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Paul D. Cronin

Equestrian Program Consultant, Equine Clinician and Teacher

Entries Tagged ‘horses’

Quality Schooling Requires Educated Riding

An educated position is essential for schooling horses in the Forward Riding System. In Summary, Points Concerning Position Nonabuse of the horse, unity of the rider with the horse in motion, the security of the rider, and the efficient and effective use of aids are the four fundamentals of a good working position. The rider […]

The Importance Of Head Carriage (part two)

Behind The Bit: The horse escapes a forceful hand and discomfort or pain by rolling under and behind the vertical. The rider cannot achieve soft, precise control. These horses are often mentally unstable or have upset reserve energy. Heavy use of gadgets such as draw reins and tightly adjusted side reins can produce this carriage […]

Balancing Gestures and Mechanics of the Jump in Four Phases

There are two topics in my opinion that do not get enough emphasis and in some cases are overlooked in teaching schooling. Mechanics of the Gaits The horse moves in DYNAMIC BALANCE. There is a constant loss and regaining of equilibrium forward. the walk has four beats. the canter has three beats. Both gaits have a […]

Schooling Topic

Evaluating and Selecting a Horse for and in Schooling To begin, the rider must decide what the objective for the horse is to be. When schooling is finished, what should the horse be?  A show hunter for A-level competition, an equitation horse, a local show hunter, a jumper, a field horse, an event horse, or […]