Book Review: The Horse

Over the summer I’ve been reading The Horse: A Biography of Our Noble Companion by Wendy Williams. If horses have a ‘biography’, then this book largely focuses on what would be the equivalent of their childhood years. The Horse explores their evolution and how they became the horses we know today; looking at wild horses, equine biology and psychology, the origins of their partnership with humans, and various anecdotes about horses the author has encountered or researched around the world.

I used to have a little half-Morgan palomino whom I most certainly did not deserve. The horse was a gem, although I was too young and too ignorant to know that at the time. I took him for granted. Mornings I saddled my horse and rode him down our Vermont dirt road to the grade school where I taught piano. There my gelding would stand in his halter, trying desperately to grab bites of grass while the kids out for recess annoyed the poor thing, in a loving sort of way, endlessly.

The Horse, Wendy Williams

The Horse starts with anecdotes of the author’s own horses then discussion of a Stone Age horse carving, before delving into the fascinating dramas and dynamics of wild horses. This includes mention of how different breeds – including Russian Yakut ponies and Canadian Sable Island ponies – have adapted to their environments.

The majority of the book then covers the evolution of horses, relating it to how the environment has made horses who they are. Some of this included pages that were a bit tedious and about dinosaurs or evolution in general rather than horses, but most was very interesting. I had never before considered the differences between the environments in which horses and humans evolved, or the significance of these for our inter-species relationship.

The remaining chapters then look more in detail at themes such as early horse-human partnerships, how horses see, and the ‘rewilding’  of Przewalski’s horses. These chapters travel from the New Forest to Galicia, California to Vienna, and the Netherlands to Mongolia – weaving horses and horse-lovers all over the world into one extensive story.

Personally, I’ve learnt a lot from The Horse, not just about their history but how this has shaped the way horses view and interact with the world. I have a greater appreciation for horses as a part of their natural environment – something we humans tend to forget.

If you like horses and you like reading, then I would definitely recommend Wendy Williams’ The Horse!

Horse Daydreamer x


How a Horse Works

To truly understand a horse and be able to form a partnership that brings out the best in them, we need to know how their bodies work. Through learning about equine anatomy and physiology we will become better aware of how best to care for and ride them.

Horses have 12 body systems which, while independent, also interact with each other. These systems have been shaped by millions of years of evolution to suit horses’ niche of their intended role in nature.

1. Integumentary System

The integumentary system includes the skin, hair, whiskers, hooves, and glands. It works to protect the horse from the external environment, regulate body temperature, and sense pain or pressure.

2. Skeletal System

The skeletal system includes the bones, of which horses have about 205. It gives structure, protects vital organs, and supports the softer parts of the horse’s body.

3. Muscular System

The muscular system consists of the muscles, and together with the skeletal system forms the larger musculoskeletal system. It works to create and allow movement, both of the body and inside the body.

4. Fascia, Tendons, & Ligaments

The fascia, tendons, and ligaments are sometimes considered part of the muscular system, but are not muscles themselves. They work to join bones together, connect muscles to bones, and generally hold the horse’s body together.

5. Digestive System

The digestive system includes the horse’s mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. It digests food, breaks down nutrients for absorption, and expels waste.

6. Respiratory System

The respiratory system includes the nostrils, trachea, bronchi, lungs, and alveoli. It allows the horse to breath, oxygenates the blood so the horse’s body can function, and removes carbon dioxide.

7. Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system involves the horse’s heart, blood vessels, and blood. It is one of the most important systems because it’s responsible for moving blood around the body along with nutrients, waste, and gases.

8. Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is in some ways similar to the cardiovascular system and involves vessels, nodes, and lymph fluid. It works to return body fluids to the blood, filter pathogens or foreign particles, and create disease-fighting white blood cells.

9. Nervous System

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and neurons. It sends information about both the external environment and inside the body to the central nervous system in the brain, and then influences the horse’s reactions to this information.

10. Endocrine System

The endocrine system includes the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, pancreas, adrenal glands, and ovaries (female) or testes (male). It creates hormones to regulate various processes in the horse’s body.

11. Urinary System

The urinary system involves the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. It works to removes waste products, and maintain the correct balance of water and electrolyte salts in the horse’s body.

