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Few things are more annoying than a horse that tosses his head under saddle. It’s hard to focus or get your horse to pay attention, and an irritated horse can’t do his job well. Frustrated with your horse’s head-tossing?...
The serpentine is introduced at Training Level in competition, but it’s practiced by savvy dressage riders at all levels. Here’s how to ride this deceptively simple figure. Geometry 101 Training Level Test 3 contains a serpentine of three equal loops the...
An upbeat, warm-hearted man—I’ll call him Dave—had trailered a horse to my clinic. His Mustang, who I’ll call Timmy, found it hard to settle down. I watched Dave’s cheery face as he chuckled uncomfortably, shaking his head and mumbling,...
Draft horses are commonly associated with draft driving and heavy harness work. Here’s a quick overview of draft driving terminology: Team: two horses hitched side by side Tandem: two horses, one in front of the other Unicorn hitch: a...
It’s officially a repeat victory in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Defending champ Oliver Townend of Great Britain rode Cooley Master Class to a zero-fault show jump round, maintaining his first-place standing after cross-country and taking home the...
Cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of the most anticipated events for equestrian enthusiasts in the country. Spectators got their wish with beautiful blue skies and fair temps. The rain on Friday morning had...
The evening before cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, I had the rare opportunity to learn about the course from a legend of the sport—Captain Mark Phillips. In addition to winning an Olympic team gold medal for...
Friday morning started out with a downpour followed by cold, howling winds. Not exactly the ideal conditions for dressage—but that didn’t stop a new top three from beating all of yesterday’s dressage scores. With dressage now complete, horses and...
The first five-star event of the season begins Thursday as the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian gets underway. But the long Land Rover weekend always starts with the jog, where each horse is presented...
Any horse can buck—that’s just how they’re wired. Whether you’re logging a young horse’s very first trip under saddle or trying to stay aboard a frisky older horse, knowing how to minimize, ride through, and maybe even prevent future...
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