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Tip of the Day – Ride like a sack of Spuds

You know what its like – your horse is rather excited at an event or is tense, its not settling through its back while warming up for dressage and you are getting a bit fed up as it refuses to settle.

When this situation occurs – I think, ride like a sack of spuds. I let all my core relax, slouch and relax through my shoulders and arms, and generally ride like a sack of spuds while staying in rising trot. I find this often de stresses you and lightens the mood and will often release the horse through their back once you stop riding like a sack of spuds.

Sadly I have no simple fix for the days when you are riding like a sack of spuds and are aiming not to (and I have lots of those days!)

About the author


An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.