I have heard many people recently wishing to give dressage a go on their horse or wanting to make the step up to affiliated competitions but being a little nervous about it. Here are a few of my tips that I hope you will find useful at whatever level you ride at.
Riding horses on the roads, or hacking as its referred to by equestrians, is an essential part of many horses exercise regime. Not only can it help build their physical strength but can also be a great asset to their mental wellbeing by getting them out of the arena and often tiny paddocks and allows them to take in new scenery.
Now as a Rider myself and having being involved in fatal road accident involving a horse approx. 15 years ago, I would love nothing more than to be able to come straight out of the yard and onto a bridleway or be able to ride from one field to another, without ever having to touch tarmac. If I could I would but the reality is that for the majority this simply isn't possible. Farmers don't want horses on their land and there are very few bridleways around nowadays.
Here are my top tips for making Hacking out safer and more enjoyable for you and your horse:
Dressage is the art of riding a set sequence of movements in a good rhythm and balance whilst make it look as effortless as possible. However there are some simple mistakes we as riders make which loose us marks in the arena. Here are seven of the common mistakes made in movements and how they can be solved.
As we are seeing more and more horse owners using small holed haynets, it's time to start asking ourselves what welfare issues may be arising from this new trend?
Music is a massive global industry. We hear it every day in all walks of life from concerts and the radio to movies and TV adverts. But have you ever thought about how we use music in the equestrian industry.......read on to find out.
In this modern age of technology, it was always going to be inevitable that competitive equestrians would eventually find a way to use the internet to their advantage. It began with photo competitions where passionate horse owners could enter a picture of their beloved equine into an appropriate class (mountain and moorland for example) to be judged against other horses in the hope for a placing or even better a WIN! From there the photos have evolved into video competitions and there are now thousands of people around the world competing in different equestrian disciplines such as Showing, Horse Agility and my personal favourite Dressage.
If you haven't got involved in this quickly developing community here are 10 reasons why you should.