The Well-Groomed Horse

Horsemanship Level 1: Grooming Grooming the horse is one of the most important skill sets a rider needs to have.  It allows you to check your horse for injuries, helps increase the circulation to his skin and muscles, prevents chafing from dirt under the tack, improves his appearance, and provides valuable bonding time. As you…

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Off side! Navigating your way around a horse

It’s been about seven years since the first Horsemanship Level 1 blogs, so its time for an update.  Even if you already have your Horsemanship 1 it is worthwhile reviewing this material, as subsequent levels are all built upon this foundation. The first item on the Level 1 checklist is: identify colour, near and off side, and twenty simple parts of the horse.

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Flying Changes Ahead: What’s New for 2019 in the Mounted Combat Program

Happy New Year! There are big changes in the Mounted Combat program this year.  Perhaps the most significant is that the program is moving from being a direct part of the Vancouver school, and to becoming a separate satellite school situated at Cornwall Ridge Farm. This won’t have a huge affect on the classes themselves,…

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Classical Riding: Keeping Tradition Alive

As practitioners of mounted combat, it is often useful for us to look to the classical riding instructors of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Antoine de Pluvinel, François Robichon de Guérinière, and William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle. Fortunately these men all wrote books to which we can refer, and even more fortunately the…

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Horseback Archery Returns!

This holiday Monday, October 8th, is you last chance to catch Horseback Archery in 2018! We are lucky enough to have Robert Borsos of Borsos Torz Horse Archery for one more clinic before he heads back overseas on his busy international competition schedule.  Don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity to get instruction in a small…

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Choosing your Course in the Mounted Combat Program

Riding, Horsemanship, and Mounted Combat Fundamentals:  Which Course is Right for You? Students in our mounted combat courses come to us with a wide variety of pre-existing skills.  Some are expert riders, some have been practising swordplay for years, and some are complete beginners at both.  Whatever your skill-set, we have courses for you!  Here’s…

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