Horse Biomechanics

  • Alignment & Posture (Horse)

    One of the things I talk about at my clinics is how important awareness of our body’s posture is for ...

  • Asymmetry in the Horse

    We all know that horses and humans are naturally asymmetrical - and our lifestyles and injuries exacerbate ...

  • Balance & the Aids

    Does your horse fall in on a left circle and fall out on a circle to the right, or vice versa? Does ...

  • Bending

    The ability of a horse to bend depends on his suppleness and flexibility. Although we often think about ...

  • Contact & Rein Pressure

    Contact is the third building block in the classic German Scales of Training pyramid following after ...

  • Correcting Crookedness

    Over the past few months I have been discussing our asymmetries (both our own and our horses) and how ...

  • Groundwork 1

    As I have mentioned so frequently, neither humans nor horses are symmetrical. We are born left or right ...

  • Groundwork 2

    In the previous article Groundwork 1  we looked at how to achieve forward down and stelling and bending ...

  • Groundwork 2 – the beginning of refinement

    Last month I wrote an article about Starting Groundwork to improve your communication with your horse ...

  • On the Bit

    So many riders and trainers talk about having the horse “On the Bit” but what do they really mean ...

  • Relationship

    It has been a couple of months since I last wrote my last article, as apart from being on holiday and ...

  • Starting Groundwork

    I have written a lot recently about how we can use groundwork to help correct our horse’s asymmetry. ...

  • The Importance of Footfall

    Being able to feel the footfall of your horse and knowing at any given time where each of your horses ...

  • The Importance of Straightness

    All horses and all humans are asymmetrical to a greater or lesser extent. The muscles on one side of ...

  • The Importance of the Core

    Whether we are talking about humans or horses a strong and supple core is required to support the spine ...

  • The Importance of the Feet

    So far in this series we have looked at "the importance of straightness" and "the importance of the ...

  • The Stifle

    The stifle is the largest, most complex joint in the horse, and probably one of the weakest. The bones ...

  • Troubleshooting – or listening to your horse

    One of the biggest concerns many students seem to have after attending a lesson or a clinic, is how ...

  • Turn on the Forehand in Motion

    The turn on the forehand in motion is one of the first lateral movements that you can teach your horse. ...

  • Turn on the Haunches

    When done properly the “Turn on the Haunches” or “Pirouette” is one of the most effective gymnastic ...