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11/30/2016

Fear is a very real and legitimate example of the broad range of emotions available to warm-blooded animals, including humans and horses.  From the perspective of both rider and horse, the encouraging reality is fear can be managed and treated fairly effectively, regardless of its origin. This article explores the very reasonable fear in both horse and rider following a fall.

02/14/2017

Does your helmet meet approved Australian standards? The helmet approved standards list has been updated in the Equestrian Australia (EA) General Regulations, in effect from 19 October, 2016. The new Australian ARB HS 2012 standard has now been added to the ongoing and current AS/NZS 3838 approved safety standards. Current American standard SNELL E2001 and British standard PAS 015 have also been added to the helmet approved standards list. 

01/27/2017

Limiting beliefs are something we all suffer from. A limiting belief develops over time when we think we can’t do something, that we aren’t good enough to achieve a goal or that we think everyone is better than we are. Limiting beliefs can be crippling when we let them take over or they can become empowering when we use them as fuel for self-development.  Let’s look closer at how limiting beliefs develop and the reason we hold onto them. Where do they come from? 

11/30/2016

We drive up a lane shaded by eucalyptus trees and park between two dams. As we step out of the car, our ears fill with birdsong and the echoing ‘bong’ sound of what the women of Wedgetail Rides refer to as ‘the bong-bong frogs’. At the edge of one of the dams is a painted bus, which turns out to be the tack room, and, above it, a sheltered arena, perched on a forested hill. Only a third of the 150-acre property is cleared for horses; the rest is bush and it envelops us at once. 

10/31/2016

Caring for people while away at your next show will be more enjoyable with our collection of nutritious, simple, delicious recipes and practical camping tips.  Wholesome food for the whole family and practical advice from seasoned travellers.  Water Wise When the camp site doesn’t have potable water, allow two litres per person and 30-50 litres per horse per day - more in hot weather.

10/31/2016

Horses and riders have immensely different brain-body systems that must communicate in order for the two to work together as a team. Communication occurs through voice, hands, legs and the multifaceted mechanical coupling of the rider’s pelvis with the horse’s back. Horse riding uses all of the body’s core muscle groups to support static postures, like those seen in dressage, western and pleasure riding, and dynamic postures, such as in jumping, vaulting, novelties and hunting; but specifically requires very strong and fit postural muscles.

10/31/2016

This series of articles by the Horse Rider’s Mechanic, Jane Myers, has been designed to help you find the fun in riding through improving your position, your balance and, ultimately, your riding confidence. Improving your position is key to improving your riding. In this series, you will gain a greater understanding of what is happening to your body when you ride. These articles help you identify all the components that come into play, whether they relate to your body, your horse or your riding. 

09/30/2016

As if riding wasn’t challenging enough, our own bodies add to the challenge. Boobs, regardless of size, can seriously affect our position, comfort and confidence when riding and, often, we’re not aware of the extent. Breasts don’t just pop into existence fully formed, they grow slowly enough that the increases and shift in weight are imperceptible and, overtime, we don’t realise just how much we adjusted our posture and activities to compensate. So, let’s think about this…

09/30/2016

My story begins when I was five years old. I got my first pony as a birthday present. I couldn’t remember a time when I didn’t want a horse of my very own. I learned how to ride by falling a lot.  I spent as much time as possible between then and now riding (and falling off) horses. I have ridden many different types of horses and many different disciplines, including starting and working colts and young horses early in their career. For the last 10 years, I have been starting and riding working ranch horses. 

09/30/2016

This series of articles by the Horse Rider’s Mechanic, Jane Myers, has been designed to help you find the fun in riding by improving your position, your balance and, ultimately, your riding confidence. Improving your position is key to improving your riding. In this series, you will gain a greater understanding of what is happening to your body when you ride. These articles help you identify all the components that come into play, whether they relate to your body, your horse or your riding. 

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