Our Horse’s Heroes

Lisa in the middle training the Blue Cross Rollaston Team

On a cold November evening, 40 plus local horse owners attended Lisa’s Horse Training Made Simple! workshop at the Blue Cross, Burford, all funds in aid of the Blue Cross.  Lisa opened the evening by discussing the importance of knowing your horse.  All horses are motivated by friends, ...

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Winning or Learning

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As I write this blog, the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics Games have just boomed around the world. Feeling as I thought I would; inspired, excited and hopeful for all the athletes, I have a deeper appreciation and value of the sacrifice and struggle than I did 3 months ago. For me every ...

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The Last Push To Rio

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Firefighting is a great word, it really captures being in the ‘here and now’, getting on with the daily functions needed to get done, what needs to be done.  That was my June.  So my update on my ‘Road to Rio’ is somewhat delayed, however as I reflect back on this past ...

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Holiday ‘Heaven’ Or ‘Hell?’

Heaven or Hell?

What is your holiday heaven?…or hell!? I experienced a new for both of these, (in equal measures!) this week – maintaining recently formed exercising habits  running and HIIT based workouts.  I am in week 5 of  a bespoke fitness plan to shape changes in both my behaviour and ...

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Progress + Champagne = Balance

Balance

Of course I would be lying if I said I love getting out the tape measure!  This week delivered one of my toughest challenges on my ‘Road to Rio’… my number 1 motivator (5 yr old son) decided to launch off the back of a slide resulting in a ‘Stoke City inspired’ ...

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‘Rollercoaster to Rio’

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Two weeks into my new rider fitness regime and the road feels more like a roller coaster with all its ‘highs and lows’… Im enjoying the structure of all the workouts, even my son Finley is helping me complete them, managing to motivate me when the going gets tough! I have ...

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Equitation Science International Camp in the UK

Winning Feeling

An exclusive Equitation Science International 3 Day Camp in Staffordshire, England with Dr Andrew McLean to optimise you and your horses performance. Receive training to improve your test riding, show-jumping and performance cross country.  This is a unique opportunity for Europe to fully ...

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‘A Road To Rio: A Riders Journey to Be Fitter’

Just nailed first ever HIIT!!

Road to… If, like me, you always try to do right by your horse, then you are probably open minded, critical of what is ‘out there’ and driven to give your horse the best of current research, within your budget.  I can’t recall an exact moment in time when realised I had ...

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Training Tools, Tapering & Taping

Improving horse heath and performance: Training Tools, Tapering and Taping

Catch up with this years Horses Inside Out conference all about ‘Improving Health and Performance’ Click on this link:  Horses Inside Out 2015 Conference for the full article published in the June 2015 Horses and People magazine. For a library of evidence-based articles visit ...

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Time for the FEI ‘Parachutes to Open’?

...they only truly work when they are open

Now is the time for leadership, open minds and bravery explained World Horse Welfare CEO Roly Owers as he urged delegates at the 2014 FEI General Assembly. “… we must ask ourselves, with the knowledge we have today, are we really placing the welfare of the horse above all other ...

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Is Your Horse Talentless Or Just Your Trainer?

Shape responses one at a time

In todays’s demonstration at Equitana Australia the unique line up of Dr Andrew McLean, Manuela McLean, Jonna McLean, Manolo Mendez and silver eventing medalist Sonja Johnson demonstrated why retired racehorses make for excellent horses to train, because they mirror our own training ...

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Cranked Nosebands: “Acts of Cruelty”

Lisa checking the tightness of a riders noseband at an EquiSci clinic using the ISES taper gauge

As I sat down this afternoon to read the Horse and Hound I was reminded it has been two years. Two years have gone by and still no change to horse welfare.  However  once again Pammy Hutton is speaking out for horses and clamped nosebands, bravo Pammy! In her ‘Straight Talking and ...

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Round Pegs & Square Holes

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Embracing Choice After another successful Your Horse Live I drove away feeling content, reflecting, sharing and questioning our thirst and hunger to devour vast and vibrant array of horse training demonstrations.  Those of you who know me, know I encourage and embrace choice. How poignant ...

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Thinking From Your Horses Perspective?

Decisions

Champion for Horses Professor Paul McGreevy is one of the most dedicated equitation scientists I know, driven to keep improving welfare.  He has spent his life’s work urging horse owners to consider their horse’s needs in all of our decision-making.  So before you finalise your ...

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A Brave New World?

Can we hope for a brave new world for dressage judging?

A Road less Travelled to Rome I am writing today’s blog from Rome, whilst waiting for the plane, after a 2 day clinic with my dedicated team of enthusiastic Equitation Science practitioners, hosted by the Italian professional showjumper Stefano Coata. Throughout the clinic I shared latest ...

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Equitation Science Seminar Series

New Equitation Science seminars for 2015

From Foal To “Gold”  During  January 2015 Lisa Ashton, former ISES Education Officer and Director of EquiSci is sharing the latest knowledge from this years International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Denmark.  Seminar 1: Is Stress all Bad? Did you know a small ...

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Going for Your Goals!

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  Lisa Ashton and Lucky Escape II competing at 2014 British Dressage Petplan Area Fesetival These Photos were taken last weekend when Lucky Escape II (Pidge) and I were competing at the British Dressage Petplan Area Festival, our training goal for 2014.  I was delighted with Pidge’s ...

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Improve Your Riding & Confidence

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Lisa reports from this years Centaur Biomechanics conference for Australian magazine Horses and People in the August issue: “As I listened in the breaks to horse owners and riders talking, I started to ask myself which would be more important to the horse? The opportunity for owners to ...

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Proofing Your Training

Pidge and Lisa warming up at a BD Competition

I have been training a little young black mare who belongs to good friend and client Jen Brown-Watson, Lucky Escape II.  In April I decided to enter some dressage competitions to ‘proof’ our winter training and with some mixed judging experiences at unaffiliated, made the decision ...

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Equine Degrees Are Back!

South Staffs College

Lisa has been recruited by South Staffordshire College during July 2014 to support the college’s Equine team in designing and validating new equine degrees with its old partner Wolverhampton University for 2014-15. This a new and exciting opportunity for Equitation Science with ...

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