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Articles by Kerry Mack

I read a lot of books and do like to share some of other people’s ideas that I find are helpful. Mark Rashid is a well known American trainer and writer initially from a western orientation. I have enjoyed several of his books but particularly enjoyed reading about what he had learned from the Japanese Samurai traditional self defense discipline of Aikido. He describes the master...

WE HAVE LOOKED at how you can train your horse to get the higher marks in the dressage ring. Now we will look at pirouettes. The principles of the training scale always apply: Rhythm, suppleness (including bend), contact, impulsion, straightness and collection are the six qualities we aspire to continually improve. Pirouettes require collection, the increased carrying of weight by the hind...

I have written before about making your horse a team player. You can train your horse so that he is more likely to want to do what you ask. Of course your horse would prefer to spend his day eating grass than being ridden, but when I ride I want my horses to want to do what I ask.

At Mayfield Farm we are often talking about balance. Dressage training aims to improve the balance of the horse. For the horse to be in self-carriage he must be balanced. As the training becomes more advanced we ask more challenging questions about the balance. The demanding transitions in the Grand Prix test, (such as passage to piaffe and back to passage), are all about the horse being...

Last time we talked about training that aims to make the work like “A DAY AT THE OFFICE”, Routine, and “A PIECE OF CAKE”, Easy. Fundamentally this is about understanding what is the smallest step towards what you are wanting to train, rewarding by removing pressure when your horse makes a reasonable attempt, then repeating. Then when this little bit is easy and routine build on it by asking...

At Mayfield Farm we believe that the relationship we have with the horse is important. Being responsible for the early training of a horse is a responsibility and a privilege. We hope to give the horses a series of lessons or experiences that build up in overlapping layers. We hope to build the confidence of the horses until they find the work just like a day at the office. Routine. A piece...

At Mayfield Farm we have a few guiding principles. I would like to make one of these the theme for the blog this year and keep coming back to how this principle informs choices we make when training.

“CAUSE THE WRONG THING TO BE DIFFICULT AND THE RIGHT THING TO BE EASY”.

This is a famous quote from American master horseman Ray Hunt (1929-2009). One of the grandfathers of the...

So we have paused in our exploration of our position and aids to set some goals for the next 6 months, but lets get back to the basics. We have talked about hands and seat (sitting trot at least). Now to the legs. Legs connect anatomically to the pelvis....

The last two weeks we have been talking about flying changes. You have, I hope been practising the preparation. If you haven't read the last two weeks blogs please go back and read them before you read this one. Good flying changes depend on good...

I thought I would share some secrets about the sitting trot. This is something many of us struggle with. Too often I see riders who seem to be struggling to sit still. The thing with the sitting trot is that yes you must sit still, but not in relation to the ground or something immovable. You must sit still in relation to the horses back. Of course the horses back moves, mainly up and down,...

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