Riding

We hear this often and it is used to describe how a horse “goes”. How they move, how they ride in a general sense. But how many people know what “going well” actually entails? Just because your horse moves when you give the proper aid, doesn’t mean it is going well or moving well. Just …

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With the majority of saddles manufactured for the male physique, it’s no wonder that many riders are so used to the discomfort that it’s become the norm. Riders think it’s normal when….Their hip joints hurt after each rider.Their knees ache.Their back is sore.They have rub marks and bruises along the upper inner thigh.They need to …

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“Bring your leg back!!” Whether you’re a rider or coach, you’ve probably heard this being yelled across a riding ring (or have been the one yelling it). But, did you know that this ‘leg-forward’/chair seat phenomenon is not caused by lack of skill or poor posture on behalf of the rider? Chair seat, leg forward …

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Just because something is common, standard or widely accepted does not make it correct. When looking at the equine athlete, we often see anomalies or physical abnormalities that are considered normal, with little regard or understanding of how severe the malformation or injury actually is. For example, when we look at the neck of a …

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Contact. What is it? Why is it important? Contact is an ambiguous term for many riders. Some believe they must carry the horse and hold them, others believe there should be no contact. Let us first define contact to better understand it. Contact is the line in which you communicate hand aids to the horse, …

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As with the break in the cervical vertebrae, the injury of the lumbosacral junction is extremely common and many owners/riders don’t think twice about it. The equine athlete has 18 thoracic vertebrae which lead into the 6 lumbar vertebrae, which lead into the sacrum. Unlike the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, the sacrum consists of 5 …

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Why every rider should pay attention as soon as they’re mounted.  When our CSE’s or CEE’s (Certified Equine Ergonomists) conduct a saddle fit evaluation, they always assess the horse and rider in movement to get the full picture. Oftentimes, the rider will state that they need about 20 min to warm up the horse for …

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We hear this a lot, but challenge those who have said this with “Did you know what to look for?” I would like to believe we are, as a species, well-meaning and kind for the most part. That we would never intentionally cause discomfort and harm to an animal. That being said, it’s very easy …

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