September 1, 2019

As we all know, horses can be rather large. Forcing them to cooperate with us would be difficult but coercing them, fortunately, has brought dividends over many thousands of years. Whether you view a horse as a cognitive animal or an animal of flight, it's unique behav...

September 1, 2019

This image was recently posted on Dressage Academy's Facebook page and I'm afraid I find it hilarious. There's something very amusing about seeing someone having a fright - in this case that someone being a 800kg horse.

A fright involves what's known as the 'startle pat...

September 1, 2019

About fifteen years ago I took myself off to a riding stables to learn to ride. It wasn't my first experience of being on horseback - that was as a student, pony trekking with friends. My pony got impatient at the start of the ride, jumped a stream, causing me to lose...

July 10, 2019

Often, when people clean, they brace their legs, tense their arms, hold their breath and go at it like crazy, making rapid, restricted movements. People think it's best to just get it over and done with quickly. But all that polishing, dusting, vacuuming, tidying...don...

July 10, 2019

I've bought a car.

I had driven my old one for about 12 years. Children, cats, dogs and guinea pigs had been sick in it, gone to the toilet, dropped mud, hay, food and drink everywhere. My son had climbed on it, damaging the sunroof which therefore leaked. It was held t...

July 10, 2019

I couldn't believe my ears when my friend told me he was going to Paris for lunch. He lives in Barcelona you see. Then he told me it was the 3 Michelin-star restaurant, Arpege, and it all made sense.

My friend is a great fan of food; a real connoisseur. He doesn't eat t...

July 9, 2019

Recently I have had the opportunity to work extensively with a couple of men who are a challenge because they 'feel nothing'. Although they are able to release tension and reorganise the use of their muscles, they are unable to feel that happening in themselves. They c...

June 27, 2019

Why are we all so tense? Why don't we retain the poise and muscular efficiency we had in early childhood? How do we end up so collapsed and distorted that it can take a lifetime to solve completely? Lots of people have asked me about this.

I believe FM Alexand...

June 27, 2019

I've been thinking about stooping recently, and by stooping I mean bending the head and neck forwards from the shoulders. It's such a common habit. Interestingly, when I spent a few weeks in an African country, the local people were noticeable to me because they didn't...

May 26, 2019

Since first injuring my feet on a Duke of Edinburgh's Award hike in 1984 I have had to be aware of what triggers the foot pain because it can be crippling.

Initially I had to find really comfortable shoes, not pretty or fashionable ones. Ecco were the best choice in tho...