A few notes and reflections from the training day with Luca Moneta Horsemanship

By Wiola Grabowska It seems to me that the most difficult clinics, demos or forums to find are those that explore training methods which can produce a sports horse without traditional systems of dominance, submission and fear training. It is one thing to train a well mannered happy hacker/typical pleasure horse with non-bullying methods, another…

Case Study: Re-educating rising trot

By Wiola Grabowska A solid, correct biomechanics of a rising trot is probably the simplest way of encouraging the horse’s seeking reflexes and as a result, the elusive roudness over the back. For all grassroots riders I teach, there is no escape from this and although I don’t tend to drill mechanically into a “perfect…

Gridwork: “Staircase” exercise

By Wiola Grabowska Riders: Caitlin Thorpe on Nugget Sofija Dubianskaja on Jack Who for Really good exercise for both young/inexperienced and older, more experienced horses as well as riders learning to jump. Benefits for the horse improves athleticism & reaction time encourages the flexion and “tucking in” of the pelvis to produce a better bascule…

Rider’s Question: What length of reins should I ride with and how to develop the right feel for it

By Wiola Grabowska Rider Question: “[…]thanks for my videos. Can we have a chat about rein length at some point […] They just always look so much longer than they feel on Gilly and look awful to me! I feel like it’s something I have the wrong feel for and need to fix.[…]” Video feedback…