How to Test for Poll Suppleness

First loosen the poll by doing what I call +1/-1. Position your horse’s face so you see the left eye and then see the right eye. Do not … [Read more...]

What To Do When Adding Impulsion Creates Tension

Adding Impulsion Creates Tension

Often in our quest to develop the gaits, we add impulsion to the working trot and canter. This is a great goal, but with some horses, … [Read more...]

What Does It Look And Feel Like When Your Horse Is On The Bit?

When a horse is on the bit, here’s what he’ll look like: His entire outline from back to front looks round. His hind legs step … [Read more...]

Put Your Horse in Front of Light Leg Aids

Make sure your horse reacts to light leg aids. Your goal is to “whisper” with your aids and have your horse “shout” his response—Not … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Counter-Canter

Do you want to know the best way to prepare for counter canter? Here are five things to think about: Counter canter should … [Read more...]

Use Your Legs FIRST To Put Your Horse on the Bit

If you only use your hands when trying to put your horse on the bit, you’re making one of the biggest mistakes you can make. By … [Read more...]

Ride Good Corners

No matter what level you’re doing, you have to ride corners. So really use those corners to help your horse. As my coach, Robert Dover, … [Read more...]

How To Stop Leaning To the Inside

Many riders lean to the inside in one direction, and as a result they grip with the outside leg to stay on. Leaning also contributes to … [Read more...]

How To Supple Your Horse’s Poll

It's important to supple your horse's poll, so that the energy you create from behind can travel uninterrupted through his body and be … [Read more...]

7 Tips For An Inviting Contact

If you want to ride your horse on the bit, you need to be sure that you offer an inviting, sympathetic contact. After all, he’s not … [Read more...]