Category: training tip

So, why do you take riding lessons?

So, why do you take riding lessons? There is an obvious answer – to learn! However, I find more times than I should admit while I’m teaching a lesson I find myself silently saying the words “so why do you take riding lessons?” This is…

Longitudinal Bend, Flexion, and Give

This lovely image shows a horse moving in the most elegant self-carriage. Longitudinal bend, flexion, and give create the lowered hind quarter, elevated front and ultimate lightness in movement. My last post was concerned with the lateral bend of the horse. Today I hope…

More bend, less bend, incorrect bend!

Have you ever heard your trainer say, “more bend, less bend, incorrect bend…nice bend”? Why do we make such a fuss about bend anyway? Regardless of discipline we want our horses to excel to the best of their ability. Bend affects every movement in…