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centered riding basics – Equine Wellness Magazine

“Your arms and hands, from the shoulder joints to the tips of the fingers and through the reins, belong to the horse.” Sally Swift As riders, our goal is to ride in lightness and harmony with our horses, sharing in balance and movement. We strive to develop and maintain a connection through our reins that …

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clicker training

If your horse needs help with hoof handling manners, clicker training can create positive associations and responses in a safe and calm manner. It’s been almost 25 years since I first went out to the barn with my pockets full of treats and a clicker in my hand. At the time, my horse was laid up …

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rearing horse

Rearing is a very dangerous unwanted behavior in horses. Let’s take a look at why your horse might display this behavior, and how you can safely overcome it. Like many professionals in the horse industry, I sincerely wish there was an effective “quick fix” for a rearing horse! When people ask me what to do when …

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centered riding

Reconnect and build trust with Centered Riding basics. Sally Swift, the founder of Centered Riding, would often remind her students that the basics of Centered Riding were not only applicable to riding. They were also applicable to life. They’re a means to clearer communication and a pathway to becoming better balanced — physically, mentally and …

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rider with good hands

Good hands are the hallmark of a great rider. Take a look at how you can build this trait. Having “good hands” is a sign of riding excellence. However, it doesn’t come from just working on your hands — it comes from working on all the other things that allow you to have good hands. …

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boy with autism and horse

Equine-assisted therapy and therapeutic riding can offer great benefits for those living with autism spectrum disorder. Nine-year-old Gabe had never uttered a word in his life, and was diagnosed as a non-verbal child on the autism spectrum. His GallopNYC instructor, Marie, was aware that he didn’t speak, but she didn’t allow his diagnosis to limit …

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leadership for horses

Understanding how horses interact with one another, and how you interact with them, can help you determine and develop your leadership style in the workplace. A long time ago, when I first started taking in horses to board, I noticed something strange. Every woman who brought in a mare for boarding claimed the horse was …

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Pilates for riders

Feeling stiff, weak or limited in your riding? Your fitness is just as important as your horse’s! Pilates, is a total body approach to movement, that can be helpful for equestrians of all disciplines. More than ever, the equestrian community recognizes that horseback riding involves two athletes – the horse and the rider. Books, articles and …

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