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Horseback Archery

rating is 4

Katy Islip, 08 May 2014 09:19

Back when military might was measured in actual horsepower, when the bow and arrow was the most advanced long-range weapon, if you could master the two you'd possess one of the most deadly killing machines on the battlefield. From the plains of the Mongolian Steppe, the art of horseback archery spread across the ancient world and is still practised today, ...

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Aids Explained: In-hand

rating is 4.5

Katy Islip, 12 March 2014 09:10

As our Aids Explained schooling series continues in-hand, we've asked classical trainer Diane Followell to explain each exercise as an audio download, so you can listen and learn while you're working with your horse. From improving his halt to increasing suppleness and collection, she'll have it covered as our series progresses, while if you've never trained your horse in-hand don't ...

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Long-lining | Total Confidence Month One

rating is 4

Rosie Jones, 21 January 2014 14:32

Long-lining is a great way to build confidence. Unlike lunging, it replicates the feeling you get down the reins when riding meaning you can do everything from jumping to schooling figures all from the ground. It’s also a great way to see your horse from the ground and really get to grips with how he moves. The more you know ...

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Travers | Total Confidence Month One

rating is 4.5

Sylvia Loch, 21 January 2014 14:32

The lateral movement travers has multiple benefits to help boost your confidence and leads to greater flexibility. The advantages of this movement include improved lateral bend and a more obedient horse who is listening to your leg aids. We put Sylvia Loch’s advice to the test to see the benefits of this confidence-giving movement for ourselves Find out more about ...

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Improve confidence with a friend on the ground | Total Confidence

rating is 4.5

Larissa Chapman, 21 January 2014 14:32

Hacking out alone can be a daunting process and if you don’t have a riding buddy on hand to ride out with, why not ask a friend to walk with you on the ground? Having a rational, relaxed human being on hand to offer your horse reassurance will boost your confidence no end and help you get hacking alone with ...

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10 tips for a good online test

rating is 4.5

Your Horse, 17 January 2014 13:00

Have you always considered competing online? Take a look at our top 10 tips on how to produce a good online test. 1. Consider investing in a tripod to steady the camera. Otherwise, ask whoever’s filming to keep the camera in front of them and turn their upper body to follow the horse. 2. Ask the person who’s filming to ...

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Riding bitless

rating is 4

Katy Islip, 30 October 2013 16:36

Bitless bridles are becoming increasingly common, as riders from all disciplines discover the benefits they offer. We spoke to trainer Mark Smith, who teaches using both bitted and bitless bridles, about why he thinks bitless bridles are brilliant.   brightcove.createExperiences();

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To rug or not to rug?

rating is 4

Larissa Chapman, 01 October 2013 13:05

If you are debating whether your horse requires a rug or not, follow this checklist to decide what is right for him:   1. How often you intend to ride - if only once a week and your horse isn’t clipped there is no real reason to rug him up unless he’s a poor doer.  Instead you will have to ...

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