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  • Can an Online Coach Really Help Your Riding?

    Can an Online Coach Really Help Your Riding?

    With so many equestrians turning to the internet now in order to up-level their knowledge and skills, the ‘online equestrian coach’ is a title that is popping up everywhere.  It leaves many riders scratching their heads and wondering just how someone on the other side of the world could possibly help them in their riding. …

  • How To Begin to Get ‘Unstuck’ In Your Riding

    How To Begin to Get ‘Unstuck’ In Your Riding

    The feeling of being stuck where you are is not a good feeling. I think that we can feel stuck at some point in our lives. I’ve also noticed that once we have acknowledged this is how we feel, it becomes all we can think about!  Your riding progress, or the lack thereof, is the…

  • Working on Relaxation with Your OTTB

    Working on Relaxation with Your OTTB

    There is a particular image many of us have in our heads when we think of retired racehorses or OTTBs. It usually involves a sleek, beautiful athlete, prancing around. The sun glistening off its deep, beautiful coat. The same coat drenched with sweat… Unfortunately when we think ‘thoroughbred’, it is easy to also think ‘a…

  • Making Progress with Your OTTB

    Making Progress with Your OTTB

    OTTBs or retired racehorses are often one of the most rewarding types of horses to work with.  Yes, sometimes the ‘can’ require more effort than other horses or ponies.  However, most dedicated OTTB owners will tell you that, in their opinion, they give more of themselves as well. OTTBs have also been previously ‘conditioned’ to…

  • Working on the Basics…

    Working on the Basics…

    This morning saw me in the arena working with a new rider and her horse who had ridden over from a neighbouring farm for a lesson. As she began working with her horse, I realised that we needed to go back to basics, before we could go any further with her training. Their biggest issue…

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