Around the World

Around the World is the name of an exercise we often use to gauge rider balance, coordination, confidence and suppleness. This is a fun exercise involving dropping one’s reins, taking both feet out of the stirrups and moving around the horse with one leg at a time until the rider has completed a 360 degree…

The Bitless Dressage Debate

There is a petition circulating the net, requesting the option to allow bitless dressage at a competitive level. Bitless riding is not a new concept and it can be seen in many different riding circles and disciplines. The old masters frequently started their horses in cavessons instead of bits. The thinking behind this was to…

Monty Roberts Tour

Anyone who has investigated Natural Horsemanship will have heard about Monty Roberts some time in their riding career. Monty Roberts was the first man in the equine industry I heard about as a 13-year old, who tried to “speak horse”. We have the opportunity to meet him and see his work in action this year,…

Jumping is Tough!

What happens when a horse jumps? Unhindered by a rider, each horse will show a different style of jumping. Styles can be influenced to a certain degree, in order to create straightness, more power, a more efficient “tuck”, carefulness and good judgement. Physically, jumping is one of the most strenuous activities a horse can do….