Every time you ride, whether it is hacking, in the arena, jumping and on the gallops you should always be aware of improving the horses ‘way of going’ and flat work. In this section we will look at horses and riders working to improve the athletic way of moving, developing strength and balance and being happy in their work as they train to a higher level. We will look at exercises to improve balance; exercises to improve accuracy; exercises to improve obedience and willingness to work; lateral exercises such as shoulder in, travers, half-pass, renvers, pirouettes; rein back; counter canter; the different stages of the single flying change; the use of different tack and the effects on the horse; and many more different aspects.

This is a key exercise to developing consistency in the steering aids, straightness, balance and accuracy to the centimetre. It’s […]

Having a range of quality canters is an important tool for the event horse. He needs to be able to […]

This clip looks at the first stages of counter canter with a big young horse who is learning to just […]

This clip looks at a horse and rider combination warming up for jumping using some lateral work. It includes shoulder […]

A correct rein back will show supppleness, submission, throughness and that the horse has had the correct basic training. This […]

The square exercise with parallel poles is a favourite exercise of mine as it really offers so many different exercises […]