The Power of Walk

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Sit down with a nice cup of tea and have a read of Diana's latest horsey posts.

What is In-Hand? balance in-hand posture Mar 16, 2024

In-hand is not lungeing, long-reining, leading or groundwork with a halter and rope, although these all have their place.When we are doing in-hand, we don’t drive or draw, but synchronise and...

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The Paradoxical Theory of Change: How intentions can impede progress Mar 14, 2024

As many of you know, I’m passionate about connected, targeted slow walk work and the incredible effects it can have.

A tricky paradox that I come across time and time again is that when...

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Connected and Targeted Walk Work: It really works Mar 10, 2024

I enjoy analysing my work through progress photos and working out why these changes take place. In my experience, connected and targeted walk work brings about more positive long term changes than...

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A deep dive into extended trot Mar 05, 2024

Should extended trot be allowed in dressage, or should we return to what used to be extended trot but is now usually referred to as medium trot? This article looks at just one aspect: the toe-first...

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Teaching a horse to stretch Feb 27, 2024

Many horses, especially Arab types as shown here, will not instinctively stretch forward when the reins are released. This is usually because there is too much tension held in the neck and/or jaw,...

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Training the eye: extended trot Feb 24, 2024

Extended trot goes wrong when the front end of the horse becomes disconnected from the back end.This post is to help understand how and why exaggerated forehand lift and extravagent front leg...

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A relationship based approach to working with a horse who wants to eat grass Feb 21, 2024

One of the biggest challenges I face in relationship based work is the issue of working in a grass arena with a horse who is not allowed much grass due to laminitis risk.He has a genuine and...

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The importance of alignment: less (bend and angle) is more Feb 16, 2024

These two horses are both carrying out a lateral movement - but can you see how one benefits the horse and the other does not? Recently, there was an interesting discussion on my page about leg...

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Why I love leg yield Feb 05, 2024

Leg yield is such a good exercise for balance and suppling. It really supports the horse to explore their balance in the whole body by transferring weight from leg to leg, sideways as well as...

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Feeling it in your body Jan 28, 2024
Some talented trainers have the ability to not only feel what is going on beneath them, but to be able to describe it in terms of what each muscle is doing, both in the horse’s body and their...
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The “weightlifter” face Jan 28, 2024

I find it very important to use a horse’s facial expressions as information as to whether the work they are doing is beneficial and enjoyable for them.A lot of people use the analogy of a...

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Poll the highest point: working with physics Jan 21, 2024

Why is it important that the poll is the highest point?Imagine a triangle with the apex below the horse’s gullet. This apex is free to widen or narrow. The two sides follow the bottom of the...

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