• Classical Training

    What is Classical Training? There are now many instructors and coaches offering classical work from many of the old schools of dressage. The Germanic and the French schools predominate and almost all of that on offer comes from the old cavalry traditions. The lineage I have chosen to become qualified in is from the earlier, Continue reading »

  • Fascinating Fascia

    Fascia is one of the most exciting, but least famous, tissues of the body. Originally thought to be simply a connective tissue, science is now revealing its myriad functions in proprioception, whole body tension and memory. So where is it? Everywhere! Every muscle, organ, bone and nerve in a body is covered and connected by Continue reading »

  • It’s OK to take a break

    Oh gosh hasn’t this last 6 weeks in the UK been vile. My motivation has really taken a hit. If you have a way to keep going when the weather is this bad please put it in the comments below. Competition season has just begun and I’ve written out the list of events I’d love 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 »

  • What exactly is it that I do?

    There are many different schools of bodywork available these days.  Each has its’ own strengths and it is amazing to have so much choice. I have tried many different techniques and decided to train in those I found most effective both to use and receive.  However, the techniques I chose are not always the most Continue reading »