Horse Health & Rider Fitness

How I learned to saddle-up with my nerves and become a better competitor

October 4th, 2016 at 10:11 am I remember my first Grand Prix test. It was at Showpark in Del Mar, California. My friends and family were so supportive and came along to cheer me on. I have no idea if it was hot or cold but I know that, either way, I was dripping with sweat! Continue reading Read Article

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Developing a Super Seat: LEGS

September 28th, 2016 at 3:07 pm Now that we have brought awareness to our torso, this month we are going to look at leg stability. The torso has a big influence on the legs and how we control them, that is why it was addressed first… … Continue reading Read Article

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How do you develop a super seat…

at 3:07 pm Rebecca Ashton continues on her journey to teach us how to develop the super seat... Continue reading Read Article

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Feeding challenges of the geriatric equine athlete…

at 3:06 pm There are lots and lots of older horses out there, still competing in their prime. Equine nutrition expert, Liz Owens looks at how you can prolong the competitive career of your favourite equine… Like humans, horses are remaining sounder and … Continue reading Read Article

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Stop your horse rushing at the jump!

at 3:06 pm Some of the serious accidents in the lower levels of eventing and with less experienced riders come about when horses rush their cross-country fences, says Australia’s leading horse behaviourist, Andrew McLean, but according to Andrew, while it might take time and patience to solve the problem - you can solve it... Continue reading Read Article

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Developing a Super Seat: continued with Rebecca Ashton

at 3:06 pm The last two months we looked at the front and the back of the torso. To complete the “circle”, this month we’ll be looking at the sides. When we ride, we need good stability in our waist. If good control … Continue reading Read Article

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Developing a Super Seat: REACTION

September 23rd, 2016 at 12:45 pm The precision of dressage demands good reaction from the rider. There is no point in feeling the stimulus from the horse, but not being able to react quickly enough. Udo Bürger tells us that riders must be, “bold, agile and … Continue reading Read Article

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What’s the latest in parasite control?

September 6th, 2016 at 4:05 pm We asked Dr Elizabeth Tee, Registered Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine, University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden The treatment has changed a lot, this extract is from the Animals’ Treatment First  Aid Book which was in it’s seventh edition over 50 … Continue reading Read Article

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Developing a super seat… continued

July 27th, 2016 at 10:16 am with Rebecca Ashton This month we look at how to achieve a soft, independent hand whilst keeping control of our upper body and not letting the horse “run through” us.  La Gueriniere tells the story, “Pignatelli, convinced by his own … Continue reading Read Article

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Rider Exercise: Spinal and Pelvic Mobility

July 22nd, 2016 at 2:31 pm Pilates instructor, and riding coach, Rebecca Ashton has some exercises that will help any rider... Continue reading Read Article

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The Ten Commandments…

June 22nd, 2016 at 11:10 am Andrew McLean has a 10 point check list to see if your training program is based on sound scientific principles... Continue reading Read Article

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Off-the-Horse Fitness for Dressage Riders – Is it necessary?

May 27th, 2016 at 1:36 pm Rebecca Ashton looks into off-the-horse fitness for riders... Some dressage riders do it. Some don’t do it. Is it really necessary? Continue reading Read Article

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