Riding instructor or coach

Riding instructor or coach

Pauline Brimson takes us back to school and asks us to consider the differences between a coach and an instructor. I’m often asked why we all have to be called ‘coaches’ now? I personally have called myself a riding instructor for years and feel I have been providing a pretty good service to my clients. Will it make any difference if I start calling myself a coach?

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Forward Thinking

Forward Thinking

So, you are thinking of breeding you mare?  Great - this can be a rewarding experience but before you go any further, please take a few minutes to read this article and ask a few questions. Responsible breeders set themselves a target as to what they want to breed and why. First of all list your aims and objectives in creating a foal. What do you plan to do with it? Answer honestly and define your reasons and goals.

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Roll Back Perfection

Roll Back Perfection

Don’t throw away a great run down and stop with a ‘mud ugly’ roll back, warns experienced reining judge Bob Mayhew. In nearly 30 years of training reining horses, and 23 years of judging them, the roll back seems to be one of the areas that people fail to grasp the most. Countless good stops have been followed by poor roll backs, U turns, or even turns on the forehand, thereby reducing the manoeuvre evaluation unnecessarily.

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The Last Hoorah

The Last Hoorah

Despite not having ridden for 10 years, stroke victim Linda Durocher enters the show pen one last time. This remarkable story comes with some important life lessons. As I walk to the centre of the pen, friends and other reiners whistle and cheer. I pause to consume the sounds of the arena, breathe deep the smells of the recent drag and watering of the show pen and face the judges with a huge smile.

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Mind Control

Mind Control

Showing and training has more to do with a rider’s mind, focus and attitude than it does having a thousand tools in your toolbox. The mind is free, malleable and easily accessible, and not one of your other tools will be effective unless you have control of it. That’s not to say that some riders seemingly have no connection with their brain; it’s there, it just hasn’t been engaged and may be a little rusty from lack of use.

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Just Add Water

Just Add Water

Used extensively in the States, wood pellet bedding can be a great money saving solution providing horse comfort, easy mucking out and minimal waste. But make sure to do your homework. Wood pellets are composed of wood particles that have been sorted by size, compressed and, in some cases, heat treated and sterilised. This results in significantly increased absorption capability over wood shavings and any other type of bedding.

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Horses Help Heroes

Horses Help Heroes

Mick Fould’s Appaloosa Kaz recounts the nine day challenge he undertook to help escort a horse drawn WW1 ambulance from Lands End to John O’Groats for charity. Horses helps heroes was the idea of paramedic Jacks El Tawil, an experienced horsewoman and carriage driver based in Wiltshire. Jacks was inspired to raise funds for injured servicemen and exservicemen through her love of horses.

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