I know from both riding horses and my TBI recovery, that making note of milestones on your riding journey is important. It is cool to see how far you have come. I bet you have had a lot more milestones than you think. The Decision Making the decision to start riding is a milestone in … Continue reading New and Returning Rider Bootcamp- Milestones!
Besides the common rider problems that I mentioned yesterday, this is one of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of teaching the canter. It tends to be especially common in lesson horses. Since their riders are inexperienced, no fault of their own, the horse leans in and they don’t know … Continue reading What To Do If Your Horse Leans In Or Drops His Shoulder
Your Cantering Now! The other day I wrote about cantering. How to ask for it, what the expect,etc.. I was hoping to give you as much information as I could about what it would be like cantering for the first time. That way it wouldn’t seem so daunting and maybe if you have been hesitant, … Continue reading Simple Solutions For Problems At The Canter!
Catching Up So last time we talked, we were starting to think about cantering. We discussed if you thought you were ready or not. I emphasized that it is no rush…horsemanship is a journey. Not a weekend trip or day trip! Your Instructor Says You Are Ready! Your instructor says you are ready to canter. … Continue reading New Rider Bootcamp Update
So you might have read the last post I wrote about the necessary skills for learning how to canter but still feel unsure. Here are some other things to try to help you prepare! Talk To Your Trainer Let your trainer know how you are feeling. If there is something specific you are concerned about, … Continue reading 26. Still Not Sure If You Are Ready To Canter?
Take a look at this list. If you can check yes to most of these than I would say that you are about ready to start learning how to canter! Skills Riders Need In Order To Canter Safely Good Basic Position: Straight line from shoulder to hip to heel. Deep Seat: Ability to sit deep … Continue reading 25. Are You Ready To Canter?
Yesterday I talked about the importance of relaxation in riding. We talked about the reasons why it is important to relax on horseback, but not the “how to” relax on horse todays mission. First, You Need To Identify Why You Are Tense An important part of being able to relax is figuring out why you … Continue reading 24. Relaxation (Part 2)
Being able to be relaxed on horseback is an important skill for all riders to learn. It comes easier to some of us than it does others. That is okay though, relaxing on a horse is a skill that can be worked on and improved with time. First Things First! Leave all your negativity away … Continue reading 23. Relaxation (Part 1)
Another Great Skill That Will Help With Cantering Riding in two-point position is another great way to tighten up your lower leg and improve your core strength. All things that will make you more prepared for cantering. Also, if you ever hope to jump, the two-point position is the position that you need to learn … Continue reading 22.Boot Camp Riders-Riding in Two-Point
I just realized that I have not written anything to my boot camp riders in a while! This is a check in type post to make sure you are focusing on the right things so that you will be ready for learning the next to important lessons. What are the next two important lessons? Riding … Continue reading 21.Boot Camp Rider Check-In!