12. Reproductive System

The reproductive system involves the internal and external genitalia of both mares and male horses. It works in different ways in each gender to ensure (unless humans interfere and prevent it) that foals will be born to continue equine existence.

Researching for this blog article has involved a lot of flashbacks to the GCSE science that I’d forgotten! Maybe I would have remembered better if my teachers had used horses rather than humans as the examples! I find it interesting now though to learn more about how horses work so I can come to understand them better.

Horse Daydreamer x

Riding From the Seat

When I’m playing polo, most of the time I don’t actually sit in the saddle. We’re supposed to keep a light seat while attempting to hit the ball or hooking an opponent’s mallet, and even have to do a ‘rising canter’. I’ve found that polo has been beneficial in many ways for my general riding – in particular with confidence about going very fast and thinking quickly – but it’s also created some habits that I need to relearn when swapping riding styles.

Earlier this summer, I went on a riding holiday where I did lots of hacking and trail riding, sometimes in the saddle for up to six hours a day (the horses were very fit). The horse I rode was bombproof, fancied himself more as a racehorse than he was, and had a big character – think overgrown Thelwell pony! On some of the rides we were able to have long canters, and I found myself automatically taking a light seat or doing a rising canter. It was much more comfortable than trying to sit, especially over the rough ground. However, whereas in polo I’m used to having lots of space and racing the other riders, while on these rides we had to stay in single file.

The horse I was riding wasn’t keen on the idea. He wanted to go faster and wasn’t too respectful of the horse in front. I found myself becoming tense in anticipation of  each canter, gripping the reins too much. Not because of the speed – polo ponies are much faster and I would have been happy to let him run – but because it was a fight to keep him at a sensible distance where he wouldn’t get kicked by the horse in front. In polo there’s plenty of space and I don’t have to worry about crashing into anything, but on these rides I did.

The changing point was when one of the ride leaders told me to relax, loosen the reins, and sit back. It’s advice that I should have known, if I’d thought about it, but it was useful to have someone remind me. On that next canter I really sat back and rediscovered a position in the saddle that I’d seemingly forgotten. It felt like I was leaning back too much, but was much more comfortable and felt more secure. When I’d been trying to sit to the (rather fast!) canter before, I must have been unconsciously leaning forwards, because this new position gave me a much deeper seat and a sense of control that helped me to hold the horse back and regulate his pace more easily, with less dependence on rein aids.

It was interesting to note how important and influential the seat is in riding, whether it’s light, deep, leaning forwards, or sitting back. I want to try to become much more aware of what I’m doing in the saddle and the effect it has. I’d like to encourage you to do the same too!

Happy horse riding!

Horse Daydreamer x

The Language of Horsemanship (Part Two)

Read part one here: The Language of Horsemanship (Part One)

I’ve been learning to play polo for nearly two years now. Something I’ve found really interesting is both how different and yet similar it is to ‘normal’ riding. Although it’s still riding and at the end of the day polo ponies are horses like any other, the language used is very noticeably not the same. Almost like a different dialect.

Horse language is the same wherever you go. So is the essence of human language, even though there is much cultural variation. The language of horsemanship is different since it involves inter-species communication. It’s based on the idea of a relationship between two fundamentally different creatures rather than being rooted in the survival instincts of a particular species. It’s a created language. A learnt language. I think that’s important to remember.

If a horse and a rider learn that language even slightly differently then there’s likely to be miscommunication at some point. Once we acknowledge that we can begin to work with the horse to understand each other instead of getting frustrated at the horse being ‘naughty’.

This is emphasised in the difference between a dressage/showjumping horse and a polo pony, since they’re trained in a completely different way. As riders, we’re trained in certain ways as well.

To give an example, when I first started learning polo I used to take the reins in two hands when I first got on, then rearrange them into one hand. Not only do you hold the reins in just one hand for polo, but you also hold them ‘upside down’ and threaded completely differently between your fingers.

When I tried to steer a polo pony with the reins in two hands, even if it was just to get out of the way of the mounting block so other people could get on, the ponies just did not understand. I had to switch the reins into one hand and neck rein for them to know what I wanted them to do.

As I’ve already said, the language of horsemanship is learnt not instinctive – even though it becomes second nature with practice.

