This month’s unmounted exercise is a simple yet effective one, and it’s something I usually mention to all the riders I coach at one point or another! Doing this exercise three to four times a week is ideal for improvement of your lower leg position when riding.
Trigger stacking is something we’ve all experienced, whether in ourselves or our animals. It’s something I am very aware of (and try to avoid!) when working with horses as it can often result in explosive unwanted behaviour.
My remote video coaching sessions are designed to be an easy and convenient way to improve your horse’s way of going or your own riding/horsemanship through video analysis. Remote coaching is like having a pocket coach – available without the need to wait for your weekly slot, and avoiding any travel costs that might incur when having a coach come to you. It’s a support system to help you reach your goals, whether it be ridden or on the ground, at a time and place most convenient to you. No need to work around your coach’s availability, or struggle with balancing your time!
I first heard of and used diatomaceous earth (DE) when I was working on a ranch in California. I was intrigued to learn that this white powder, which we were adding to the horses feed, had numerous health benefits, including being a natural wormer. The lady who owned the ranch claimed she hadn’t had any issues with worms for years and owned a large number of horses, all of which received a small cup of DE a day.
Volunteer work is one of the best ways to further your equestrian skills, and is an excellent form of continual professional development. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a fair amount of my time travelling last year, and this has provided me with opportunity to expand my knowledge of horse care, training, and riding in different countries.