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“Blue Chip All Stars”

The “ALL STARS FINALIST’S” parody music video.The “Blue Chip All Stars” get together to film a parody music video at Talland School of Equitation for a bit of fun while their TV series is being shown on H&C TV. This is not an advert for any associated business or association, it is just a bit of fun from a great bunch of people who shared the same experiences. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Kelly Jewell, is a 36 year old mum fKelly Jewellrom the UK. She specializes in retraining racehorses for new careers and also owns a company that specializes in veterinary and medical digital thermal imaging.

I have a successful Vlog on YouTube where I offer training tips and horsemanship advice to everyone who has is as hungry to learn as I am. I also enjoy grabbing the odd equestrian celebrity for an ‘on the spot’ interview too – please subscribe to my YouTube channel for exclusive videos and an all round happy and informative horsey environment.

You can also join our Facebook groups ‘racers to riders’ or ‘Thermology uk’ or pop along to my website .

Oh and you cannot forget Kelly is also a very successful parody artist who is the genius and talent behind the horse flavored Adele Video.



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Luis Orterga Swimming with Horses

Luis Ortega Swimming with Horses

Luis Ortega specializes his activities to educate difficult horses, using swimming in the open sea to win the confidence and the respect of the horse. Currently he breeds sport-horses, using water technique to train high level horses.

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Aly in Iceland

Best Horse Selfie this year

“Just for you Robin Kelly! These Icelandic ponies are everywhere and so sweet! They have some crazy manes on them and are beautiful!”

This is one my favorite people out traveling in the world and I asked her for an Icelandic Selfie and she outdid herself. I count at least 10 Icelandics behind her!!!!! ALY you ROCK!

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The kids got game

Charlotte sure is a good sport the pony is bucking the adults are cracking up and she never gets mad just gets back on.

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Horse Selfies

Please post your own horse selfie and SHARE 🙂

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The Leg Yield with a Half Circle

Dressage trainer Jane Savoie explains the aids and the correct alignment of the horse’s body for leg yielding. For more tips from Jane, visit her website Dressage Mentor.

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Purpose of the Leg Yield

  • To teach your horse to respond to the lateral aids.
  • Develops the ability to move forward and sideways at the same time
  • To straighten your horses spine
  • To supple the horse
  • To assist with initial straightening for other more advanced movements

Dressage Training Leg YeildsThe Leg Yield with a Half Circle

The Leg Yield with a Half Circle.  You can try this exercise  at the walk, and trot. I recommend starting at the walk  so you can learn the exercise and teach it to your horse.

To begin get your horse stepping out and in front of your leg.  What this means is that he is traveling forward and a nice even pace not slowing down or speeding up.  And that you are not nagging him along with your leg.  If he won’t go forward willingly make a correction let him move forward then wait.  If he tries to slow down again ask with a soft aid to send him forward and if that does not motivate him repeat the stronger aid until you get the response you want which is a nice forward horse that listens to  soft aids and does not need to be nagged to keep moving forward.

Dressage Training Leg YeildsAs you approach the corner start your first Leg Yield come across the short side of the arena, half halt before the turn, then ride forward into the Leg Yield.  The Leg Yield is a movement where you ask your horse to move forward and sideways at the same time.

Dressage Training Leg YeildsHands:
Using your inside aids (in this example we are assuming you are tracking to the left and your left hand is on the outside of the arena). Use your outside rein or left hand by gently applying pressure on the rein looking for flexion in the neck. (Only enough bend to see his inside eyelashes) Then use your inside rein or right hand to control the degree of flexion and the speed of your horses pace.

To keep your horse forward and straight you apply your outside (left) at the girth encouraging your horse away from the rail by applying pressure and to help support the slight bend in your horses entire body. Use your inside (right) leg to send your horse forward and to control his hind end.

Dressage Training Leg YeildsSeat:
Your seat needs to stay soft and open allowing your horse to step up under and slightly across.

Look where you are going.

