This is how it feels: It’s a trot that’s resistance free. He glides with relaxed strides. At first you think it might be slow, but no, his strides are longer. He has time to push from behind. Every vertebrae in his back is loose. His movement is fluid and soft,…
Added by Anna Blake on September 2, 2016 at 9:15am —
Want to acquire the eco-friendly and elegant solutionto reduce your bills?
Solar Panel Installation is the right option!
You may feel hesitant to take the leap and get solar panels installed, but once you do, you will immediately see the advantages such as reduced electricity bills and even receiving money from your hydro company month aftermonth.
In the coming years, possibly, nature will have to face major changes due to our dependence on fossil fuels and the pollution… Continue
Added by Terry Barnes on August 31, 2016 at 11:52pm —
I'm excited to share about my latest release, B and B! This novel is an equine romance set in Australia, aimed at adult readers. Interested? Check out the blurb:
Things are changing…
Ben likes his life at Happy Trails. As a trail guide on a… Continue
Added by Christine Meunier on August 29, 2016 at 6:00am —
I Get to SEE the Results of My Work with Bingo
Since Debbie had a summer camp last week, I had a week off from riding Bingo. She used him some during the camp, and Bingo did not behave perfectly. Nothing exciting, just Bingo suddenly deciding he had enough and making a beeline to either the gate or the center of the ring. Since Bingo has such a thick throatlatch, there is not much a beginning child rider can do to change his path. It could have been much worse, Bingo did… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 27, 2016 at 11:30am —
I’ve had a hard time acting my age. That’s not it, exactly. It’s more like I’m straddling the Grand Canyon between my usual teen angst and dealing with the fact I’m supposed to be wearing support hose. It all started with my birthday. Two years ago.
Then recently a donkey came to the rescue that I work with.… Continue
Added by Anna Blake on August 26, 2016 at 9:00am —
You leave the arena on a long rein at A and to say you feel a little disheartened is putting things mildly... Dressage can be difficult, there's no doubt about it, however what tends to stack the odds even more so against a good dressage score is the fact that many riders see it as 'boring'; a means to an end of sorts.
Are you the sort of rider that thinks the most challenging part of dressage is memorising your test? For many riders, this is the be all and end all of dressage. Is it… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 22, 2016 at 5:00pm —
Groundwork, when referring to horses, simply means working with your horse from the ground in order to train and increase communication skills. In this blog post we are going to focus on 'Pressure and Release' and how you can begin to correctly and fully understand the concept in order to further your horse's training from the ground.
This is part 2 of a full series dedicated to Groundwork from Strides for Success. Part 1 which explains the basics and then moves into… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 20, 2016 at 9:00pm —
Have you ever experienced popping over a jump with your horse, when he suddenly realises he needs a little 'more' if he is going to clear the jump? He stretches, or pushes, a little farther than you expected and suddenly you find yourself very much behind the movement and bracing for the inevitable 'thud' that your backside connecting with the saddle will create on landing!
Or perhaps your horse has a frustrating habit of hanging a hoof here and there over fences, which leads… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 19, 2016 at 5:00pm —
Dressage isn't perfect, but what part is baby and what part is bath water?
Watching the Dressage competition at the Olympics was inspirational. And horrific. There were impeccable riders with fluid bodies and invisible cues. And riders who were brutal, with hard hands and cruel methods. There were… Continue
Added by Anna Blake on August 19, 2016 at 9:00am —
You halt, salute and as you exit the arena in your best 'free walk on a long rein', you find yourself wondering how well your dressage test went... That one circle may have looked a little more on the triangular side, but on the plus side you aced the canter leads each time and you're almost sure the halt was a square one. However, when the actual test scores are handed out, you realise things did not go that well - at all!
