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What is NLP and how can it help you regain riding confidence?

If you’ve ever Googled ‘rider confidence’ there’s a high chance that you’ve seen references to NLP (neurolinguistic programming)...

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Look Where You Are Going!!

Sounds pretty obvious doesn't it? But it's a lot harder than it sounds, we have so much to think about as riders, remembering to look up can be last in this list and happening far too late. Read on...

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Golden Valley Equestrian Centre Spotlight

First Class Facilities in a Picturesque Setting Derbyshire.

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Organise Your Riding Time

BHS Accredited Professional Coach, Rider and Stable Manager. BD Competition Rider, Trainee Judge. Mindset and Performance Coach. UKCC3.

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Prepare for your next Dressage Adventure

This blog post is a call to action for riders to choose a Dressage competition or challenge to prepare for.

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Is Your Horse Straight?

Most horses start their ridden career with a degree of one-sidedness...

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Top Tips for Riding in the Winter

We’re definitely in the grip of winter now and it can be a real challenge to get motivated to ride at this time of year. Time is precious and here are my top tips for riding in the winter:

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Rules of Relaxation

The first basic ‘rung’ of the German Scales of Training is rhythm, a key component of the training of any ridden horse. However, for me rhythm can only really be achieved if the horse is relaxed.

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Rewarding Your Horse

I’m a big believer in rewarding my horses when they try hard, or do something that I ask. But I’m quite particular in how I reward & praise them.

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Connect to the Contact

I believe that it should be a true twoway conversation, where I can request something from the horse and he can respond. 

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Slave to the Rhythm

Rhythm means how regular the steps are at each pace. Every stride should be a consistent length, height and level of impulsion (energy).

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