horse study session

It's the middle of the summer, and there's no greater time to take a small break from all of our riding and horsin' around. Going to the beach? Taking a well-deserved vacay complete with hotel, swimming and night life?

Sounds like the perfect time to take some "me" hours to catch up on what you might not normally have a lot of time for! A horsey summer study session! 

Previously, I posted a reading round up of suggested equestrian books.

This time, I decided to let you in on some of my favorite articles and video links straight off the Internet. There are SO many excellent sources of information, demonstrations and actual lessons that we could be watching and benefiting from. 

HL Five Years
HL Bundle
HL Goal Setting
HL Book 3
HL Book 2
HL Book 1

I've selected what I feel are the most relevant topics that may have been discussed here on the blog, as well as some absolute must-sees like the Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin Master Class. Even if you are not a dressage rider, you will likely find good basic information here that will be useful for you and your horse in your discipline.

If you have a favorite article or video you'd like to share, please feel free to post it in the comments below.



How To Ride The Walk: Pedaling: Introduces a "pedaling" technique that works with the horse's rib cage swing in the walk.

Quotes From A Master: Nuno Oliviera: Some wonderful nuggets of inspiration from a legendary equestrian.

Inside Leg To Outside Rein: This article explains why it's so important, and what it means.

The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, And Nothing But The Tooth: Veterinarian Dr. David Ramey weighs in on tooth floating.

Understand How To Ride The Horse "Forward Into The Bridle In Balance": This is a very difficult concept but it's critical to all disciplines.

7 Under-Saddle Problems And How To Fix Them: Fast horses, slow horses, stiffness, neck-in, behind the bit, fussy mouth, and developing better contact. We've talked about many of these here before, but it's great to "hear'" it from another perspective.

Correct Body Alignment To Ride Bending Lines: Some great rider position tips.


Robert Dover: Passive versus Active Seat


George Williams: 4 Exercises For Getting Your Horse On The Bit


Dressage Mastery TV: What To Do With Your Hands And Reins


Debbie McDonald: Working Through Roundness And Tension


Dressage Masterclass With Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin


Ingrid Klimke On Cavaletti Work At Canter


Charles deKunffy Explains Half-Halts

Finally! The Ultimate Rider-Centered Program!

Ready for something completely different? If you liked what you read here, you might be interested in the new Horse Listening Practice Sessions. 

This is NOT a program where you watch other people's riding lessons. Start working with your horse from Day 1.

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4 Steps To Help Your Horse Through A TurnI’m sure you’ve seen it before – there are many situations where a horse turns too abruptly, unbalancing himself and also the rider. Most often, the rider hangs on but other times, she might be unseated, losing balance, stirrups and/or seat.

Ode to the Stretchy Trot: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

What Do Leg Aids Mean? Instead of relying on them only to get the horse to move his legs faster or transition to a new gait, we might discover more involved messages that can be given with a sophisticated leg aid.