Riding a dressage test can be a nerve wrecking… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 18, 2016 at 3:30pm —
Have you ever had the misfortune of a plan going awry when in the saddle? Perhaps something small such as a refusal or run out, or maybe something a little 'bigger' such as a fall or stumble? Either way, since it happened, you find that whenever you are in a similar situation or are reminded of it... Things are just, well, different.
Losing your confidence when riding is one of those things that no matter how small or insignificant the initial incident, has all the potential… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 17, 2016 at 8:30pm —
Have you ever found yourself out on the trail, or even in the arena and, for any number of reasons, your horse reversing in a calm, quiet fashion would be a really useful achievement in that particular moment. You ask him to go back, but rather than the smooth, no fuss reverse you were imagining, it rather feels like you left the handbrake on and he begrudgingly edges 'back', head raised in protest, hooves seemingly glued to the ground beneath them. By the end of the exercise, your… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 16, 2016 at 4:30pm —
That is the phrase for the week, that I have heard from three different people: "He is not the same horse." It is a complement, and a vindication of all the careful work I've been doing for the past 5 years, and particularly the last one.
One friend who has not seen Oakley in over a year came up to watch me ride & do some simple figures. She doesn't know a lot about horses,… Continue
Added by B. G. Hearns on August 16, 2016 at 8:45am —
The bend is approaching and you begin preparing both you and your horse to ride straight and accurately through the turn. However, as you 'shift' your seat bones into 'position' your horse begins, well, almost side stepping... The further you get through the turn, the further your horse is from the path you had planned; in fact, he has derailed altogether from the ideal 'train tracks' you had intended to stay on as you rounded the bend.
As riders we learn early on about how… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 15, 2016 at 2:00pm —
Have you ever looked at photos or videos of your horse and it looks like his hind quarters are, literally, being left behind? They are dragging out behind him, rather than working underneath him. Or perhaps you have gotten the feeling that when you ask for 'more' when in the saddle, there is just no way he can provide 'more' without speeding up and becoming long...
Knowing how to activate and then engaging your horse's hind quarters is vital to his long-term training and… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 14, 2016 at 2:30pm —
You are cantering towards the jump... 3... 2... 1... But instead of the 'Jump' that should have followed the 1; it seems like your usually trusty horse decided to test both of you by inserting a little 'half stride' in there before take off! The result is you doing a great Thelwell impression and your horse doing his best helicopter move, straight up and straight down... Not a good feeling for either of you.
Riding a horse that chips in or adds an extra half stride in… Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 13, 2016 at 4:30pm —
Bingo Responds Favorably to the Guidance of my Thighs
Bingo, at 22 years of age and having a lot of bad riding in his life, has strengthened the muscles that help him ignore/disobey/and actively resist all rein aids. His upper neck is THICK, vertically and horizontally, with all the muscles he has built up to resist improper rein aids. If I am not very, very careful I can trigger a super… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 13, 2016 at 1:00pm —
How much time do you spend strengthening your relationship with your horse while on the ground? Many riders only think 'riding' when they think of communicating with their horse, however there are many other ways you can begin to not only create a stronger sense of trust but also to improve your horse's training.
You can listen to this episode of the Daily Strides Podcast … Continue
Added by Lorna Leeson on August 12, 2016 at 4:00pm —
Yesterday was our last day of summer camps for this year. It went really well despite being so very hot. Of course having my niece with me at the stable made the day automatically great.
My niece helped to groom the horses before going off with her group of kids to color T-shirts and play games. While they played I helped to lead horses on trail rides and in the arena during lessons. When we finished with that the… Continue
Added by Paula Stevens on August 12, 2016 at 2:53pm —
A horsewoman told me that, at sixty-three, she was the proud owner of her very first horse trailer. I let out a congratulatory yell and I’ve been smiling all day. Trailers add a layer of independence to the freedom we feel with horses.
Do you remember your first horse trailer? Mine was a navy blue two-horse straight load. It was the late ’80s and no one I knew wanted to… Continue
Added by Anna Blake on August 12, 2016 at 8:00am —