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Equipilates Explained

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Lindsay Wilcox-Reid, 23 September 2014 15:47

Welcome to the Your Horse Equilates Explained series. I’m Lindsay Wilcox-Reid, and I'm a dressage trainer, author and founder of the movement therapy method for riders, Equipilates™ In this series, I’m going to talk you through a range of helpful exercises aimed at improving your performance as a rider.  All these exercises are unmounted, and all focus on improving your intrinsic biomechanics – ...

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Make sure your new yard is the perfect fit

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Sam Lewis, 10 April 2014 10:09

Moving yards can be a stressful business, but with a bit of planning and some clever questions you can do your best to pin down whether a new yard will be right for you and your horse before you take the plunge. Follow our expert advice from livery yard owner Stephanie Buchanan, who runs the Armour Centre Saddle Club in Dorset ...

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Find out how to get your perfect equine career

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Emma Dyer, 10 April 2014 09:18

Emma Dyer took the plunge to set up her own business, www.equine-careers.co.uk, after being made redundant, and she hasn't looked back. Here’s her advice on forging your dream equine career, whatever your circumstances now.  “Whatever job you’re interested in, it always pays to do your research and make yourself as appealing as possible to employers. If you’re coming from outside ...

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Beat the clock

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Your Horse, 31 July 2013 16:09

If it sometimes feels impossible to get everything done, try these time-saving tips to clock up extra time to be with your horse SAVE 5 minutes Before you hit the snooze button again, imagine how those extra morning minutes could create more ‘carrot time’ with your horse each evening. SAVE 10 minutes Be focused – you’re missing out on valuable ...

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Build your confidence from on board

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Debby Percy, 05 July 2013 14:50

Sports psychologist Debbie Percy shares her advice for building confidence from on board. Exercise 1 While in halt, breathe in for seven seconds and out for seven seconds, you should do this four or five times. This will help relax you before your ridden session begins and help you to get in tune with your horse’s breathing. Exercise 2 While ...

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Achieve your goals

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Simon Grieve, 21 March 2013 17:20

Up and coming eventer Simon Grieve helps you combat your nerves and achieve your competing goals   Fight your nerves “Even with solid preparation, nerves can still creep up on us. Doubts come into our minds – our own lack of ability, letting our horse or others down, making a fool of ourselves, failure, jumps being too big, dressage tests ...

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Breathing exercises

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Debbie Percy, 28 February 2013 16:39

If you’ve lost confidence in a certain area of your riding, it’s likely you’ll show it in your body when on board. If you’re lacking in confidence or overcome by nerves you’ll no doubt be tense and tight and probably won’t be breathing effectively. Sport psychologist, Debbie Percy, shares her top exercises to try before you ride or as you ...

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Tips for successful sharing

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Donna McDowall, 20 August 2012 14:11

If you're thinking of going into a horse share, make sure you take a look at Donna McDowall’s (founder of www.horsesharesuk.co.uk) checklist of tips for successful sharing... For owners - Before you advertise, decide what you most want from a sharing arrangement – help or cash, and be realistic - Think about the level of riding competence your horse requires ...

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Methods to increase your confidence

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Your Horse, 24 May 2012 11:55

With hundreds of books and thousands of internet pages devoted to the many and varied techniques that claim to banish nerves it can be daunting to know where to start. To help you on the road to a happier, more confident you, here’s our round-up of some of the best-known strategies...   NLP NLP (or neuro-linguistic programming to give it ...

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Wiola's Fitness Plan

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Wiola Grabowska, 23 February 2012 09:00

Depending on your resources and facilities I would try to incorporate the following into your weekly routine:   Step 1 - Slow distance work - start with 20-30min of walking (out hacking ideally or roadwork if it is safe enough for you and your horse). Increase the time slowly over a minimum 3-4  weeks period until you are doing 1-1 ...

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