ENGLISH DISCIPLINES INTERNSHIPS
English riding is a term used to describe a form of horse riding that is seen throughout the world. All variations of English riding feature a flat English saddle without the deep seat, high cantle or saddle horn seen on a Western saddle in addition, the knee pads seen on an Australian Stock Saddle. Saddles used in various English disciplines are all designed to allow the horse the freedom to move in the optimal manner for a given task, ranging from classical dressage to horse racing. Most versions require riders to use both hands on the reins, rather than just one hand, as is seen in western riding. Riders also frequently “post” or “rise” to the trot (rising and sitting in rhythm with each stride).
English Disciplines Internship Details
English Disciplines Internships are provided throughout the U.S. to increase knowledge and skill level in the field of Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, Three-Day Eventing and Combined Driving. Most English Disciplines Internships are one full year but that depends on specific host’s needs. English Disciplines Internship participants will observe English disciplines such as having a good seat and a correct, well-balanced body position and moving with the horse’s motion. Riding practice may be included for the intern depending on the skill-level of participant.
Skills to be learned on a English Disciplines Internship may include:
- Daily care of horses
- Including feeding
- Cleaning stalls
- Assisting veterinarian and blacksmith
- Some riding depending on level of skill of applicant
- Exercise and warm-up horses
- Preparation and grooming of horses at competitions
- Tack maintenance and equipment usage
*Actual skills learned will vary by host and previous experience