Archive for 2016

A Better Ride Thru Rider Biomechanics

As a Rider Bio-mechanics coach I frequently get asked what is meant by the term Rider Bio-mechanics and how what I teach differs from ordinary riding instruction. To answer that question one needs to look at the word Bio-mechanics and what that actually means. Bio-mechanics is fundamentally the study of the mechanics of a living read more…

Horse-Rider Interactions thru the Lens of Animal Behaviour

Depending on the discipline one adheres to when working with horses, there are two things that we all have in common. Horses and a passion for horses. The little girl who sneaks out of the house at night to go hang out with her pony in the pasture does so because she loves her horse. read more…

Should your foal go to pre-school?

As with many things in life, you start on one path which leads to another, then another, and then a further one.  Often it is a question unanswered that leads you to experience more, so you change direction.   Each part is experienced before you can proceed to the next.  This is how it has been read more…

4 Exercises to Improve Equestrian Riders’ Pain, Posture, and Performance

Sports Performance Chiropractor Dr. James Spencer is based in Wellington, FL., where he works with equestrian athletes.   The importance of posture is an important discussion when considering the longevity of an athlete’s career in the sport.It is also a commonly discussed topic in the equestrian community. It does not matter what form of riding read more…

Brain, Pain or Training

Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist and equine behaviorist Sue Palmer (MSc MCSP Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist, ACPAT Category A, Intelligent Horsemanship Recommended Associate, BHSAI) has an extensive range of qualifications and an impressive scope of understanding of both the physical and emotional issues that can affect your horse’s performance. Sue believes passionately in helping owners to improve their read more…

Taking the reins – What happens when human handedness meets equine laterality?

Sandra Kuhnke studied Equine Science in Vienna (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna/Austria, BSc) and Hartpury (Hartpury College, UK, MSc) and is a trained equine osteopath and physiotherapist. Sandra is currently working as DQHA’s breed manager for American Quarter Horses as well as finalizing her PhD project (Kassel University, Germany) on the effects of laterality in read more…

Mindful Riding

(Illustration by Sandy Johnson) Beth Glosten retired MD runs RiderPilates, LLC, and is the author of The Riding Doctor: A Prescription for Healthy, Balanced, Beautiful Riding, Now and for Years to Come, as well as the exercise DVD: Ride in Balance. Besides using  Pilates to enhance her own as well as students’ body awareness, health, and riding skills, she is read more…

Relax Horses with Classical Music

As a horse owner and rider we make sure our horse has regular hoof care and veterinary care, we transport him/her in a horsebox as we need, or we expose him/her to new/sudden stimuli, for example at a horse show. But these common management practices can be stressful for a horse, especially for young naive read more…

Wholefood Nutrition for Horses

Rachel Kelly is a fully qualified Master Herbalist and offers a professional service which brings a special and unique approach to the treatment of horses using diet and herbs as the foundation of good health. Rachel has written two books on using wholefoods for your equine friend concentrating on nutrient dense wholefoods like sprouted seeds read more…

Benefits of Straightness Training for horse and rider

In this article Wendy Poore shares her insights on straightness training for horses As riders and trainers we should strive to be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in balance. A horse that is in balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually will be a willing partner. He will be comfortable to ride and there will be read more…