Helmets- Personal Choice or Community Standards?

Every now and then something happens to stir up the helmet debate. Images like the one above always look more glamorous and romantic sans helmet.  This year, it’s the changes that are being brought about in terms of what standards are permitted at competition, and what standards no longer qualify.

Bitless Riding Differences

Is it the same as riding in a bit? When riding with a bitless bridle, there are some perceived, and a couple of real differences to riding with a bit that will help with your transition and training. Confident riders and well educated horses who have a good basic foundation generally won’t have a problem adapting to a bitless bridle because essentially the principles are the same – ride with your mind and seat first, then legs and hands second, keeping the feel soft and light. But if you lack confidence or knowledge and are not riding a responsive educated…

[VIDEO] Stories of Greatness: Boyd Martin, Three-Day Eventer

If you haven’t heard the Boyd and Silva Martin story yet, get a cup of tea and a box of tissues ready.  Boyd grew up in Australia and moved to the states to pursue his career as an professional event rider, and took up citizenship with the USA.  He’s now a regular USA Team member at international competitions, including the most recent Olympics. This video was created by the Martin’s sponsors, Purina, and tells an inspiring story of perseverance, dedication, talent and love.  Enjoy!

What’s Happened to Good Horsemanship?

By Ross Jacobs Most of my clinics are attended by people with a wide range of experience and interests. As well as many amateur and occasional riders I often meet very experienced horse people at my clinics. Many have been riding most of their life. Some have even competed successfully at a high level in various disciplines. I get a smattering of trainers from various horse sports. A few have been judges in various disciplines such as dressage or jumping, reining, halter breed classes etc. These are people will a lot of experience and many skills in their chosen field.…

Is Equestrian Sport Ready to be Disrupted?

When my daughters expressed an interest in ponies I couldn’t believe my luck. Ah wonderful, a way to live my dreams vicariously through my children! You see I have always been fascinated by horses & the relationship some humans have with them. As a child I had riding lessons once a week, but my brother’s serious chronic heart condition and consequent death rendered any dreams of being one of those “horsey girls” defunct. Life kind of fell apart. Anyway, despite some difficult times, my love for horses continued and I took great solace in those darker days spending time in…

Feel- Part 6 The Rider Training Scale

As equestrian enthusiasts we should all understand the principles of riding and the training scale for the development and education of our horses. What is not often discussed is that there is also a ridden scale of training that assists rider progression in the development of an independent seat. Over the next few months I hope to explain and break down the Rider Training Scale from a physiotherapy perspective giving you insight into becoming a more effective and efficient rider.

Freak Riding Accident? Hardly

The horse world has lost some good riders in the last few weeks. Sadly, it happens all too often. Horses can be unpredictable and people get hurt. Some of it is unavoidable and some of it is totally preventable.

What’s Wrong with a Bucket and Sponge?

It’s a sight we see at many a horse event – hot, sweaty horses standing in line waiting for their turn at the wash bays. Debatably, it’s a great time for your horse to have a pick of grass and you a chat to your friend or debrief your round with a loved one, but what is happening on the inside of your horse? While he may appear to be enjoying a pick of grass as he waits his turn for a wash, on the inside his temperature is rising and every degree counts. If a horse’s body temperature rises…

Contact and Dexterity- Part 5 The Rider Training Scale

As equestrian enthusiasts we should all understand the principles of riding and the training scale for the development and education of our horses. What is not often discussed is that there is also a ridden scale of training that assists rider progression in the development of an independent seat.