Use Your Aids to Whisper, Not Shout

The rider’s aids are her tools to communicate with her horse. The “natural” aids, which she uses to respond to her horse, are her seat, legs, and hands. The rider’s seat, and especially her legs, controls two-thirds of the horse’s body from the wither back. Her hands control the forward one-third of the horse’s body including the shoulders, neck, and head. Let’s look at each of these important aids. The Seat: The rider’s seat works as an aid to help the horse go forward or slow down. The seat works by applying weight into the saddle on the horse’s back according to what response the rider wants. She uses more weight in her seat for more response, less weight for a lighter response. The weight that the rider applies through her seat, on the saddle has two functions. It indicates to the horse her desire to go forward or slow down and helps him to accomplish these actions. I’ll explain more about the function of the seat in upcoming editions of this newsletter series.



No More Horses!

There are certain combinations that are irresistible. German chocolate cake and mocha ice cream. Staying in bed 15 minutes longer on a cold, rainy morning. Horses at auction and your daughter. Because I am older and wiser now, I can tell you with certainty, “Never go to an auction with your daughter.” (My father told me many times: “Do as Daddy says, not as Daddy does, and be the man Daddy should of was.”)

Shows and Results


The Magnificent Met Mounted Police Return To Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Adding to this year’s stellar line-up of entertainment, the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police will be returning with their breath-taking Activity Ride, a phenomenal demonstration of skill and bravery as they negotiate hazards, portraying complete trust between horse and Officer. Expect horses jumping through a solid paper wall, fire, and many more edge-of-the-seat moments as the horses boldly illustrate their nerves of steel, in perfect formation.

Here is some of the latest equine news!

Eventing Nation Red on right, white on left, insanity in the middle

  • Weekend Winners: Rocking Horse II, Paradise Farm, Fresno County Horse Park
    by Leslie Wylie on February 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Lots of winter eventing action afoot this weekend, from Rocking Horse in Ocala and Paradise Farm in Aiken to the first FEI event of the year at Fresno County Horse Park in California. That amounts […]

  • Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks
    by Jenni Autry on February 18, 2019 at 5:01 am

    If you’re anything like me, you struggle to do one clean flying change at any given time, much less five on a diagonal in a dressage test. On that note, we’re sending three cheers to Liz Halliday-Sharp for tackling her first Prix St. Georges […]

  • What’s Happening This Winter? [Updated 2/17]
    by Leslie Wylie on February 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the winter. It’s free to post a listing. Just email the date, location, contact information and any other details to […]

  • Sunday Video: Rocking Horse Winter II Prelim Helmet Cam
    by Leslie Wylie on February 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Rocking Horse Stable’s winter event series rolls on with its Winter II H.T. taking place this weekend. The upper-level divisions are done and dusted, with several Novice and Beginner Novice divisions still unfolding this afternoon. […]

  • Fitness Work on Hills: An Excerpt from ‘Training Horses the Ingrid Klimke Way’
    by Ingrid Klimke on February 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    In this excerpt from “Training Horses the Ingrid Klimke Way,” Olympian Ingrid Klimke shares why she feels hill workouts are necessary fitness builders for the equine athlete. Reprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books ( Training […]

  • Best of JN: A Little Horsey Limbo?
    by Meagan DeLisle on February 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Free jumping a horse is a great way to see what kind of scope they might be bringing to the table. Some thrive in this structured environment, others don’t know quite what to do wit […]