Eventing

Bonny Bonnello, horse contact, horse riding contact, horse connection, horse riding connection, dressage contact, dressage connection, half-halt trot lengthening, Half-pass exercise, Leg-yield exercise, Half-pass exercise

The importance of contact in dressage cannot be overstated. “Without contact, straightness is not possible, nor is good collection. Your aids, which include your upper body, legs, hands, and seat, combine to create the contact, which should be elastic.

Jumping with Contact

With Margie Gayford - Contact, to the average rider, seems to refer only to the contact through the rein, but really, contact is communication with your horse and the rein is just one form of that communication. There are a couple of other points of contact, being your hips and seat, your legs through your thigh and calf, and your heel and foot.

starting out right horse foot, nancy tapley, horse warm-up, Karen brain, horse riding technique, horse training

When we go to the gym we all know that a good warm-up session is essential when it comes to protecting against such injuries as pulled muscles or strained tendons and ligaments. There is no difference when it comes to your horse’s workout. Many horses spend 23 hours of each day standing around in relatively small paddocks.

starting out right horse foot, nancy tapley, horse warm-up, Karen brain, horse riding technique, horse training, Shannon Dueck, horse leg yield, equine leg yield, horse leg yield circle, hunter jumper exercises, Leg-Yielding Out Circle

In the previous article, we covered the general principles of a good warm-up and the reasons why it’s an essential part of every ride. Now we’ll continue to focus on the warm-up with a look at some basic exercises designed to prepare your horse physically and mentally for the workout session.

Lee Tubman, equine rhythm, equine balance, equine relaxation, canter leg-yield, impulsion, Canter Half-Pass, Developing Lateral Suppleness Canter

With Lee Tubman - Lateral suppleness refers to the ability of a horse to bend his body and neck laterally (side to side) while maintaining the same rhythm, balance, and relaxation through his body. In order to achieve lateral suppleness, the strength and flexibility of the horse's lateral muscles must be carefully developed - this is where lateral work comes in.

Lindsay Grice, graceful horse neck, horse connection

Unfortunately, when a horse is tense through her neck and spine, there is no way to achieve that long, swinging trot and slow legged canter that we desire. Instead of lengthening, she just gets quick. The solution is to teach your mare that it is “safe” to stretch long and low and to fill out the frame of the box.

conditioning for equine soundness, equine cardiovascular fitness, long slow distance training horses, proper horse shoeing, strengthening horse on firm ground, Lesley Stevenson

By Lesley Stevenson - Throughout the world, horsemen employ many different methods of conditioning the horse. And indeed there are quite a few different "programs" that result in a fit athlete. But most programs focus on the aspects of the horse's fitness that are the most visible - their musculature and their aerobic capacity (cardiovascular fitness) - without enough thought to strengthening bones, tendons, and ligaments.

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