In switching disciplines the language variations are obvious. When simply switching horses it’s much more subtle but there can still be a difference. A ‘lazy’ riding school pony use to beginners has learnt to respond to a different language than a highly sensitive competition horse, for instance. And a horse familiar with just one rider can become confused when ridden by someone else who asks for something in even a slightly different way.

This is part of the skill of a horseman/horsewoman. We need to become fluent enough in the language of horsemanship that we can communicate with any horse regardless of what ‘accent’ or ‘dialect’ they’ve learnt.

Horse Daydreamer x

The Language of Horsemanship (Part One)

A couple of weeks ago I read this article by Susanna Forrest:

Two Horses, One Language (The New York Times)

I found it very interesting and I’ve been pondering about it for a while. I’d never really thought of horsemanship as a language before, but it makes a lot of sense.

We’re familiar enough with ideas of  ‘horse whispering’, ‘natural horsemanship’, or ‘equine behaviour’ to know that horses have a language of their own. They whinny and nicker, but being prey animals by nature most of their communication is silent. When we’ve been around horses enough we start to pick up on things – such as if they prick their ears forward or turn their hindquarters to face us. I think, however, we probably miss out on a lot of subtleties.

The thing about horse language is that it is for horses. For the herd. We can try and learn it. If we want to become true horsemen/horsewomen that’s what we will do. But it was not intended for us, and all horses everywhere understand it by nature.

Then there is human language. Unlike horses, we usually rely on verbal communication. When we think of language – if you’re like me – the first thing that comes to mind are our spoken languages. English, French, German, Spanish, Hindi, Latin, Cornish, Afrikaans, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Greek, Swedish…

The list goes on. As far as I know, no other species has felt the need to create so many different languages. Maybe this is both our strength and our weakness. If we study them long enough we are able to comprehend many different languages, but perhaps our reliance on words makes us less sensitive to the subtleties of non-verbal communication. Of body language. This is what I mean by human language.

The ways we think and the ways we act, along with our emphasis on words, are part of our human language. And in many ways it is fundamentally different to horse language.

As humans, no matter how kind we may personally be, we are the most dangerous predator on Earth. We can hunt animals to extinction. We can destroy natural habitats in a way no other species can. We can choose to protect and care for other animals. Whichever we choose, as humans we are powerful. We are also able to rationalise and are social creatures.

Horses, on the other hand, are flight animals. Prey animals. They know it’s better to be safe than sorry. They’re intuitive. Sensitive. Every part of their makeup is designed for this purpose, from their long heads to allow them to see over the grass while grazing to their long legs that let them run from danger. There is safety in numbers and they rely on their herd to alert them to danger, so they’re constantly ‘listening’ to their herd members as well as the surroundings. They are social creatures.

This is perhaps the single most important link between humans and horses – the need for companionship, for a relationship of some sort.

Horse-man-ship. The relationship between Horse and Man. Something we, as horse lovers, strive for. It requires its own way of communication, however, to be possible. A compromise between horse language and human language, something created over thousands of years by humans but with horses. We spend years learning this language when we first start riding and then a lifetime finessing it. Horses also have to learn it – it’s not their first language either.

This is something I’ve been thinking about and trying to understand quite a bit lately. This blog article is already too long now though, so I think I’ll have to create a part two!

Happy riding and keep loving horses!

Horse Daydreamer x

A Tribute to the Horse

Sometimes the world can be noisy and distracting. A cynical place, where it is all too easy to lose touch with our dreams and become convinced that for whatever reason it is not realistic to follow our passions. I know that I know the feeling. But what if we were given our passions for a reason? Are we just going to ignore that? Sometimes we need to reconnect with a little childlike innocence and magic, for how can we find out what is really possible if we don’t hold onto our dreams?

I want to share a few videos that I found online with you. Make sure you have the volume turned on because the music is important. I hope they help you remember just why you love horses, why they are worth loving. Here is a Tribute to The Horse:

A reminder of their beautiful spirit:

The memory of childhood adoration and the pure joy of pony-filled days:

I was never one of those lucky children with their own pony. I was never able to join a Pony Club Branch, but I did go to a Pony Club Centre based in a riding school. I was lucky in a different way and, perhaps, everyone who gets to experience the simple innocent joy of loving a horse is lucky. We must not let the jaded, complicated, adult world take this away from us. Remember what you love and stay true to that – in whatever form that may take.

