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Schooling Sunday - Riding a hotter horse in the walk & trot

Schooling Sunday - Riding a hotter horse in the walk & trot

Sponsored rider Fran Turner shares her thoughts with us this week on riding hot horses. Fran is currently producing her 13hh Welsh pony stallion 'Raf' for British Dressage young pony classes following her success with her retrained ex racehorse who she trained from the track to PSG. She describes Raf as very 'goey' - never spooky, never silly but always thinking about moving forward and sometimes that means his hind leg is 10 steps ahead of his brain! So how do you school a hot horse, how do you avoid all that power ending up in your hands? The first thing...

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#mentalhealthawareness week

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#mentalhealthawareness week

This week its National Mental Health Awareness week across the UK and to support awareness Horse & Hound magazine featured a brand new initiative 'Employers Minds'. The scheme aims to support employers in the industry with their mental health - something thats become a huge topic in the industry for employers, employees and riders alike especially with the rise of social media. Dressage rider & breeder - Anna Ross recently spoke out on her facebook page about the scheme, praising it for raising awareness of the issues equestrian employers face and how opening communication between clients and service providers could...

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Breeches without breaking the Bank

Breeches are an absolute staple of any equestrian's wardrobe. I don't know about you but I've got tons of them, different cuts, different weights, full seat, silicon grip and the holy grail of my 'go to' pair of navy breeches that always make me feel incredible. Over the years, I've tried what must be hundreds of pairs - they've been too long in the leg, too low cut, too high waisted, or just not flattering. I've been told I need to buy a specific brand for £300+ to get the perfect fit and grip. Sound familiar? Well, I can tell...

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Schooling Sunday - Perfecting the transitions

Schooling Sunday

Schooling Sunday - Perfecting the transitions

Transitions are a key part of the horse's education - and whether your horse is young or more experienced, they can help you improve many other aspects of your schooling and flatwork. Balance - horses naturally tend to be on the forehand slightly, so riding some positive downwards transitions closes the frame and brings the weight slightly back onto the hindlegs so the horse learns to carry itself in a more uphill balance. Riding direct - Trot > Walk, Canter > Walk transitions with some 'half' transitions within the pace - for example a bigger to a smaller trot will...

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Equissentials Dressage - The rebrand...

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Equissentials Dressage - The rebrand...

If you've been on our website or social media pages before, you might have noticed that over the weekend there was a bit of a change (and quite a bit of chatter on our stories about it!). We rebranded, and moved the website over to a new shopping platform - but why? You might be wondering why. Launching the new logo, and the new website felt a bit nerve wracking if I'm honest. It was a real labour of love and other than a little bit of help with the graphics, all my own work. I didn't want to hand...

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