Installing an emergency brake: How to perform a one-rein stop

Most of the time your horse (hopefully) stops on cue. You increase the contact on your reins and simultaneously ask your horse to slow by stopping his forward motion with resistance from your seat. On rare occasions, you may need more stopping power. It could be that your horse has bolted or started bucking, or […]

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Bridging Your Reins Gives You (and your Horse) Security

Bridging reins

When I started eventing, way back in 1983, one of the first things my trainer explained was how to bridge my reins. She had me use the bridge when galloping: it gave me more security, gave my horse a constant, steady contact, and kept the reins from slipping through my fingers (or being pulled through […]

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How Long can You Keep the Marbles on the Plate?

One of the secrets to maintaining an elastic connection with your horse’s mouth is to ride with a soft, bent elbow. When you straighten your arms and brace you are unable to follow the movement of the horse’s mouth so you are holding rather than supporting. You also lose the benefit of your body’s core. […]

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Eyes on the Ground

How appropriate that right after my last post (on choosing a clinician), I took a lesson. I hadn’t taken a lesson for months and I knew I had slipped into some bad habits. My husband can’t understand why I still need instruction; “after all,” he says, “don’t you know how to ride yet?” In theory, […]

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Choosing a Clinician

Clinics can be very helpful. A fresh pair of eyes and some new approaches can help you get out of a rut or offer a new solution to an old problem.  However, clinics are expensive and at times the advice you receive can conflict with what your trainer has tried to impart. So how do […]

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