I Wish I Were in Africa

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.64 “Jambo!” the soft musical voice of the Daniel floats through the tent flaps as hot coffee, tea and cookies arrive to wake us with the dawn. Dressed and ready to ride we make our way down to the mess tent where we […]

Learning Feel

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.51 For over 20 years I have taught the biomechanics or “how” of riding. The position of the rider’s body is key to good balance and timing. Sitting crooked in the saddle creates excess tension in your muscles, which is counterproductive to good […]

A Question of Degree – Halts, Half-Halts, Rein-Back and Rock Back

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.46 Before we progress to lateral movements we have one more topic to cover, that of rebalancing your horse through the halt, half-halt, rein-back and rock back. All of these movements are related in that, when done correctly, the horse learns to transfer […]

Swing, roll, circle pump and press: A Do-it-yourself guide to good leg position

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.38 In the past several articles, I have given you some practical exercises to improve mobility in your hip joints (EH #35), find even weight distribution on your two seat bones using a physioball (EH#36) and how to use a blood pressure cuff […]

The Role of the Seat and Leg -or how do I get my horse to go forward

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.33 Recently I have come across a number of students who think that the seat is all that is required to make their horse go forward. This is an admirable goal and can be seen with a finished horse, one that has had […]

Contact: it’s not about the reins

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.31 – Subscribe today! Contact – A Defining Quality How many times do you end a conversation by shaking someone’s hand, giving him or her a hug or saying “keep in touch”? Isn’t it interesting that we end verbal conversations with physically orientated acts […]