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Equitation Tips - Seats on Course
Bernie Traurig

In the third video from the Equitation Tip Series, Bernie discusses a quality that the top equitation riders possess - an independent seat.  This allows the riders to utilize all seats on course where they apply. Bernie offers various exercises to develop a secure, balanced, independent seat and enhance strength along with an adjustable hip angle.

Running time: 2 minutes and 38 seconds

Links to topics referenced in this video:

A Lunge Lesson, Val Renihan

Getting Secure in Your Seat and Legs, Val Renihan

The Independent Seat, Denny Emerson 

Building Blocks to a Great Position, Parts 1-5, Bernie Traurig

European Show Jumping From the 1960s
George Morris

Here's another priceless glimpse at show jumping history captured on film by Gordon Wright and narrated by George Morris. Legendary riders and horses from a bygone era compete at iconic venues across Europe from London to Aachen to Lucerne.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 31 seconds

Evaluating The Off The Track Thoroughbred For Purchase
Bernie Traurig

Join Bernie Traurig on a shopping trip for retired racehorses in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky. As a huge advocate for the Thoroughbred, Bernie supports the efforts of those who work to give former racehorses new careers. He discovered one such program that sets the gold standard for reschooling Off The Track Thoroughbreds. The Kentucky Horse Park is home to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, where tremendous care is given to the selection and training of these wonderful equine athletes and finding them suitable new homes. Because of the unique nature of this facility, Bernie is able show us the process he uses to evaluate a horse and predict its potential as a prospect for the jumping sport.  At this facility, one is able to get a broad overview of the horse’s temperament, soundness, movement and jumping talent in various ways. Bernie was able to observe the horses at rest in the stall, in hand, free jumping in the hitchcock pen as well as under saddle in the arena. People in the market for an OTTB don’t always get the opportunity try a horse so thoroughly, that is what makes the MMSC such a gem.

Running time: 49 minutes and 56 seconds


Links to videos referenced in this video:

A Tribute to the Thoroughbred Sport Horse

The Ideal Hunter Type presented by John French

Eventing - Mastering Your Cross Country Pace
Olivia Loiacono

In this video, international Eventer, Olivia Loiacono of OKL Eventing, shows you how to practice and master a good solid pace for the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary levels of the cross country course. There is a lot to think about when riding cross country; including keeping a proper galloping position to achieve a rhythmical, consistent and balanced pace. For any eventer, keeping the right pace for your level should become second nature, but it takes practice! Olivia shares some training exercises you can set up at home to establish and learn the correct pace for galloping at your level of competition. She also discusses how the reins (bridge and pulley rein) effect the horses balance - specifically the benefits of using a bridge as a tool for inexperienced riders to get better balance over their feet. Knowing different styles of holding your reins and hands is of the utmost importance when riding the eventing cross country course.

Tools you will need for this exercise include flags (or markers), meter wheel, stopwatch and your horse.

The United States Equestrian Federation's Rule Book and Omnibus listing is the official source for finding out what pace you will need to ride at for your specific level for each event.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 21 seconds

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
Bernie Traurig

Bernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse! 

View the next two parts in this series:

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B
Advanced Exercises to Develop a Better Eye Part 2

Running Time: 19 minutes and 1 second

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B
Bernie Traurig

Bernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!  

View the first part of this series: Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
View the next part of this series: Advanced Exercises to Develop a Better Eye Part 2

Running Time: 18 minutes and 13 seconds


Exercises to Help Lower Back Pain
Robin Martinez

We all know that riding is physically challenging and can be particularly demanding on the lower back. Join fitness expert and rider, Robin Martinez, as she demonstrates simple exercises and stretches that will alleviate lower back pain.

Also make sure to check out Robin's introduction to her fitness series, The Essential Elements of Fitness, by clicking here.

Running Time: 8 minutes and 2 seconds

Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. The presenters in this video are not medical professionals and this video is not intended to override or supersede information or courses of treatment from your medical doctor. The information presented on this video site is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical emergency, seek help from your physician or from a medical specialist. 

Exercises To Increase Heel Depth
Bernie Traurig

“Put your heels down...” this is one of the first things every rider is taught because it is so essential to proper position and effective riding. In this topic, Bernie focuses on ways to increase and maintain deep heels every day.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 32 seconds

Eye Exercise Tips
Bernie Traurig

Bernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!

Running Time: 6 minutes and 41 seconds

Farrier Tips With Blair Cooper
Blair Cooper

Spend some time with top Southern California farrier, Blair Cooper, as he demonstrates the proper techniques for dealing with sprung, loose or lost shoes. In this video you will learn what to do to keep your horse’s hooves in good shape until the farrier arrives.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 55 seconds