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Developing Elite Dressage Horses with Chris von Martels

Chris von Martels specializes in finding and developing top dressage prospects. Here, he outlines what he looks for and how he tailors his training.

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Gymnastic Exercises to Build a Better Show Jumper

If done correctly, gymnastics target specific muscle groups to increase a show jumper’s athletic ability: strength, flexibility, agility and coordination.

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Controlling Your Horse’s Speed Without Using the Reins

Managing speed can often feel like a struggle astride horses with a ‘need for speed.’ Learn how to use your seat to regulate your horse’s rhythm.

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Point of View: Understanding How Horses See the World

There can be more than meets the eye when it comes to behavioural issues. Get better results when you adapt your training to how horses see the world.

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Fixes for Common Rider Position Flaws Over Fences

There’s a lot to think about when you’re preparing to take a jump with your horse. Here are five tips to help fix five common rider position mistakes.

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Three Body Control Exercises for Show Jumping Riders

A rider’s position over fences is paramount to allow the horse to perform to its best ability. Try these exercises to develop better body control.

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Chronobiology: Aligning Horse Training & Management with Nature

Research into natural internal rhythms in horses is unlocking information that can help in the timing of feeding, training, and other management decisions.

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Learn How to See Things Like a Professional Rider

Train your eyes to perform like a professional equestrian’s for improved concentration, precision, and consistency in the show ring.

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Fundamental Skills for Successful Dressage Riders

Christilot Boylen gets ‘back to basics’ and identifies the elementary skills that, she says, many of today’s dressage riders are lacking.

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How to Ride Correctly and Effectively from Your Seat

Lesley Grant-Law on the correct and effective use of the seat with Christilot Boylen (dressage), George Morris (hunter/jumper) and Leslie Law (eventing).

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