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Having the horse on the bit . Part 2
I usually advise riders to start by riding at a walk on a circle with a diameter of about 10 to 15 metres. As I am sure you have noticed, horses are not symmetrical: they usually bend better on the side their manes fall. It is therefore preferable to start on this rein (...)


How to correctly jump spooky fences on course
On any course, there are fences that are more worrying than others: water jumps, fillers, liverpools… It is important to have previously found a solution, to eliminate all negative thoughts (...)


The rider’s correct muscle tone
In order to understand the importance of a correctly positioned back, we need to learn about our muscle system and about the difference between the postural muscles and phasic or movement muscles (...)


Having the horse on the bit . Part 1
Everyone, basically, wishes for a more or less well-behaved horse.But then, knowing how to achieve this calls for a little patience and attention. And yet, how rewarding it is to ride an obedient horse: well-designed curves, light transitions…and all the paces of your choice (...)


The horse's physical preparation . Part 2
With a horse in good shape, there is no need to resort to chemical products, vitamins, infiltrations or other “concealing agents”. Personally, I eliminated all that more than 10 years ago (...)


The horse's physical preparation . Part 1
Horses are just like us, it is possible to mould and improve them to reveal their real potential. One must simply do things naturally (...)


Eliminating excuses
For many years I have taught riders of all levels and there is one issue that often stops progress: excuses. In riding, they generally appear when a rider is faced with a difficult exercise.


The rider's mental preparation
Everything that happens to us is directly linked to the way we think. Awareness of this aspect is indispensable to making progress. The rider’s mental preparation is therefore a priority (...)


Lunging the horse
I have spent hours watching horses going round on the lunge. This has allowed me to learn a great deal not only about the way they move, but also about their reactions. Horses in fact do exactly the same, whether on the lunge or free (...)


The quality canter
Being capable of riding one’s horse towards a jump, starting with a pole on the ground, calm and straight, and maintaining a quality canter, is at the basis of all training.