the exact preparations you need to make depend on the type of horse show you will be attending, there are common factors & general rules you can nail down
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
So how do you instill those groundwork basics, those good ground manners, in your horse? Simply by understanding how your horse’s mind works of course, and by being the leader in your herd. If you don’t lead then your horse will automatically assume the role
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.
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
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 stiff side is not the problem. You need to think outside the box. Getting a horse to bend using Benign Antagonism means that you kindly and quietly do the opposite of whatever your horse chooses to do on his own
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
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
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 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 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.
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.
There are many horses that fidget, lean, snatch their feet away or worse still kick, when the farrier is attempting to trim their feet or shoe them. Proper farrier training will help prevent this
Your local equine farrier is usually very well qualified and should offer a full range of services including shoeing, remedial shoeing, trimming and advice on horse hoof health. even barefoot horses should be checked regularly by the farrier to ensure they are okay to ride without shoes
Specialist Eventing saddles tend to be even futher forward cut than the flatter seated jumping saddle model and some are slighly shorter in the flap. Extra forward cut saddle flaps allow the rider to ride shorter in eventing saddles.
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
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 …
You don’t have to have the next Olympic hopeful in your stable to want to improve your knowledge of horse training or aspire to be someone who can deal with a wide variety of horses and a wide range of schooling problems. Have faith in yourself and your horse and you’ll get there
The object of Dressage riding is the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse. As a result it makes the horse calm, supple, loose, flexible and confident
A double bridle is permitted in cross country riding, training and equestrian eventing but is rarely used today, the preference being for Pelhams, most riders fail to appreciate how strong horses can benefit from the checking action of the curb part of the double bridle
A curb bit uses leverage and includes the pelham bit and the Weymouth curb along with the traditional curb bit used by Western riders. The English & Western Curb Bits differ slightly on how they apply leverage but both work on several parts of the horses head and mouth