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Tack Room Tale 30 - The Enjoyment of Teaching Horse Riding

There is a difference between teaching riding and coaching. Teaching is what we usually do with inexperienced riders. The instructor needs to take responsibility for the safety and progress of the rider. With beginners it is important that the instructor maintains control of the lessons at all times...


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Tack Room Tale 27 - Safety when turning out a horse

Safety when turning out a horse in a paddock There was no malice when this Percheron kicked up his heels and seriously injured the handler. I have a friend who says that of all animals she likes dogs and horses the most. Why, because they have such beautiful eyes. Now I know that most people ...


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Tack Room Tale 26 - The Night The Roof Blew Off

Tack Room Tales – memoires of a riding instructor   The night the roof blew off and we found out about Misty’s peculiar habit   Many years ago I started a riding centre in Sydney. Apart from the house there were no buildings. So, my partners and I set out developing the pla...


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Tack Room Tales 24 - Musical rides can be a great learning tool

Tack room Tales – Memoires of a Riding Instructor Musical rides can be fun and a great learning tool You might think that the only one who benefits in a group lesson is the lead rider. And sometimes this is true. But there are many ways to engage the other riders in the lesson. It starts...


Tack Room Tales 23 - Meet Jake,....

Tack Room Tales - Memoires of a riding instructor. Meet Jake, he is the friendliest teacher you’ll ever meet Jake in fact is a horse. Our best school horse ever! Jake used to look after beginners by wriggling his body so that the riders would stay in the middle. But watch out,.. if you c...


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Tack Room Tales 22 - His name is Graham

Tack Room Tales – Memoires of a Riding Instructor His name is Graham Graham came to us as an adult RDA rider with a severe Cerebral Palsy condition. We had to sit him on a barrel so he could slowly stretch his abductors before we could mount him on a horse. In the beginning his balance w...


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Tack Room Tales 21 - The squeeking Gate

Tack Room Tales – Memoires of a Riding Instructor The Squeaking Gate You know, people often enter the horse industry with the wrong impression that they are going to work with horses. Of course this is partly true, but horses don’t pay any bills, they usually cost money. People pay...


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Tack Room Tales 20 - To make music...

Tach Room Tales – Memoirs of a Riding Instructor To make Music You need to know the instrument(s) There are two instruments here, the horse and the rider. But more about the rider later. When you look at the horse superficially it seems such an easy instrument to play. The front end b...


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Tack Room Tale 19 - Our best gala Night

Tack room Tales- Memoirs of Riding Instructor Our best Gala Night It was a nice spring evening and the Gala night was about promoting the Warmblood breed. Nowadays they do not need much promotion anymore. I was riding my black Oldenburger stallion in the first act with three other stallions...


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Tack Room Tales 18 - Cow Dressage

Tack room Tales – Memoirs of a Riding Instructor Cow Dressage Some people don’t like the word Dressage because they think it means top level competition with top hat and tails. That’s not why they wanted to learn to ride. They want to have fun, while learning. Learn how to co...


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Tack Room Tales 17 - Group Lessons

Tack Room Tales - Memoires of a Riding Instructor Group Lessons When new students make inquiries for lessons, we always asked about their previous experience. A few would say that they have been riding for six months ON THE LUNGE. Others would say that they have not cantered yet and they have ...


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Tack Room Tales 16 - Safe Habits make Safe Horses

Memoirs of a Riding Instructor Safe Habits make Safe Horses I was at a riding school the other day and noticed one of the staff members leading a horse at the end of the lead rope. She was deep in thought and not paying any attention to the horse or any situation that could have spooked the h...


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Tack Room Tales 16 - My best lesson was when I did ...nothing

It is the end of a long day. It’s been busy and it was hot! You have been up since dawn and now you need to give three more lessons in the evening. The last thing you want to do is to give three more lessons. A nice cold drink while watching the sunset would be more enjoyable than standing...


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Tack Room Tales 15 - Does a School Horse take his job seriously?

Does a school horse take his job seriously? I often wondered if school horses switch off and do their job automatically or that they feel involved in the teaching process. We had one experience that gave us the answer. Let me tell you the story about Ben. One night I was teaching a class of ad...