Start with a short line to X and look for a few steps when you are successful reward your horse by sending him forward into a circle or straight ahead. Try the exercise in both directions. As you progress you can make your leg yield longer across the arena looking for more lateral steps each time. But always remember to to walk forward if you get stuck.


Ride smart and quit before you get to tired and things get sloppy. You want to end on a go note and only attempt what you can actually get done. Remember you can ride again tomorrow.


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  • Riding The 20-Meter Circle

    Riding The 20-Meter Circle

    20 Meter Dressage CircleRiding The 20-Meter Circle

    Why Use the 20-meter circle to improve lateral flexion on your horse and learn how to change your bend when you change direction. When you ride on a 20-meter circle, you teach your horse to soften to the inside aids, and you learn how to ride your horse across their body from the inside leg (first) to the outside rein (second). Think Things to remember when riding a circle is that a circle is circular, so you are the same distance from the center at every step on the circle. Look at the spatial relationship of the circles in the Small and Standard Dressage Arena while riding the circle your horse's body arcs following the curve of the circle. So the inside of your horse’s body on the track is shorter than outside of your horse’s body on the track of the circle. Notice Circles will reveal stiffness in both the horse and the rider, and if you are uneven with your reins, the track of the circle is difficult to follow. Take note if it is easier to track one direction, if so then your horse may have a problem. Perhaps your horse is less flexible in one direction which is common, and the remedy is to spend more time in the awkward direction. When riding the circle your horse’s inside hind foot should track up into your horse’s inside front foot, and your horse’s outside hind foot should track up into your horse’s outside front foot. And you (the rider) shoulders and hips should match the horses bend. Plan Start riding the first 20-meter circle at the walk and plan your course. Remember that the bend is constant all the way around the circle. Think of a circle as having 4 points and ride from point to point on a curved line. Aids When you begin in this example tracking to the right: use the right rein or inside rein lightly to ask for for the bend and provide direction. The left rein or outside rein maintains contact and keep your horses straight on the circle. The riders right leg or inside leg stays on the girth encouraging the horse to move forward and to bend through its body to the inside of the circle. The left leg or outside leg is held slightly behind the girth to control your horse's hind end and keep it on the curved track and moving forward. Remember you are seeking lightness so if you have an unresponsive horse make a correction then return to the light aid.
  • Dressage Training 20 M Circles vs  Corners

    Dressage Training 20 M Circles vs Corners

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    Riding a Circle vs the Corner in the Dressage Arena

    Dressage Training Corners and CirclesWith an understanding of the spatial relationship of a circle in a dressage arena let's look at some tools to help horse's and rider's riding through the corner. Use cones to create a path and define the difference between a corner and a circle. On the ground start in the corner and measure 9 feet from the wall where the corners meet. Place a cone at your feet. Do this for each corner and in the center of the arena using an imaginary line from B to E. Once mounted you begin this exercise on the path between the arena wall and the cone, this is your corner. The path inside the cones is your 20 meter circle. Start this exercise at the walk keeping your training pyramid in mind. Look for a rhythmically relaxed walk and follow the path of the corners then at A or C move off the track and try the circle. While working the circle set a goal to keep your horse the same all the way, around the circle. This means the same pace and the same bend. On a circle, you maintain the same bend all the way around to achieve a round circle. Always take the time to teach yourself and your horse the exercise at the walk before trying the trot or canter. Once you have achieved this goal reward and take note of your horses physical and mental state before starting a new challenge. If your horse is fatigued mentally or physically call it a good day! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
  • Queen Isabell reigns supreme in Dressage Grand Prix

