• Creativity can lead to better dressage.

    Trying new things can be scary and intimidating and off putting and a whole host of other synonyms for “not fun”.  It can also be one of the keys to better riding. And I’m not talking about trying a pole class if you’re a western pleasure rider; or learning classical in hand work if you Continue reading »

  • Resolutions

    This might seem a little late to be talking about resolutions. It is more traditional to talk about resolutions in the first week of January. But I didn’t. Firstly, because I didn’t feel like writing it then, and it would feel wholly dissatisfying to publish something just because my internally imposed agenda says “I publish Continue reading »

  • How much is Enough?

    In all things there is a sweet spot, a point of just the right amount. The right amount of chili, of salt, or of sugar. The perfect volume of G to T. The exact number of mince pies between satisfied and sick.  Somewhere there is a Goldilocks moment which is just right. And it’s not Continue reading »

  • The 20m Circle

    When is a riding circle more than just circling? The 20m circle, stalwart of the riding lesson and dressage test. The horse and rider continuously arcing round from C to X and back again, a picture of balance and harmony. Or at least that’s what we are all aiming for, but have you ever stopped Continue reading »

  • Voyaging.

    3.5 min read I have been listening to Robert Macfarlane’s book The Old Ways this week. For a grounded wanderer and aspiring long distance traveller like me, his descriptions of the ancient British thoroughfares of land and sea are better than any day dream.  One of my main joys in endurance riding is discovering new Continue reading »

  • Looking good

    As humans, our eyes are currently our primary method of assessing the world around us.  So much emphasis is placed on how things look.  I sometimes wonder if this isn’t at the expense of some of our other senses. As a bodyworker I use my sense of touch as I palpate, my hearing as a Continue reading »

  • So many schools, do all roads lead to Rome?

    The world of riding has more divisions and subsets than all the religions of the world.  OK, so that’s not a proven fact but it certainly seems that way to me.  In my specialist area of classical dressage there so many different schools. That is, in part, the nature of the beast. Classical work has Continue reading »

  • The ugliest shoulder in

    Competitive dressage and traditional biomechanics have led us to a place where there is “correct movement” and “incorrect movement”. Lots of us pay good money each weekend to be judged on our skills at “correctness”. And yet did you know that the repetition of a narrow band of even the most “correct movements” is actually Continue reading »

  • We study what we are

    We study what we are I heard this phrase while listening to Dr Shanté Cofield’s Movement Maestro podcast. My ear drums are subjected to as much Little mix and the Hamster song as my kids can force upon me, at least twice a day on the school run. So, as soon as I’ve kissed them Continue reading »

  • Fear – life skills for riding II

    It may seem like for a blog about horses, I write a lot about what is going on inside the person. The trouble is the horses are so perceptive they see all our Stuff, and quite often reflect it right back at us. That’s why horses are such great teachers. Just look at the rise Continue reading »