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Tack Room Tales 14- To make music you need to know the instrument

There are two instruments here, the horse and the rider. But more about the rider later. When you look at the horse superficially it seems such an easy instrument to play. The front end bites, the back end kicks and the middle is jolly uncomfortable. They were the words of Winston Churchill. You ...


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Tack Room Tale 13 - Difficult students

Difficult students In the course of time you meet all sorts of people. Some are nice, others not so nice and some are downright difficult. Difficult students can make your life miserable, if you don’t deal with them straight away. It is important that your students listen to you, as often t...


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Tack Room Tales 12 - Close the gate after the horse has bolted or...?

Tack room Tales – Memoirs of a Riding Instructor Close the gate after the horse has bolted or... This is a story when I failed six candidate riding instructors on their lungeing all at once a number of years ago. No, no, really I am normally not that nasty! As you may know I am also a...


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Tack Room Tales 11 - Holiday Camps

Tack room Tales - Memoires of a Riding Instructor Holiday Camps Every holiday we ran holiday camps in our centre. Great excitement for everybody to sleep at the centre, get up early, help feed the horses and muck out. One night during a holiday camp I was woken up by noises in the stable at ...


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Tack Room Tales 10 - The Deaf and Blind rider in our RDA Program

The Deaf and Blind rider in our RDA (Riding for DisAbled) program This deaf and blind rider was actually quite large and also mentally affected. You can imagine he was under stimulated, because he could not read, listen or even watch television and had a comprehension problem. I was assigned as a...


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Tack Room Tales 09 - A Gift Horse...

Tack room Tales – Memoirs of a Riding Instructor The Gift Horse You know the saying “You never look a gift horse in the mouth”. You might find out how old it is. When you start a riding centre you always look for horses that are already trained and are known to be quiet. T...


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Tack Room Tales 08 - Group lessons

Tack Room Tales - Memoires of a Riding Instructor Group Lessons There is nobody more in favour of group lessons than me. There are several reasons for this. Firstly economically from an operational viewpoint, you need to make a large investment in facilities to run an equestrian centre. To...


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Tack Room Tales 07 - The night the roof blew off and we found out about Mistys peculiar habit

Many years ago I started a riding centre in Sydney. Apart from the house there were no buildings. So, my partners and I set out developing the place. Our property consisted of a 5 acre gently sloping hillside. First we cut an arena out of the hill and made a number of yards. The pride of our new...


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Tack Room Tales 04 - Gala Nights

Memoirs of a Riding Instructor Once a year we organised a performance night, where our students were “The Stars of the Night”. We called them our Gala Nights. You can let your imagination run riot with the acts you perform. And we did! We usually started with a musical ride with...


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Tack Room Tales 05 - How the doctor spent a fortune

Memoires of a Riding Instructor Sooner or later students get ready to have a horse of their own. For the ones that could not afford that we offered a timeshare in our school horses. But more about that in another Tack room Tale. Our doctor friend rode with us with his whole family, so it is no...


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Dressage 01 - Forward for the Legs Part 1

A horse has to be 'forward for the legs' of the rider. This means that the horse must react actively and quickly to the leg aid of the rider, by going forward. This is a necessity in dressage, because all achievements originate from a combined energy and all this energy is only created by making the...


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Coach - Making the Experience Whole

Making the Experience Whole... my Phylosophy as a Coach. I am sure you all have had experiences that everything just fell into place, be it the perfect canter strike-off, the perfect corner, a half-pass in which the horse was dancing. Sometimes this feeling was a moment, at other times it last...


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Tack Room Tales 25 - The gentleman who would never learn to ride

Tack room Tales – Memoires of a Riding Instructor The gentleman who would never learn to ride, .. or so I thought. When I started teaching, I had very little idea where my students were going to take it. Will they become competitive riders, purchase their own horse or will they ride for plea...


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Tack Room Tales 06 - The Authority of the Instructor

Memoires of a Riding Instructor When we are teaching it is clear that we, as instructors, must be on top of the pecking order. Students with little experience often do not tell the horse what to do properly. That is left to the instructor. One of the best ways to keep your authority is to have...


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Dressage 02 - Forward for the Legs Part 2

Some horses appear to go freely forward as if they are almost dancing, without effort of the rider. Often one sees quite large horses performing brilliantly for quite small lady riders. It can't be brute strength! There must be another way. The answer is the rider must find harmony with the horse; f...


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