Horse Training

How correct is your contact?

Long and low is a softer and looser contact usually used for warming up and introducing youngsters to contact

Your contact is an essential line of communication to your horse, and for that reason, absolutely essential to get right. A common error from the rider’s side is dropping of the contact and therefore dropping of the communication. One minute you’re providing your horse with information and guiding him, and the next minute you’re not. This inconsistency is most likely ...

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Rider and seat position

An unbalanced rider will hinder a horse’s movement

HQ is thrilled to be exclusively partnered with the Dutch-based Equine Support International (ESI). ESI educates equestrians all over the world to increase levels of equestrian knowledge. This helps horse owners, stables, educational institutions and federations to take a step forward with horse wellbeing and the sport in general. ESI provides unique custom-made solutions such as national talent programmes, training ...

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Jumping gymnastic

Focus on keeping your horse straight through the exercise and keeping your upper body steady

This month we look at an exercise that appeals to all types of horses and all levels of riders. It helps improve both horse and rider and, like most good exercises, allows the coach to concentrate equally on horse and rider during the training session. Focal areas include: Straightness Rhythm Technique Confidence Rider position Set it up Before you try ...

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The shoulder-in

The shoulder-in is excellent for developing straightness and balance

At the risk of sounding like every instructor who has ever taught you, I am going to start with a critical piece of information: If you are ever struggling to master a new movement or technique, you need to go back to basics. In dressage horses, this boils down to establishing balance and straightness. Regardless of if your horse is ...

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Fitness and wellbeing for riders

Your workouts out of the saddle should include cardio and core training

While we tirelessly put hours into training and maintaining our horses, we seldom remember to look after ourselves. Our horses are athletes – there’s no doubt about it – and riders work hard to make sure that they are trained correctly, fed a careful diet, and receive all their necessary treatments to keep them in top shape. However, an athletic ...

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Tossy Raynor showjumping clinic in Botswana

Adele Jooste on Eros Van Hetgestel

A Pole Work and Show-Jumping Clinic was held at Herbie’s Haven Stables, Ruretse, over the weekend of 23rd, 24th, 25thJanuary, 2016 and was kindly hosted by Mrs Bridget O’Neill. The visiting instructor was Tossy Raynor who was accommodated at Bridget’s home. Bridget also collected her and returned her to the airport. There was no sponsorship from the Horse Society of ...

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Stay safe when you ride!


Whenever you ride, it’s important to do everything you can to stay safe and avoid accidents. You might be making simple mistakes that could jeopardise your safety in the saddle. But don’t fret: we’re kicking off the year with 5 safety reminders. 1. Drink enough water This is advice that usually goes in one ear and out the other. If ...

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In-hand work to improve your schooling

Work in-hand is valuable for horses of all ages and levels of schooling

During the course of 2015, HQ spoke to German-accredited instructor, Helmut Wagner, about using correct schooling and gymnastics to unlock the natural movement of the dressage horse. This month we get back to the basics, with an overview of in-hand work and how it can help you overcome problems in the saddle. The right tools For correct in-hand work, you ...

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Does your horse have ADHD?

Your horse's attention span definitely impacts your schooling.

Schooling isn’t easy. It takes commitment, patience and a clear idea of what you hope to achieve. Additional challenges come in the form of the fundamental communication issues we face when working with an animal who has never learned to speak ‘human’. And then there’ll be times when one or both of you are simply having a bad day. Attention ...

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Straightness Training

Zaneta and Topaz working on the walk pirouette

Straightness Training is a programme based on the wisdom and techniques of the old dressage masters: Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere, Antoine de Pluvinel, Francois Baucher and Gustav Steinbrecht to name a few. It takes this knowledge a step further by incorporating more modern concepts like learning theory, behavioural science and biomechanics. It is a method onto which can be ...

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