Stop, Go, Turn Book and DVD by Claire Lilley
Whatever level you ride at, and whichever discipline you enjoy, it is so important to make sure your basic riding technique is correct in order to get the very best from your horse.
This book will give you a greater insight as to how three aspects of riding, Stop, Go and Turn, are used both separately and inter-linked to enable you to establish a correct training regime, whether you are starting a young horse, or re-training an older individual.
Each section includes a chapter on common mistakes, and ridden exercises to try.
Improving the Basics is all about perfecting your technique over time- there is no ‘quick fix’; it takes months or even years to develop together with your horse as a team, whether you are a novice rider just starting out, or an advanced rider wanting to improve.
The outcome of being able to Stop, Go and Turn with ease is a horse that is well balanced, attentive to the rider’s aids and able to work ‘through his back’ this can only be achieved under a rider with a correct position and clear aids; clear aids create a confident horse- and a happy rider!
Book price £16.99. (UK only Free P&P)
Buy the book and DVD for £40 (DVD is worth £24.99 including exercise DVD for riders) (Limited stocks at this special price)
Payment by bank transfer. Email me with your order for more details.
200+ Exercises with Poles by Claire Lilley
This book shows ground pole training for all disciplines showing how you can optimise precious schooling time and makes the most of limited time-scales.
This book gives quick and easy pole layouts using no more than four poles. Different exercises are given for each pole layout, so there is no need to move the poles during a session.
Why use poles?
The exercises help the rider to ride with precision, improving the horse’s way of going and establishing correct training according to the scales of training, namely Rhythm, Suppleness, Contact, Impulsion, Straightness and Collection.
Before you ask, yes I have ridden every exercise in this book! My horses really enjoy pole-work and I also use them frequently as a teaching tool.
Try the exercises for yourself and I’m sure you will be amazed at the improvements that can be made, both in your riding technique and in your horse’s way of going. You will never be bored with schooling again!
Contact me to order your book, price £21.99 (UK Free P&P)
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Movement for the Mind and Meditation
Fridays 12-1pm at The Old School, Market Lavington, Devizes, Wilts SN10 4DT
WEEKLY SESSIONS STARTING FRIDAY 8TH MARCH 2019
Price: £6 per week
This session is a combination of Movement for the Mind– gentle stretching, postural and breathing techniques. Meditation, slowing mental activity and Mindfulness – being present and”in the moment.”
What is Depression?
With depression, you may have been feeling lonely or withdrawn for a while, and not been able to ‘snap out of it’. Daily life becomes a chore, and simple things become a challenge. It may be difficult to socialise, and things that you enjoy doing lose their appeal. You may suffer from a loss of confidence and self-esteem, and lose interest on yourself- how you dress, and care for yourself. Feeling tearful and irritable, a lack of patience, a sense of frustration are all common signs of depression.Life is no fun, and it is difficult to lift your mood.
NHS Definition of Depression
- feeling hopeless and helpless
- having low self-esteem
- feeling tearful
- feeling guilt-ridden
- feeling irritable and intolerant of others
- having no motivation or interest in things
- finding it difficult to make decisions
- not getting any enjoyment out of life
Talking therapy- counselling- can really help with understanding what contributes to depression. It can unlock the door to your own path of exploration and self compassion. Depression may start from a life event such as bereavement, or build up through lifestyle or relational difficulties. Understanding yourself is the first step to self-healing and counselling is about being able to talk about your experiences, without being judged, or feeling embarrassed or awkward. Depression affects people on different ways- you are unique, and important, and deserve a chance to feel better.
The Countryside Counsellor
As the countryside counsellor, I fully understand that rural life is not easy and comes with a whole range of stressful situations. solo working can be lonely, with no-one to share
worries and concerns, anxiety can take hold, and affect your self-confidence and self-worth.
As an equestrian professional myself, having been a riding instructor for many years, I understand this world and how tough it can be, especially in the long, cold and dark winter months.
Losing a beloved horse or pet can be devastating, as can taking the decision to end their life if they are suffering. Letting go is so difficult, and finding support through tis dreadful experience really helps.
Coping with Injury
Personal injury is common, and can be hard to deal with if you are a fit and active person. Physical jobs such as vets, farriers, farmers, horse trainers, for example, demand physical fitness and stamina: injury can knock this for six, and the mental impact of not being able to do what you need to can knock you for six.
I can offer counselling in Devizes or Market Lavington.
contact me for details.