Author Archives: Laura

About Laura

Laura Kelland-May is the founder of Thistle Ridge Skill Builders Development Program. She more than trains horses, she trains people to train their horses. In addition she is a Sr. Judge and can offer insight into What the Judge Is Looking For. Follow her here and get more tips.

Quick Fixes for Your Tense Back and Shoulders

Are your shoulders hunched? do you get ‘left at the altar’ or at the fence? Try these easy exercises to tame your tension – PRONTO! Continue reading

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To Middle Age and Beyond – Riding through your middle age

Now middle age has caught up to me and have found I have to pay better attention to my riding so I may continue to ride well into my middle aged years. Continue reading

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Can a Horse With a Rail Beat a ‘Clean’ Horse?

Each judge usually, and I say usually, because some judges don’t, gives a percentage score depending on the round. Generally speaking a rail gets a score of 40 – 50 depending on the rail and the rest of the course. See the following post regarding judging hunters. Continue reading

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Hunter Under Saddle

We as judges have formed opinions based on our own experiences. He is consistent, and reliable, and consistent and reliable is what an under saddle horse should be. Steady comfortable paces which a rider may have done to and from the field hunt. Continue reading

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