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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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