Classical Riding Series – Part 12
Jan24

Classical Riding Series – Part 12

Shortening and lengthening strides By Anne Wilson Shortening and lengthening a horse’s stride is a good exercise to intersperse, along with transitions, to help the horse to balance and to engage the hindquarters and to build up the weight carrying ability of the haunches. To begin with the lengthened strides do not have to equate to extension or even to a medium trot, but literally just lengthening compared to the normal stride. When...

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CLASSICAL RIDING SERIES – PART 11
Dec17

CLASSICAL RIDING SERIES – PART 11

COLLECTION by Anne Wilson The exercises we have covered so far in this series, are all designed, amongst other things, to build up the horse’s strength, suppleness and ability to take weight back onto the haunches. The strengthening of the back and hind leg joints, as well as muscles and tendons, are all important to this aim. This is the key to collection. Some of the lateral exercises previously described cannot actually be executed...

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CLASSICAL RIDING SERIES – PART 9
Oct19

CLASSICAL RIDING SERIES – PART 9

RENVERS or Haunches-Out By Anne Wilson The Renvers (pronounced ‘ron-vare’) is the last in the classical lateral exercises. It is often described as a mirror image of shoulder-in and is sometimes referred to as haunches-out or tail to the wall. It is really the twin exercise to Travers, although a little different. The main difference lies in the position in which the exercises are executed, in particular their relationship to the wall...

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Classical Riding – The Half Pass
Sep12

Classical Riding – The Half Pass

The Half-Pass is the next logical step on the ladder of lateral movements, usually being taught after Shoulder-in and Travers. Travers, which was discussed in last month’s article in this series, is a very good precursor to Half-Pass. However, it is a different exercise and requires, as well as creates, more collection and effort on the part of the horse. It therefore follows that the horse must be appropriately fit and prepared...

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Classical Riding part four – Shoulder-in – The aids
Jul11

Classical Riding part four – Shoulder-in – The aids

As described previously in this series, shoulder-in is a very important exercise which, since its inception in 1700’s has revolutionised the way in which we train our horses to become more supple, strong in the hindquarters and especially to become more flexible in all the joints in the hind limbs. It teaches the horse to take weight back onto the haunches, frees up the shoulders and is the gateway to true collection. Collection can...

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Helper required – Anne Wilson, Classical Riding Trainer and Author
Jul09

Helper required – Anne Wilson, Classical Riding Trainer and Author

EVER WANTED CLASSICAL LESSONS ON A BEAUTIFUL, WELL TRAINED IBERIAN HORSE – but can’t afford it? – HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! I am looking for a keen person to help me care for and school a young (but not too young) Iberian horse. I am based in north Bedfordshire and already have two horses. I am hoping to acquire a third horse, being the proposed Iberian or Iberian cross, which will ideally be between the age of about five to nine years old....

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