How much grip should a rider have with their legs? Should they grip at all? The short answer is—it depends. Stirrup length, seat, and activity all factor into if, when, and how much a rider grips with their legs.  At ...

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My intention with this month’s post was to move on with a discussion about seat mainly defining the terms and definitions we use. As usual, I looked through a few online articles to get the pulse of the sort of ...

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Performance & SafetyFor the RiderAll sports and many arts teach "position" or form because good form results in better performance. How you hold the golf club and position your feet affects how you hit the golf ball. The way you hold ...

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An Excerpt From Riding and Schooling by Harry Chamberlin “The correct principles of equitation and horse training are in themselves simple and well defined, and easily within the comprehension of any intelligent mind. Unfortunately, these principles are so difficult to ...

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No riding instructor wants their student to fall from the horse, but it's naive to think you can teach riding and not see this happen. Even the most gentle horse is capable of shying or stumbling or cutting a corner. ...

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Thank you, Kathy Boettcher of Meadowsweet Ranch in Spring Grove, Illinois for sharing this great Holiday Obstacle Course idea with The Riding Instructor's readers. From Kathy "Something that I do the last two weeks of December is put up an ...

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A reader asked about website design basics for riding instructors, insurance, and release forms. I thought I’d share my answer with a blog post and ask other instructors for their input. Websites In today’s word of internet communication, every riding ...

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