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I am an equestrian author, having written The Complete Horse Riding Manual, published by Dorling Kindersley and now translated into eleven languages. I am also inventor of the Micklem Multibridle, which offers significant improvements in comfort for the horse and can be used as a bridle, a lunge cavesson and a bitless bridle. I discovered Karen and David O'Connors Olympic horses Bico, Custom Made and Gilt Edge and bred Karen's Olympic ride in Hong Kong, Mandiba. I give presentations round the world on many subjects specialising in Coaching, Young Horse Training, Assessing Riders and Horses, Rider Safety, and Performance Priorities, and designed the unique structures for improving performance, Habitual Hats and The GO! Rules. I am a Fellow of the British Horse Society and live in Ireland.
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William Micklem asks IS THIS A MAGIC SUIT OF CLOTHES?

 

 

Dublin show at the Royal Dublin Society in Ballsbridge is the centrepiece and driving force for many in the Irish Equestrian community. It is so dominant in our culture that people just talk about it as ‘the horse show’, despite the fact that there are…

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Posted on August 8, 2010 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

William Micklem offers TEN MORE LITTLE BEAUTIES

Posted on August 1, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

MANDIBA LEADS AT REBECCA FARMS CIC W 3*

 

After the dressage my home bred hero Mandiba leads the World Cup 3* event at Rebecca Farms in Montana....congratulations to Karen O'Connor and all her team....while his full brother High Kingdom, with Zara Phillips aboard, is in 12th place after the dressage in the Advanced division at Aston Le Walls in England and like his brother goes cross country today. Their half brother Tredstep…

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Posted on July 24, 2010 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

William Micklem offers TEN LITTLE BEAUTIES

So sad to hear that Oki Doki is no longer with us….who needs cheering up? The great thing about age is the ability to enjoy the little equine things that possibly were once hidden by the pursuit of rosettes in earlier days:…



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Posted on July 23, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

SENSE & NONSENSE says William Micklem



Happy children and happy summer riding days. Full of friendship and partnership with both their ponies and other riders. How lucky these young riders are as long as they come under the wing of a good coach. A coach who fully understands that what children learn first tends to stay with them, just as with a young horse. So our young riders and young coaches need excellent coaches. They don’t need to be high-level coaches of elite performers,…

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Posted on July 17, 2010 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

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At 5:39pm on December 18, 2010, Liz Keane said…

Thank you William, for you comment, will have to keep going. Have a good Christmas, I will come back to you for future comments. Best wishes. Liz

At 4:53pm on September 16, 2010, Joan Goswell said…
Doodle's Irish passport- so exciting! He's going to kick butt at the WEGs- I just know it!
At 3:57pm on May 22, 2010, Jackie Cochran said…
It is so good to see you back in your proper place of having TWO blogs on the most popular blog list, one being some months old! Good work, William.
At 4:47pm on March 29, 2010, bridgette rule said…
hi william we can be at redruth for 6.30 how many tickets have you sold i still need to contact david see you soon bridgette
At 4:08pm on March 22, 2010, bridgette rule said…
yes no prob i will get mum also hopefullyx
At 12:33pm on March 22, 2010, bridgette rule said…
hi william hows the planning going on the evening event if i can help let me know i will need to get tickets also bridgette
At 5:29pm on February 14, 2010, Anna Trinder said…
that's fab, thanks, I especially like 'love it or leave it'. So true! Fortunately I love it! As you clearly do.
At 9:24am on February 8, 2010, Abi amber Rule said…
Hi William,
thankyou for the great articles i especially liked the photograph of when you were at the Fourburrow pony club!

This coming summer i have 2months holiday before i go back to university and i was thinking about coming over to work in Ireland. I would love to go somewhere where i could really improve my riding (show jumping mainly) and was wandering if you new of anywhere i could go?

with kind regards

Abi
(Bridgette Ash's daughter).
At 11:26am on January 19, 2010, Christianna Capra said…
Dear William,
I thank you sincerely... sorry to be a pest, I am just so excited to read your riding manual book...!!!
thanks so very much -
Christianna Capra
211 West 56th Street, #36B
NY NY 10019 (USA)

I hope to visit IRE one day and would love to clinic with / meet you.
Your work is very forward and it makes a lot of sense to me, I am sure I will get much out of reading your book.
Thank you William and Happy New Year!

best,
CC
www.springreinsofhope.com
:)

PS; i just love the photo of you as a tall youngster jumping the ditch - the pony mare is so dedicated to you! :)
At 11:24pm on January 14, 2010, Liz Goldsmith said…
Hi William, thanks for your prompt and thoughtful reply. I have been participating in a debate about this issue and asked you because I have used your bridle (in both bitless and bitted configurations), along with several other bitless bridles. Until last year I had a Trakehner who had a low palate and a thick tongue. He found many bits uncomfortable but was a pleasure to ride in a bitless bridle, although he preferred a side pull. My TB, on the other hand, seems happiest in a simple, single-joint loose ring snaffle.

I have two concerns about adapting bitless bridles in competitive dressage. First, I think that in most cases you can have a more subtle conversation with your horse using a bit. Isn't one of the points of moving to a double bridle that you have the ability to "talk" to your horse differently using the curb vs. the snaffle? The bitless bridles are great for riders with less than ideal hands because they have a more muted effect (other than hackamores) but are less subtle.

It also bothers me that it seems like this push is an extension of The Dr. Cook's bitless bridle marketing campaign. Why is the recommendation to the USEF just for cross under designs? I know that some horses (like mine) react poorly to poll pressure. He objected strenuously to the Dr. Cook's bridle. I didn't have the same problem with your bridle, probably because the strap goes over the crownpiece so that the pressure is more dispersed. However, a simple side pull can be very effective. I read somewhere that the Dutch Federation evaluated all kinds of bitless bridles when they decided to change the rules to include a bitless option and that they did not limit it to cross under bridles. I wasn't able to find any detailed information about that decision, do you know where I can access it? Sorry to rant! Liz
 
 
 
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