I hope you enjoy these videos, but don’t forget that to bring dreams to life you must act.

Horse Daydreamer x

What Makes a True Horsewoman?

alycia-burtonWhat makes a true horseman/ horsewoman?

How can we ride like those who inspire us?

Is it even possible or just a beautiful dream, reserved only for the elusive few to achieve?

We love to hear about inspirational horse riders because they act as our aspirational selves – they’re who we want to be. There comes a point though when it’s not enough just to witness others succeed. Dreams are all very well, but we need to believe!!

Reality and dreams collide harshly though, and all to often our hopes are quashed in the process. Time, money, age, responsibilities, expectations… so many things seem to stand against us in our quest to greatness. It was easy for them, we can’t help telling ourselves. They came from a horsey family/ were riding before they were born/ had plenty of money/ a million other reasons that we’re jealous of those we admire. Often it’s true. But they had their own challenges, just as we have ours. It might not be easy, but we can achieve!!!

Anything is possible in life, if only you can somehow hold onto your dream. – Pippa Funnell

There’s a lot of truth in Pippa Funnell’s words. We tend to let life, doubts, expectations in the way. It’s all too easy to give up on our dreams, but it’s only by chasing them that we can ever realise what we thought was impossible.

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

It’s important to have dreams that seem impossible, dreams that scare us, because it’s only by aspiring to be more than we are now that we can achieve and grow into who we are meant to be. Dreams act as a destination point for us, and life is a whole lot easier if you know where you’re going! Even if you don’t know quite what it’ll look like, having a vague compass direction will help guide your journey. It’s just the journey that’s difficult!

Impossible dreams need to be broken down into possible yet intimidating steps, which need to be further broken down into smaller, more tangible, achievable goals. These goals must be actively worked on rather than just dreamed about, and should be measurable in some way. Set a time scale for these and review them regularly. Adapt them if necessary, but be courageous enough to push yourself out your comfort zone.

If your dream is worthwhile to you, then take fear as a sign that you’re doing something right! Push at your limits and boundaries – you’ll find you’re capable of more than you thought, and sooner or later your impossible dreams will seem not so impossible after all!!

Good luck!! Keep dreaming your dreams alive!

Horse Daydreamer xxx

First Polo Lessons!

polo-lessonHello! If you’ve read my last blog post you’ll know that the 100th horse I rode was a polo pony. I told you that I had a lot of exciting stories to tell you, and one of them is that I’ve started learning polo!!!

So far I’ve only had a few lessons, but it’s amazing how fast everyone’s progressed! The other new riders and I are nothing compared to the riders who have been playing several years, but already we’re managing to play chukkas in walk – and score goals!!

Polo, in case you don’t already know, is a game played on horseback that has been described as a bit like hockey. Usually there are four players on each team, and they all have a wooden mallet with which they have to hit a small white ball. As with most ball games, the aim is to hit the ball into the opposing team’s goal. This is easier said than done!

I thought I’d share with you some of the thing I’ve learnt in my first few polo lessons, as it’s great fun and very different to ‘normal’ riding.

Forget What You’ve Learnt

Polo needs a different riding style to regular dressage/showjumping, and polo ponies are trained to understand different signals. It’s similar in many ways so it won’t take long to pick up the basics, but if you try steering with the reins in two hands (even just to get out the way of the mounting block when you’ve got on) your pony won’t understand! Apart from having the reins in one hand and neck-reining, you have to hold the reins in a completely different way. It’s very strange to start with, so you almost need to forget what you’ve already learnt.

There’s an Art to Holding a Mallet

This is another thing that’s very confusing, even after several lessons. You can’t just grip the mallet – you have to make sure it’s facing the right way, try to remember how to wrap the ribbon at the end round your hand, and then position your fingers in the right place. This is very important as your arm is going to get tired from hitting the ball and it’s easiest if you’re holding the mallet correctly.

It Makes ‘Normal’ Riding Feel Over-Complicated

Once you get over the strangeness of polo riding you begin to wonder why you ever rode any differently!! The lightest pressure on the reins (even with them just in one hand!) will steer a polo pony much more easily than all those arguments you use to have with nappy riding school ponies. Polo ponies are trained to be forward and sensitive, but it’s also a more natural riding style.