    Queen Isabell reigns supreme in Dressage Grand Prix

    [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text animation_loading="no" animation_loading_effects="fade_in"] Queen Isabell reigns supreme in Dressage Grand Prix By Louise Parkes [caption id="attachment_10623" align="alignleft" width="400"] Isabell WERTH (GER) rides WEIHEGOLD OLD[/caption] She’s 47 and formidable, an exquisite horsewoman and a long-time legend as the most medalled athlete in her sport. Despite a few glitches in her performance with the fabulous mare Weihegold today, Germany’s Isabell Werth won the opening Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Omaha, Nebraska by a comfortable 2.5 mark margin when scoring 82.300.. “I’m completely happy, but I’ll have to calm my horse down before Saturday because she got so excited in the prizegiving!” Werth includes five Olympic and three World team golds amongst the massive medal haul she has accumulated during her amazing career. She also has two FEI World Cup™ titles under her belt, the first collected 25 years ago in Gothenburg (SWE) and the next in Las Vegas (USA) in 2007, and she’s hungry for a third. But it isn’t going to be a walk-in-the-park because the home side’s Laura Graves (29) was breathing right down her neck today when posting the runner-up score of 79.800 with Verdades, and is bidding to become only the third American ever to take this prestigious title. [caption id="attachment_10622" align="alignright" width="400"]Laura GRAVES (USA) rides VERDADES Laura GRAVES (USA) rides VERDADES[/caption] “I think anything is possible!” Graves replied confidently when asked if she thought she could beat Werth in Saturday’s medal-deciding Freestyle to Music competition, and she has to be taken seriously after finishing fourth at the Rio Olympics with this horse who was so difficult as a youngster that she almost gave up on him. Britain’s Carl Hester (49) finished third with Nip Tuck and will be another strong challenger on Saturday when just 14 of today’s 16 starters will line out. New Zealand’s Wendi Williamson and Dejavu MH were elminated when blood was found in the horse’s mouth post competition and Hanna Karasiova (BLR) and Arlekino failed to make the 60% cut-off mark. Result:
    • Weihegold (Isabell Werth) GER, 82.300
    • Verdades (Laura Graves) USA, 79.800
    • Nip Tuck (Carl Hester) GBR, 76.671
    [caption id="attachment_10624" align="alignleft" width="400"]Carl HESTER (GBR) rides NIP TUCK Carl HESTER (GBR) rides NIP TUCK[/caption] Facts and Figures: 16 riders from 13 nations (Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland and USA). A total of 194 human and 215 equine athletes have competed in the four FEI World Cup™ Dressage Leagues, aiming to qualify for the Omaha Final. The winning rider, Isabell Werth, is a multiple champion and two-time FEI World Cup™ Dressage title-holder. There will be 16 participants in the FEI World Cup™ Final 2017. Title holder Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) is not competing in Omaha as his horse Glock’s Flirt was lame on the day of departure (25 March). Jessica Von Bredow Werndl (GER) also withdrew from the Final after her horse Unee B developed colic at the airport in Amsterdam prior to departure. Isabell Werth GER - 1st “I was well prepared but you never know what to expect! It was my fault we made mistakes in the two-tempis but I always felt safe. It wasn’t easy at the start of my test though because the crowd went crazy when they announced Laura’s score!” Laura Graves USA - 2nd “I came here to win, and to finish second to Isabell today feels a lot like winning! It’s my second World Cup Final, we competed in Las Vegas (in 2015) and this has proved how much my horse has developed over the last two years, he felt very honest and I’m very excited about competing on Saturday!” Carl Hester GBR - 3rd “I always give my horse an easy ride in the Grand Prix so that he’s perfectly rideable for Saturday. I don’t expect to be too far behind on Saturday.” [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Find Love

Every day thousands of unwanted pets languish and die in Animal Shelters in the United States.  If you are seeking companionship maybe you can find a place in your heart for a animal companion.

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    How do you like you beer served?

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    How do you want your beer delivered? Beer, Horses…… Its Friday! Every year in June happens in the small town of Brück (Germany, Brandenburg) a festival for friends of coaches pulled by heavy horses. This meeting of coach drivers is initiated by the brothers Haselof. In the year 2008 there was a parade of beer wagons from many German breweries. The event is named “Titanen der Rennbahn”

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