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7 tips – How to get started with Creative Riding

Make your training more meaningful! By using poles and cones you can easily create a sense of purpose in the arena and training become more meaningful for both you and your horse. You become more focused on the task and your horse will find it easier to understand why he should follow your commands. As …

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Kick-start the new year with some canter!

Kick-start the new year with some canter! Benefits of canter work: Canter work builds strength and stamina, it challenges the core muscles, improves cardio, activates the hindquarters and releases tension. Not only does the canter improve itself, but also creates more power in other gaits and exercises. It’s also a lot of fun! Please leave …

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Happy new year!

Happy new year! We want to thank you for all your support and engagement during 2021! It has been a few ups and downs but we are so very happy to continue to provide you with our best tools and tips for motivation and inspiration. We will make 2022 even better and we hope you …

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Exercise: Infinity track

Exercise: The infinity track. This exercise develops control of the straightness without the support from the wall. You’ll also work on your rhythm. Continue indefinitely and keep the circles round and neat. Place 7 poles or small fences as shown in the picture. Start in any direction and ride across the poles in preferred gait. …

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Exercise: Crossroad

Exercise: Crossroad Why do you need to straighten your horse? When your horse is straight he uses his hind legs equally, which makes him more balanced. It’s one of the basics when it comes to making the lateral movements with good quality. Besides, it’s important when you approach a fence. More creative ideas for this …

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Creative Riding books series

Creative riding book series Our books are perfect for bringing with you to the arena! The chunky spiral bind and thick glossy pages are resistant to wear and tear. Each exercise is illustrated with a clear diagram and written instructions which makes it easy and simple to understand what to do. In every exercise you’ll …

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Exercise: The arrow

The arrow. In exercises where your horse is moving on a curved track, like in this exercise, you need to keep him between your aids to bend around your inside leg. This exercise improves both responsiveness, flexibility and suppleness in your horse. For more exercises like this explore our first two books in the series: …

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Exercise: Loosen up in the pyramid!

Loosen up in the pyramid! The perfect exercise for you who need to loosen up your horse (and yourself) and are tired of the same old basic circle exercises. There are many ways to vary this one. If you look at the circles you can find different formations of the poles inside the circles, which …

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Exercise: Crisscross 2.0

Crisscross 2.0 – the best multi exercise ever! Explore your own creativity by doing this fun exercise. The variations are almost endless! Today we worked on straightness by galloping straight across the centre of where the poles meet, and on suppleness by making 8- shapes over the outermost squares of the exercise. Crisscross 2.0 – …

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Creative Riding – Equestrian health

Fitness training for equestrians – Is it really important? Training for equestrians, is it really important or is the physical activity we perform in the stable and riding itself enough? When it comes to training your horse, we talk about achieving collection, engagement and suppleness. These skills require both strength, balance, coordination and endurance. You …

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Get out of the circle – and be creative!

Get out of your comfort zone, think outside the box, “get out of the circle”… a dear child has many names… The concept “Creative Riding” is all about that, to give you new ideas and help you change old patterns and routines, give you new perspectives and inspiration for your daily training. Have fun to …

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7 important principles to avoids injury in your horse

Variety in the training avoids injury in your horse

Studies have shown that how you are training your horse affect the risk of injury. Lameness and back pain in the horse are the most common problems that you can easily avoid. Variety in training increases the total training effect and decreases the injury risk, both long and short term. Based on experience, using a …

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Barbro’s horsey journey

When I started to ride in the 70s everything was very different from today. My parents had no interest in horses and I was left to my own devices. I would spend all day in the stables with a pot of mashed potatoes and my mother’s home-made meatballs to keep me going. I was only …

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Golegã, the capital of horses.

Golegã International Horse Show in Portugal – This is a must see!! A spectacular Lusitano Festival – quite literally a unique experience that no one can forget. It is at Golegã, known as the ‘Capital of Horses’ located in the top of the Ribatejo region and home to many of the famous Lusitano Breeder estates. This party …

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Pole work

Hello Everyone! Today is another beautiful day of the autumn in Portugal and my students were very happy to continue the work with the poles. One of my students told me that her horse doesn’t like pole work. For some horses and riders it’s a big step to take a step over a pole and …

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There are three words that summarize the Creative Riding Concept

Joy + friendship = success

If you are enjoying the time together with your horse and you have a good companionship you will have success!

JOY

FRIENDSHIP

SUCCESS

All 3 books bundle

If you have an issue which book to choose – Get them all!

  • The orange book gives you an introduction of working with obstacles.
  • The blue gives you even more exercises with obstacles but even dressage exercises and other ideas of what you can do with your horse in the arena.
  • The green book gives you tips and inspiration when you get out of the arena.
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