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Make Good Riding Your Habit



Correct Fundamentals help you "do the right things right".



As a rider, you need to put the fundamentals in place so that the right things happen by habit. Good riders ride well, because their right habits are so ingrained into their philosophy and their thought processes that they do routine things without thinking.



Developing the correct habits is a bit like instilling good manners into children and teaching them to say "please" and "thank you". This can be quite…

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Posted on November 20, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

A Safety Checklist for You and Your Horse



Always have in your mind that horses are unpredictable animals, not machines. Our familiarity can lead to taking liberties and accidents occurring.



How many of these practices are on your own safety list?



1. Always wear clothes and boots that are designed for riding.



2. ALWAYS wear a riding helmet that fits you correctly and complies with current standards.



3. If you are young, your horse is misbehaving, you are out of practice…

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Posted on November 6, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Focus First on the Welfare of Your Horse



Wherever I travel, I am asked questions about training the show jumper. It is very encouraging that so many riders are interested in furthering their education, and it is my hope that this series of training blogs will help everyone do just that.



Each week, I shall discuss a different aspect of training, referencing some of the most important points from my training books, but before I start specifically into training, let's talk about the welfare of your horse.



No…

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Posted on October 24, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

My Top Tips: Part 4

Please enjoy these final tips. I hope they have been useful for you and your horse!





31. Don’t come in to the grid too fast in an effort to clear a bigger jump at the end of it. The secret is to maintain a rhythm throughout.



32. If you attack the first fence and then try to shorten the stride, you will confuse your horse and he will resist, and that may cost you a fence. Be disciplined in your approach to the first fence and establish the rhythm you want to…

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Posted on October 9, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

My Top Tips: Part 3

Please enjoy tips 21-30. I'm a big fan of number 23!





21. Good technique isn’t just about what the horse does over the jump.



22. When jumping a combination, don’t ride into it with too much pace because your horse will learn to jump flat and run on the landing. Give him time to adjust his weight onto his hocks.



23. Canter, rhythm, line. Get it right every time.



24. The better the approach the better the chance of the horse jumping…

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Posted on September 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
For Tim Stockdale, the road to international show-jumping stardom
began as an enthusiastic seven year old, at Nottinghamshire’s Grove Pony Club, in partnership with a skewbald mount known as Danny Boy.

Tim's comprehensive show jumping career has spanned over twenty years. During that time, he has achieved numerous successes both at home and abroad; he has represented Britain in Nations Cups, the World Equestrian Games, and most recently the Olympics.

Tim is much in demand as a trainer and clinician and has written several books, including Tim Stockdale Training Techniques and Tim Stockdale Show Jumping Solutions
Website:
http://www.timstockdale.com

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At 10:46am on October 20, 2011, Wendy said…

Best wishes for a speedy recovery !!!!!!

 

At 11:08am on March 2, 2011, ed said…

Any advice for a horse that will go to a jump quietly but roars off after? Thank you

 

At 11:44am on February 1, 2010, Nikki Brazier said…
Just wanted to let you know that here at www.TheHorseStudio.com we market your DVD series and it's very popular. Truly jampacked with all your sage advice. When are you going to produce some more titles? We invite everyone to come visit the store and check out our showjumping section. Gotta say tho think your DVD series 'has it.'
At 7:21pm on January 30, 2010, Lynn Beglan said…
hey there Mr. Stockdale - just wanted to say I really enjoyed (and benefited from) your videos posted on Barnmice, and I'm lovin' the blog....are you going to pick it up again?
At 4:26pm on November 18, 2009, ed said…
commented on Tim Stockdale's blog post 'An Exercise for a Proper Approach'
why 13.5 meters (approx.44 ft) ? 3 level strides would be 36 ft allowing only 8 ft for the pole and take-off distance f rom the jump
4 hours ago
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At 11:41am on July 24, 2009, Barbara Sky Horse said…
FINALLY!!!
You accepted my "friends request"
...*laughing* ...
I was starting to get a complex!!
Hope this finds you and yours well, and THANKS for All Your Barnmice contributions ... They're well written and Make Sense!!
~ Barby
At 6:10pm on June 6, 2009, Sarah O'Loughlin said…
Hi Tim,
Just watching t.v and saw you win your award.
wanted to say congratulations!
Sarah
At 3:47am on June 6, 2009, Kathy Lewis said…
Thank you for accepting my friends request. For details of my equine art and commission portraits you can go to http://www.kathylewisart.co.uk.
At 8:03am on May 31, 2009, Amber J. said…
At 8:02am on May 11, 2009, Liscombe Park Equestrian Centre said…
Hi Tim,
I run Liscombe Park EC in Soulbury, Bedfordshire, & im really interested to know whether you would do some kind of lecture demo/training session? We have recently completed our New Indoor and Outdoor arenas and have great facilities.
Please email us if you would like to see our facilities and if you are interested if you could me an idea of possible dates/prices that would be great.
Our email is liscombeparkec@aol.com
Many Thanks
Hayley Ward
 
 
 
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