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.

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! 



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.

The Ten Commandments According To George: Short and sweet, this Horse Junkies article lets you know what's on George Morris' top ten riding list. Good for all disciplines.

How Stretching The Horse Lines Up The Vertebrae: The author tells about Ingrid Klimke's stretching warm-up routine. 

Riding With A 'Library-Quiet' Position: The rider's hands, legs, seat and a bunch of exercises to try.

The Balanced Horse: An excerpt from Sylvia Loch's 2015 book. Excellent advice for the rider's position.

How To Relieve Tightness In Your Hips From Riding: Two excellent videos with off-the-horse exercises specifically for the rider. (Just a great site all around!)

 

Plus, if you're still looking for more reading, here are some of the top 5 Horse Listening posts from the past three months.

When Good Riding Instruction Becomes GreatGreat instructors repeatedly show characteristics that make positive effects on their students. They are the ones that make a difference in their riders in one single ride.

9 Things You Need To Know If You Want To Ride HorsesYou've booked riding lessons at a local barn and you are convinced that you are ready to tackle the learning curve that lays ahead. Before you begin, here are nine tips to smooth the way into your new adventures!

Dear Adult-With-Many-Responsibilities Horse PersonHere are 8 ways you can feel good about your horse ownership and riding decisions even though it may not be the ultimate arrangement.

7 Essential Aids For An Epic Canter TransitionIn the following seven steps, I've tried to break down each component of the transition in order to explain the nuances that go into a split-second movement! Although it might seem a little complicated, I hope that it can describe each moment that goes into a better developed canter departure.

"Inside Leg To Outside Rein" - The Cheat Sheet: Here is a detailed breakdown of how to do it, and what the aids are.

 

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