Mirror Installs are proud to present the launch of their new equestrian collection. With over 30 years experience in mirror installations, their expertise and knowledge makes for a seamless transaction. But what are the benefits of using mirrors and why should you use them?
The mirror never lies
For the competitive rider, support and training from the ground is critical, offering criticism and advice from a perspective unbeknown to the rider. Yet, as good as that would be, it’s not possible to have support from a trainer every time you ride. Strategically placed arena mirrors allow the rider to truly see what their horse is doing and how the horse is moving, something that even the best riders are unable to feel.
Arena mirrors really do give you a fresh perspective, allowing you to check your position, your horses gait and the movement as a whole as it happens. Horizontal mirrors positioned over the centre line on the short side of your school are best for this as it gives more of an overall view of how your horse is working. We always recommend having 3 mirrors positioned here for maximum viewing. The mirrors have been designed for longevity and offer crystal clear vision.
How many mirrors should you have?
The choice is obviously yours but once you get your first, you’ll wonder how you ever coped without them! We recommend starting with an odd number of horizontally placed mirrors on the centre line where. Having an odd number ensures when riding towards them, you stay central rather than riding towards a join where two mirrors meet. Positioning vertical mirrors on either side in the corner of the short side really does give you a full front on perspective as you travel along the long side. Your options are limitless and largely dependant on your budget but one is always better than none!
Benefits = results
The benefits of having mirrors installed in your arena are huge. Professional riders often praise them as they give you the opportunity to both see and feel how the horse is moving, something a trainer can’t even offer. Success comes from continual learning and striving to improve your performance each time. Mirrors offer support to that thesis – you can actually see for yourself if your horse is improving and how the movements are progressing.