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

How to have soft hands Jan 17, 2024

Often in a quest to use the seat as a slowing aid, and from wanting to have the horse respond to seat aids,  the seat and hands become stuck together in a brace, kind of ganging up together...

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An important message to all riding beginners Jan 15, 2024

A beginners mind is a beautiful thing. I’ve been learning about beginners mind and trying to nurture my own. I’ve learned so much about hoof trimming, coming in with a complete...

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My Dream Jan 13, 2024

The sun beats down on the bright white sand

Instructor is yelling “More leg to hand”

I trot round in circles, my eyes to the ground

My ears overwhelmed by the bossy loud sound

I feel...

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How can I build my horse’s topline? Jan 11, 2024
This is a very common question! People that ask this question are often looking for a feed or supplement that can help, and while correct nutrition is an important requirement for building...
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Cavesson or not? A conversation with my horse about lungeing tack Jan 04, 2024

I do small amounts of lungeing from time to time interspersed with in-hand work, to allow the horse to release into trot or canter.Flicker told me in no uncertain terms that the Cavesson...

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Why “Behind the Vertical” is Bad Jan 01, 2024

To begin with, I want to emphasise that headset is part of a bigger picture, and is a product of correctly training the whole body. Headset should be mobile, and never fixed. Any fixed headset is...

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Cheating? Dec 26, 2023

“I taught myself to ride as a child in a GP saddle/ with no saddle at all on a naughty pony that bolted and bucked me off frequently.” - a story told by many successful horse people.I...

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How can I be sure that I am helping my horse? Dec 13, 2023

While an in depth knowledge of anatomy can be invaluable in working out how to help your horse, and I have great respect for those who study and teach anatomy in the context of biomechanics, and...

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Balancing freedom with guidance Dec 12, 2023

It is important to allow horses freedom to experiment with postures. However, I didn’t just abandon Flicker to do this: when I first lunged her, her posture was very detrimental to her body...

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Why I love in-hand: connection not perfection Dec 08, 2023

In-hand has many deep benefits, but I want to talk about a problem. So many people I talk to say they have tried in-hand, but just don’t enjoy it. They see at as something they...

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“Don’t start collected work until the horse is going forward with impulsion"?? Dec 03, 2023
The purpose of collection is to prepare a horse to carry a rider safely with maximum ease and efficiency and minimum wear and tear. Therefore, I don’t agree with the notion that you...
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Who decided that a jointed snaffle is “kinder” than a non-jointed Pelham? Dec 03, 2023
Who decided that a jointed snaffle is “kinder” than a non-jointed Pelham?
 
This was a misconception that I also believed once, being very judgey about people that used Pelhams. I...
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