A nice demonstration of bitless riding

Although I have nothing against bitless riding (I rode my last horse bitless), I rarely see good examples of it on YouTube. Here’s a video of Uta Gräf riding the Holsteiner stallion Le Noir bitless schooling some Grand Prix movements. Very nice riding, indeed! Of course it could be argued that she is an exceptional […]

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Lessons Remembered: Keeping your horse underneath you

It may seem rather obvious, but you want your horse to stay balanced under you when you ride. You don’t want to be behind the motion or listing to one side or the other. The good news is that your horse wants to stay under you and actually will do its best to help you […]

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Lessons Remembered: Differentiating forward from fast

Horse have their own rhythms. Run them off their feet and they look like a sewing machine. Ride them in the right tempo and you enhance their natural suspension. Years ago when I was trying to teach one of my horses to lengthen at the trot, my trainer gave me a technique that really helped […]

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