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

The advice that’s probably equally applicable for all ball games is to keep your eye on the ball. Being on speedy polo ponies, you need to be aware of your surroundings, but stay focused on the ball. If you let yourself get distracted by what other people are doing, chances are you’re going to miss it.

Just Go For It

Polo is something best learnt by doing and learning by experience. Practise makes perfect after all!! Get out there. Hit the ball. Try a faster place. Don’t hold back. The worst that  can happen is that you’ll miss the ball, and at the end of the day polo is a competitive sport!

Get Over the Ball

When you’re about to hit the ball you’re suppose to get out the saddle into a sort of light seat. However, it’s different from your typical jumping light seat in that you need to be actually over the ball. To get a better polo position, it help to think about getting your head actually above the ball, as this will help you lean out the saddle properly to hit the ball

Your Pony Will Help You

Polo ponies are generally very well trained! They’ve learnt what you’re trying to do and will automatically follow the ball to some extent. Sometimes they kick the ball themselves, which may be helpful or unhelpful. Even if you miss, your pony may help you and kick it along! Also, it’s important to remember to trust your pony! Polo ponies know what to do and will help you if you ride properly!!

Polo Is a Team Sport

One of the main things that makes polo so much fun is that it is a team sport! It relies on both individual partnerships with your pony and a collective team spirit, the combination of which makes it unlike many other sports. Possibly one of, if not the most important thing, is to back each other up, support, and communicate. Different people have different skills and it is only by supporting each other that you can succeed – meaning polo is automatically more sociable than ‘normal’ riding can sometimes be!!

Keep Moving

Polo is a fast-moving sport (when you’re ready for the speed!) and requires you to keep moving forwards. Don’t stop on the ball, just keep moving, and when you’re ready to up the pace a bit, go for it!!

Polo requires a whole new skill set compared to regular riding, but it also feels very familiar. At the end of the day, it’s still horse riding and if you already ride you will feel surprisingly at home in the saddle. Polo isn’t as intimidating as you might expect!

If you get the opportunity to learn polo take it!!! It’s the most amazing fun, and there’s something very satisfying about the clunk of your mallet hitting the ball!

Keep loving horses,

Horse Daydreamer xxx



My One Hundredth Horse!

autumn-horseHello! It’s been a while since I last posted anything, but I’ve decided to start writing again. There’s a lot going on in my life right now, so I should have some exciting stories to tell you, but I might be a bit irregular in how often I post articles. Think of them as a nice surprise! (I hope it’s a nice surprise!!)

Ok, so my first news – as you may have gathered from the title – is that I’ve now ridden 100 horses! I’ve kept a list of the names of every horse and pony I’ve ridden since I started learning properly, and it just kept growing!

It was at 99 for quite a long time before horse number 100 came along, and it seems very fitting that she was a special horse. My 100th horse is a polo pony!!! But more about that later…

100 is quite a significant number, it sounds almost exaggerated but it’s not, I promise! I’m yet to own my own horse (that’s a dream of mine that will come true one day!) and have been riding now for about eight-and-a-half years.

Mostly I’ve just had weekly lessons at my riding school, with occasional extra rides whenever there were Pony Club rallies or summer camps. I love horses but I’m not one of those lucky, lucky people who get to ride nearly every day.

As much as I wish I had a horse of my own, not doing so may be partly why I’ve been able to ride such a variety of different horses. From 4-year-old Connemaras to 16.2hh Irish Draughts, elderly thoroughbreds to cheeky little Welsh ponies, beautiful Andalucians to trustworthy trekking cobs, I’ve had the chance to ride many different horses and ponies!

It’s worth noting that all the horses I’ve ridden were relatively safe, enough to be in a riding school. They all have their quirks and difficulties – some of them were by no means easy – but none of them were dangerous or ‘problem’ horses. I don’t want to lie about my ability!!

Still, compared to people who have ridden the same horse for the past six years or so, getting on a horse that I don’t know doesn’t phase me. (And I know nobody would give me a horse they didn’t think I could manage.)

100 is a significant number, and it means I have lots of stories to share!! I know though that I’m far from being a ‘good’ rider, whatever that vague and ever-shifting label means, so I still want to learn as much about horses as I can! I’ll be writing about what I’ve learned (and what I love) here. I hope you’ll join me on the endless journey of equine obsession!! And I’d love to hear your stories too, so please share them in the comments!

