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August Monthly Exercise #3 – The Bend & Flex

This weeks exercise was extremely challenging to say the least. There was quite a mixed review regarding doing a flat work exercise or a jumping exercise, so I decided why not do one that benefits both! As Dante progressed through the exercise I could see a huge improvement so hopefully you all will see the… Continue reading August Monthly Exercise #3 – The Bend & Flex

Darielle & Dante, Ground Exercises

How Do I Long Rein/Drive My Horse?

As requested by you all,  read below all about how I long rein Dante, or as the majority of the world likes to call it “Driving your horse”. You may have guessed that I am new to this, so what I have written below is a guide from what I have learned over the last… Continue reading How Do I Long Rein/Drive My Horse?

Exercise of the Month, Jumping

August Monthly Exercise #2 – Work That Hind End

Once you are happy with your approach to the flat poles, to challenge your horse more, start raising each pole up into raised poles, I started gradually with every second pole working toward the full row of poles all raised, (I kept them in sequence of right raised left raised the full way through the grid. 

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August Monthly Exercise #1 – Working on Tight Turns

We've been doing quite a good bit of jumping recently, with both of us moving up in the heights, so it was great to do an exercise that made us focus on the more technical side of jumping for a change. This was a great exercise to get us working on tightening up those turns after a fence. 

Darielle & Dante

Dante’s Diaries – Our First One Day Event

There were a lot of ups & downs during our preparations for our One Day Event, the week prior consisted of a lot if headless humans running around the yard, setting out Dressage arenas, setting up jumps, to lessons with Jer to prepare!

Our Bucking Adventures

Naked Lunge Lessons

No matter what level your riding is at, doing lunge lessons are extremely helpful for your riding. It strengthens your foundations, improves your balance, corrects your position, improve your confidence and so much more.

All, Our Bucking Adventures

Riding Bitless with Heather & Freya

Bitless Riding has become something of a trend recently so we decided we wanted to learn a bit more about it. We're not sure Dante & Coco are the best horses to test it out on so we got our good friend Heather from "Freya The Connemara" to talk us through her experience and answer a few questions we had on the subject!

All, Our Bucking Adventures

NBW Meets Christa Dillon of Blackhill Eventing

We both really enjoyed our first lesson with Christa Dillion from Blackhill Eventing, so much so that we got her out for a second! Lessons where you get pushed and challenged to the best of your ability are definitely the kind of lessons that we need at the minute. We both feel we need something or someone to push us forward. 

Exercise of the Month

May Monthly Exercise – The Zig – Zag

This exercise is good for a horse who anticipates there work. The different & tight turns will keep your horse thinking & stop them from guessing where they are going next, therefore they have to stop and listen to you & your aids.