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If you are tired of riding the endless circle, or you're struggling to find inspiration for your riding each week, this is the podcast for you. The Daily Strides Podcast is for equestrians wanting to learn more, stay inspired, and continue to move the conversation between horse and rider forward. Each episode provides step by step guided instruction on different aspects of riding, groundwork, and lunging your horse or pony. All episodes have a full blog post published at https://StridesForSu ...
 
Horse health, behavior, training, competition. Join Friends on Horses with a variety of guests. If you want open conversations about everything “horse” from barefoot trimming and the latest in training, to rider fitness and horse nutrition, this is your hitching post. English, Western, whatever you do Friends on Horses doesn't discriminate.So have a listen and get ready to be saddled with information, these chicks don’t horse around… well maybe a little.
 
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Let’s be honest; many riders don’t really long for a ‘better trot’ in their riding. In fact, most are quite happy to simply work with what they already have right now and see the trot as a filler. A part of the ride that gets you from one thing to the next. And trotting, by its very nature, doesn’t really help change this! The rhythm can often have…
 
It can seem like a strange topic for many OTTB riders and owners. One that, initially, may not seem all that important. And yet, for many OTTBs, the lack of boundaries is the number one frustration. And, it is something that can eventually undermine the whole relationship between horse and rider. Setting boundaries requires that both you and your h…
 
It is easy to forget that, before coming to you, your OTTB has had many different expectations placed on him or her. A lot of their current behavior is a result of this early and consistent conditioning they received while in training on the track. One of the greatest responsibilities we have when working with a retired racehorse is to help them un…
 
The key to a good quality trot is to remember that your horse must be moving forwards at all times. I call this forwardness in the trot. This is not to be mistaken for running, rushing, or jig-jogging. True forwardness requires that you, the rider and decision-maker, must be thinking forwards throughout your ride… And, in this case, in the trot its…
 
Planning. I love making plans. They are always so exciting to create, but often fail to deliver the necessary results when we try to act on them. This is usually because we are not planning correctly when it comes to our rides. This is a system you can use to help you plan your months in your riding that will help you move things along… This episod…
 
There are hundreds, even thousands, of different exercises we can ride when schooling our horses. Often riders think that they have to get more and more complicated with their exercises in order to make progress in their riding. However, I personally believe that, for the most part, simple works better. In this episode of the Daily Strides Podcast,…
 
How could becoming more intentional and creative with your warming up transform your riding? After all, it is something that you do every time you ride, right?! If you were to do one thing this month that has the potential to ripple into all the months hereafter where your riding is concerned; becoming intentional about your warming up might just b…
 
Circles; for something that we spend so much time 'doing' with our horses, many riders are more than a little confused when it comes to how to ride a circle. And while the basic 'riding a circle' is fairly simple and most all riders can manage, the issue of riding a well-balanced, good quality, well-maintained, circle is what leaves many riders fee…
 
It is probably the most ridden shape for most riders, the trusty circle. And yet, a lot of circles are uninteresting, uninspiring, and (if we're being completely honest here) a total waste of time for you and your horse. When ridden with a little intention and purpose, the trusty circle can become one of the greatest ways to develop your horse and …
 
What does your average ride or training session with your horse look like? Do you have a riding routine that you follow? If yours is leaning towards, or if it already is, a little too predictable; maybe it's time for a change? While riding the same sequence often can sometimes be beneficial to your riding and training (more on that later), for the …
 
What goes up, must come down. For every upward transition you ride with your horse, you will follow it, at some point, with a downward transition. For many riders, these can prove a little more complex to balance. Having to prepare and then guide both yourself and your horse 'downwards', while continuing to maintain forwardness, tension, and energy…
 
How well do you ride upward transitions? For many riders, it can feel a little frustrating and ironic how many of them are anything but 'upward' as far as energy and lightness go! In fact, sometimes they can feel quite the opposite, flat. Upward transitions are part and parcel of every single ride you do with your horse. From the 'halt to walk' one…
 
Many riders have a desire to school and develop their own horse. Yet, a lot of these riders don't actually know what horse riding skills they need in order to make this a reality. The fact of the matter is that you are always training your horse. Every single interaction. Through your actions, intentional or not, you are always communicating to you…
 
What would happen to your riding if you began to put a little more effort and intention into each warm up? Many riders are literally setting a timer for each warm up. 5 minutes of walking, followed by some trotting and maybe a canter or three... Your warm up is a way to set the tone of the whole conversation with your horse. Whether that is a groun…
 
There is an energy that we experience when we are out on the trail with our horses. It can feel like an added enthusiasm from both horse and rider. And, maybe, blended with the thought of unlimited possibilities. Whatever the reason for it, as riders we can begin to use this energy to develop our horse's training and our own riding skills. Things t…
 
Not having a designated space to ride in, like an arena, can often feel like a big disadvantage. If you have been riding in an open field or been confined to roads for any length of time, you'll probably know what I mean! However, while an arena does help with some aspects of riding, having no arena will also force you to think outside of the box. …
 
Do you want to improve your riding skills, and yet finding more time to spend in the saddle feels an impossible task right now. More time in the saddle means an even more 'busy' schedule! Or, perhaps, you're experiencing the other side of this coin; you're riding all of the hours, but you're not actually seeing any improvement? It is important to r…
 
It's a big question, and it's a question that so many riders wonder about. "Can I train my horse, alone?". For many riders, they will answer this question with another one; "An I a 'good enough' rider?". There are millions of riders all over the world, all with different combinations of skills and talents; being a 'good' rider is relative! However,…
 
For many riders, collection can feel like an exotic and luxury destination that they can only dream about visiting. It can feel very much outside the realms of possibility when they consider their riding abilities and their horse's abilities as well. Now, the flip side of this is that there are also a smaller group of riders who feel entitled to go…
 
When I was first starting out as a rider, I thought that straightness was a simple and easy concept. I remember the first time someone told me that one of the hardest things to do on a horse was to ride a straight line. I didn't believe them! However, turns out they might just have been right... Keep in mind that whenever you are working on the low…
 
How do you know if you have actually achieved true impulsion? What makes this 'real' impulsion different from simply running around the arena like the energizer bunny with your horse? What is impulsion? Impulsion is the harnessing of the energy that your horse creates and that is inside of the 'container' that you and your horse create when working…
 
Contact and connection; hot topics for many riders. This is often because they can feel quite elusive. There is confusion regarding what needs to happen in order for contact to occur. And, how can you tell if the contact is correct and 'good'? What is Contact? This is a big question because many riders feel a lot of confusion around contact. And th…
 
What if I was to say that suppleness is less about being 'bendy' and more about how energy flows in you and your horse... Would that challenge you a little? Or is this something which, if you think of yoga, makes sense? If you sometimes struggle to maintain that lovely 'loosey gooseyness' in your horse, is it possible that you have been making it m…
 
Rhythm is often a funny thing when riding. The reason for this is that rhythm, in the true sense of the word, is any beat that is on repeat... And, most horses tend to have a beat or two that they repeat. This leads many riders to struggle with rhythm. Their question is "if there already is a rhythm, why is it something to work and develop?". And t…
 
It can feel really overwhelming when we begin looking at all the different things you need to include when training your horse, right? All these 'steps' and 'principles' are big pieces of a puzzle in their own right; they also have to work together in order to get the full picture! The training scale is a proven way for you to take these pieces and…
 
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