What could anyone write about horse training and riding that hasn’t already been
said hundreds of times before?
Just Five Basics for your horse!
• The Five First Tier Basics of riding are - go, stop, turn in, move out, and soften.
Teach these to your horse and then use them to complete the rest of your horses
Just Five Basics for You!!
• Trying to define the use of your hands, seat and legs for every possibility creates
a nearly infinite number of combinations that many never do sort out. When training
with the five basics, there are five combinations of hand, seat and leg - one for
each of the basics. Then we use these to ask for more advanced movements, figures
and qualities. This greatly simplifies the training process for horse and rider.
A Circle That’s Just Right for Your Horse
• The ideal figure for your horse to learn on is his Natural Circle. Similar to the
classical “volte” of dressage, the size of this circle is based on his size and conformation.
From this starting point he will gradually move out to larger figures, bigger gaits
and using more energy. Training on the right size circle for your horse works better
than training on a standard 20 meter circle or going round and round on the rail.
A Position that’s Just Right for You!
• We are all shaped differently so rather than getting crammed into a theoretical
shape that doesn’t fit, your correct position is the one in which you are secure,
balanced and comfortable. This principal is true when using your aids too. It is
more important that you ride in a relaxed, comfortable way than in some theoretically