Last weekend I went away for an intensive bit of CPD with my old Alexander teacher John Nicholls. John was one of the principals at the college where I did my three-year teacher training about 25 years ago. He hasn't changed all that much to look at, which in itself is...

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...

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