Cori offers her favorite exercises on the flat to help riders get used to regrouping their horses after a line.
Cori tells us how an exercise she calls "stop spots" can be used to teach a beginner rider to stop and steer their mounts.
In this grassroots article, you'll learn what to expect at your first horse show. We'll give you a packing list, tell you what to do when you arrive, and let you know how to navigate the show office and warm-up area.
Adult rider Beth shares her inspirational story of getting back in the tack after a fall and the challenges of returning to the show ring.
Have you decided to start riding again after taking a long break from the sport? It's not as easy as it was when you started. But not to worry, we have some insightful advice on common issues, like fear and fitness, for those of you getting "back in the saddle."
A big welcome to new guest coach Verena Mahin of VS Dressage to the Equestrian Coach family! From her start in the sport in Germany at age five, to living and training with Bert Rutten, Olympic rider/trainer and Chef d’Equipe…
Equestrian Coach Riding Workshop Scholarship winner for 2014, Annah Douthat, shared her experience at the summer workshop with Bernie Traurig on our blog. In this journal, she discovers quite a bit about herself and her riding. Read the insightful and detailed account of her experience and witness just how much a rider can learn in just 5 days!
Here is a priceless look back at some archival footage filmed by Gordon Wright & narrated by George Morris of Mason Phelps’ the American Jumping Derby. This challenging and rugged derby brought the grit of European show jumping to the U.S. courtesy of Mr. Phelps. Held at his stunning family estate in Rhode Island, the Derby was truly a gem of the show jumping circuit from 1976 through 1988.
As riders, we’ve all heard our coaches say “heels down” time and again. Here are three exercises you can do with your stirrups to help get your heels down and leg stronger.
Missy Clark has led the equitation training ranks for years, coaching 35 national equitation champions and reserve champions over the past 17 consecutive years. Learn more about Missy, from her introduction to the sport to her greatest influences.
Get to know Will Simpson from his introduction to the sport, to his biggest influences. Plus a video that features Willʼs own play by play of his brilliant 2008 Olympic Jump-Off on Carlsson Vom Dach that resulted in Team Gold!
In this video Bernie Traurig takes the frustration out of missed diagonals by teaching a rider on a lunge line to feel the diagonal by closing her eyes, focusing on the rhythm of the trot at both the sitting and posting trot.
Bernie Traurig and his daughter, Natasha, demonstrate correct and safe mounting & dismounting techniques. Including getting on a horse from the ground, a mounting block and from a leg up.
In this video, learn how to safely tighten your girth and shorten/lengthen your stirrup leathers while mounted on your horse without dropping the reins or stirrup irons and without the help of someone on the ground.
In this video, Michaela Traurig and her sous-chef, “Hollywood,” create quick, easy & delicious horse treats that are sure to be a hit with your horse!
Get to know John French from his introduction to the sport, to his biggest influences. Plus a video featuring Johnʼs own play by play of his brilliant 2009 $100,000.00 USHJA Hunter Derby round aboard “Rumba.”
Proper handling of your horse prevents accidents and helps to ensure that you, other people around you and your horse will be safe and sound. Features a video on safe crosstie practices and tying procedures.