linksThere is so much good information on the Internet if you know where to look. I regularly read and watch videos about horses and horse riding, just as you probably do. Some of them are instructional while others are inspiring.

Here are top quality links that I've visited lately. Some are new and some were posted years ago, but they are all worthwhile. 

Light In Your Hand - Not Non-Existent! This blog is written by an excellent riding instructor, and an online friend. Lots of great info on this site.

Daniel Stewart Tip Of The Month: The Goldilocks Zone: A discussion about how the mental affects the physical in a rider, and how to keep up your confidence when faced with difficult riding challenges.

Watch: Robert Dover Riding! Here is an excellent clinic video of Robert Dover working a horse to become more "in front of the leg". Super demonstration.

Don't Give Up On Your Dressage Dreams: A super encouraging and inspiring article by Canada's Belinda Trussel, letting us in on her path to achieving her dreams, and to just jump over the hurdles! Especially relevant as she was one of the top competitors at the Pan Am games this year.

Develop Your Dressage Horse's Topline: Written by Sue Blinks, this is an older article that just keeps on giving. Very detailed information about the aids for developing your horse's topline, and discusses the various components including conformation, age and temperament. A must-read.

The Pain That Is Back Pain, Part I: Everything you've always wanted to know about the horse's back (well, almost), written in clear and easy to understand terms, written by veterinarian Dr. David Ramey.

The Pain That Is Back Pain, Part II: More information on diagnosis and treatment of back pain in horses.

Training Video of Ambolas and Legolas: This video is part of a series presented by dressage trainer, Will Faerber. Real horses ridden by real riders in real time, with real problems. It's like you're standing beside him while he teaches.

 

Plus, if you're still looking for more reading, here are some of the top Horse Listening posts from this summer.

10 Ways To Spot A Horse Person: A humorous reflection on how you can spot one from a mile away – if you know what to look for.

17 Things I Learned While Developing My Seat: Here are some of the lessons learned over the years as I focused on developing my seat.

How To "Allow" A Lengthening: It isn’t easy to work your horse into a true lengthening. That is because most horses tend to increase their leg speed when asked for “more” by the rider’s aids.

Focus On Transitions - Week 4: This series was a first-ever focus for Horse Listening. Each week, we presented an exercise you can take to the barn to try with your horse. If you missed them, start with this one first and work your way backward to link one (the links are in the posts). Enjoy!

How To Stretch Your Horse Over The Topline: Here are the aids to develop a functional (or effective) stretch over the topline.

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14 Ways To Have A Great Ride:  Here are some quick ideas to add to your normal repertoire of horsin’ around activities. 

13 Reasons Why You Should Be A Barn Brat: Not only is time spent at the barn well spent, but here are 13 reasons why barn bratting is good for us – and more importantly – makes us better not only as equestrians, but as all-around humans.

4 Mutual Grooming Strategies For Your Life: It’s mutual grooming madness back at the ranch!

 

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