We spend hours preparing ourselves and our horses for horse shows - riding, grooming, conditioning, cleaning tack ... and the list goes on. Some riders focus only on winning a shiny trophy or chasing points, but there is much more to be gained by taking a simpler outlook to your show season.
More than just a chore, grooming plays an important role in how your horse feels about you and the time you spend together - both on the ground and in the saddle.
Find out the meaning of "putting your horse in a frame" and how to achieve correct posture under saddle.
This article looks at two different approaches to the saddle question: traditional saddles with trees and today’s treeless saddles.
Improve your position and develop an independent seat.
Groundwork is an important part of training with many uses. You can lunge for short periods or long-line a horse that is too young or unfit to be ridden.
Most of these training issues can be resolved by going back to basics and establishing relaxation and balance through correct bend.
A horse learns to trust you based on your relationship together. A horse learns to like you through your communication and leadership.