What about the pony?

What about the pony?

I was watching a child being taught and if you were just listening and not watching you could be forgiven for thinking that the child…
Empathy

Empathy

At East Devon Riding Academy, one of the skills we like to develop in riders is empathy. The ability to understand and share the feelings…
My Bitless Journey

My Bitless Journey

I have never really been one for gadgets with horses, I stopped using any form of noseband other than a loosely fitted cavesson about 18…
Mounting

Mounting

Despite their size and power, horses can be fragile animals that are prone to injury. A contributory factor to this is that they are not…
Mental stress in horses

Mental stress in horses

The scrutiny of equine sport and methods used for training and riding is increasing, which is bringing us valuable research into the mental welfare of…
Improving Rider Confidence

Improving Rider Confidence

Lack of confidence is very common amongst horse riders. The obvious cause is following a fall or near miss but there doesn’t have to be…
Equine Calmers

Equine Calmers

People can be quite demanding within horse-human relationships, often asking things of horses or placing them in situations that are very alien and stressful to…
Dispelling The Myths

Dispelling The Myths

As more research is carried out and we gain more knowledge about how horse’s learn, many theories that once seemed plausible become disproved. Particularly in…
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