Using Equine Simulators in all-round rider development

It’s been crazy two weeks with an especially busy last weekend so it’s now back to the blogging board with updates πŸ™‚ On Saturday 14th I had a pleasure to run a training day at Milton Keyens Eventing Centre for a fantastic group of riders whose horses underwent rehabilitation at Rockley Farm. I will write … Continue reading Using Equine Simulators in all-round rider development

ONE YEAR ON: From a very nervous beginner rider to 12 months later…VIDEO STORY

On the 5th of May 2014 I received an email with this opening line (I hope Nigel isn’t going to kill me for quoting him! πŸ˜‰ : Wiola, I’ve looked at a number of riding schools and they mostly seem to stick you on a horse and let you get on with it.Β  From what … Continue reading ONE YEAR ON: From a very nervous beginner rider to 12 months later…VIDEO STORY

#NoStirrupsNovember with a difference!

Just a little video exercise for you today! It helps with mechanics of rising trot, with rider’s balance, stability, core strength, symmetry, independence of stirrups in case of loss of balance/loss of stirrups to name a few benefits. If done correctly, the rider should not grip with the thighs. Thigh muscles remain snug against the … Continue reading #NoStirrupsNovember with a difference!

Dancing in the rain – a few positive sides of rainwater and puddles!

Late August in England is a bit like an opening act of drizzles inevitably followed by countless rainy days – you better learn to like them or you enter a season of awaiting for drier months to return. My boots are already saturated and it’s barely started to truly rain πŸ˜‰ If you know of … Continue reading Dancing in the rain – a few positive sides of rainwater and puddles!

One teenage rider’s “before” and “3 months on” progress tracking video

Today I would like to share with you this short progress tracking video of a 14 year old rider on Aspire Equestrian training programmes. I review each long term rider progress every 3 months to make sure they improve in their awareness, balance, coordination and understanding of horse friendly training. Every rider will progress at … Continue reading One teenage rider’s “before” and “3 months on” progress tracking video

So You Want to Improve Your Sitting Trot? Try this :) [plus voucher for Aspire blog readers]

So you want to improve your sitting trot? Perhaps there is another pesky seat issue you just can’t seem to get right? Maybe you have a young horse or one with sensitive back and you would like to improve your balance and technique? Check out our seat bootcamp sessions offer below! Come by yourself or … Continue reading So You Want to Improve Your Sitting Trot? Try this πŸ™‚ [plus voucher for Aspire blog readers]

How Can I Ride my Horse ‘more evenly’ and in better balance – Part 1. Exploring The Bowen Technique for Riders

`The last blog post, “Falling in through the shoulder” and other issues not to ignore” had an interesting comment left by Bryony who asked “Can you give me some examples of good exercises to teach my horse to use both limbs with even weight load, or recommend websites that would give some examples?” There are … Continue reading How Can I Ride my Horse ‘more evenly’ and in better balance – Part 1. Exploring The Bowen Technique for Riders

Mixing Disciplines to Improve as a Rider

We often sayΒ that for a horse to be athletic, healthy and interested in his work he needs variety in his training. However, we don’t always apply this to ourselves as riders and tend to carry a label of a “dressage rider”, “jumper”, “eventer” (the latter having probably most varied training routines from all) and stick … Continue reading Mixing Disciplines to Improve as a Rider