See you soon,

Horse Daydreamer xx

Caprilli vs. Classical Riding!


In the early 20th century, a revolution took place that would change the way we rode forever.

Captain Federico Caprilli, an Italian cavalry officer, earned the hostility of the Italian army by challenging the conventions of classical riding and was transfered to a different regiment. It was this “rebellion” that initiated the invention of a new style of riding.

Whenever you use a jump position, light seat, or two-point position you have Caprilli to thank.

Classical riding was based around different aims to Caprilli, and had a very different seat. Classical riders told the horse what to do and how to do it; Caprilli believed the rider should just tell the horse what to do and then allow the horse’s way of doing it. Unlike classical riders, Caprilli thought horses were able to balance themselves with a rider rather than needing to told how to do it.

There is a natural difference between the horse’s and rider’s centres of gravity. The rider’s centre of gravity is further back than the horse’s, and this difference needed to be reduced to keep balance.

For most of history, classical riders had taught collection.They tried to narrow the gap between the horse’s and rider’s centres of gravity by moving the horse’s centre of gravity backwards. Collection engages the horse’s hindquarters, causing the horse’s centre of gravity to move backwards, and it was around this concept that classical riding was based.


The old jumping seat – uncomfortable for horse and rider!

The problem was that as the horse’s pace increases, their centre of gravity moves forward. The classical riding seat wasn’t as effective riding at speed, across country, or when jumping. When jumping, instead of leaning forwards as we do now, classical riders leant backwards and stuck their lower leg forwards. This position came from the knights of ye olde days, and is not suited for jumping. Classical riders claimed that by leaning back they spared their horse’s forelegs, but Caprilli disagreed.

The old jumping seat was uncomfortable for the horse, and as classical riders tried to  make the horse land hindlegs first (thinking this would further spare the forelegs) went completely against the horse’s natural way of jumping. By leaning backwards, the rider got left behind the movement and unbalanced. They also pulled on the reins, which was painful for the horse. As a result, horses found jumping difficult and many disliked it.

After watching horses free jump without a rider or tack, Caprilli discovered something that was fundamentally wrong about the old jumping seat – horses always landed on their forelegs. He photographed their shape over jumps and began to develop what we now take for granted as our jump position.


The forward seat meant Caprilli could (and did) jump anything!!

Caprilli’s theory was that the rider’s position over the fence should not interfere the horse’s natural jumping movement. He realised that the rider should shorten their stirrups and lean forwards to move their centre of gravity forwards to meet the horse’s. By taking their weight out the saddle they allowed the horse freedom to use their back, as well as helping the rider keep a secure position. Most importantly, the contact should be light and the rider should give with their hands.

Our modern jumping position was created.

As with all new ideas, not everyone was happy with Caprilli’s “forward seat”. It angered many people and caused him trouble in the army. However, it was so effective that the benefits could not be denied. Before long he was made chief instructor at the Italian army’s cavalry school, where all new students learned Caprilli’s technique. The Italian cavalry began to dominate international competition, and riders came from all over the world to learn from him.

Caprilli died in 1907, aged 39, during a riding accident. The year before he’d had this opportunity to demonstrate his technique to the world in the 1906 Olympic Games. Interest increased throughout the 20th century, and now Caprilli’s forward seat is widely accepted as the correct jump position.


The forward seat revolutionised jumping, although shorter stirrups were already being used for racing.

Classical riding hasn’t been entirely replaced by Caprilli’s techniques. Horse riding as it is now taught uses the best of each method, while ignoring other aspects. A forward seat is used when jumping or galloping, but not when riding on the flat as Caprilli did. Collection is still used, and dressage in particular uses a classical riding position, but jumping has changed drastically.

Caprilli’s position has improved the level of show jumping. At the beginning of the 20th century international show jumps were about 4’6″. Now they are over 6′ and in much trickier courses. While a forward jumping position is still used, experienced riders no longer leave everything to the horse, instead altering the horse’s stride to meet these more difficult fences in the right place.

Caprilli’s legacy is simple but innovative. He’s responsible for radically improving jumping standards for both horses and riders.

Next time you jump, just remember it’s thanks to Caprilli!

Horse Daydreamer xxx


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