Anonymous asked: Thank you so much, it has helped a lot! Well, i've been riding for about a month and i know you may think that its ridiculous for me to complain when i've been such little time riding but the thing is that i used to ride when i was 8-11 and i was pretty good. I couldn't afford classes anymore until now... But yeah, it makes me really embarrassed that i fall a lot. But yeah, thanks :) do you do any other exercises at home or anything? Like without a horse hahaha
I get quite a few anons help asks so I’m not sure if it was trot you wanted help with or if you asked about jumping position?
So I’ll go for both (:
Each time you go up and down the stairs at home or stairs anywhere really I want you to do some calf raises and drops. Put the balls of your feet on the edge of the step and push your weight into your heels until you feel the muscle really working. Repeat a few times, this strengthens calf muscles and gets your ankles & muscle memory used to dropping weight into you heels which really helps your balance and prevents you gripping with the knee during any no stirrup work. Remember soft through the knee, hug the horsey with your lower leg. (:
Jumping I like to practise my jumping position on anything, I straddle barrels at the barn or exercise balls at home and practise going into position and it feels like you’re sat on a horse, without actually sitting on a horse wondering what on earth you’re up to (:
Anonymous asked: There's a petition going round to ban the use of bits in equestrian sports, whats your opinion on the matter?
Are you having a bloody laugh?
Ok. ok. ok.
Right. the ONLY way I or any rider infact can hurt a horses mouth with a bit is to be really harsh on the mouth and be a heavy handed rider.
Lets take that same heavy handed rider and let them ride in a bitless bridle. oh. Look. The horse is still in pain because the rider is applying nasty amounts of force to the nose & poll instead of the mouth.
Rather than starting a shitty petition of ‘Ban bitted bridles’ why not Ban shitty heavy handed riders who think you get outline/frame from yarking and tugging at your horses mouth?
I’m sorry but I know a girl who rides bitless and the sores around her pony’s nose from her bridle is disgusting because all she does is tug and saw on the reins.
one horse is ridden in a double bridle (both a pelham & snaffle at the same time) or pelham bit, another one of my horses is ridden in a myler (rotatory jointed snaffle) the others are either in kimblewicks or French link snaffles. Guess what. They have much softer mouths than the other girls pony. That’s because I use my hand aid properly.
A kind rider in a pelham bit or double bridle is much much softer & kinder than a harsh rider in a bitless.
why do people think taking the bit out makes the pain of a bad rider go away?
anyone who’s signed that petition needs to seriously question their riding ability and take lessons from a decent rider.
ending point; Bits are not cruel. Only a rider can be ‘Cruel’