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Thirty-five horse-and-rider pairs entered the Alltech Arena on Saturday evening to take a shot at winning the $250,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Lexington. Eight different countries were represented, and all members of the U.S. show jumping teams for...
Cueing your horse to canter (or lope, whichever term you prefer) can cause a bit of tension, especially if your horse has a history of kicking out, bucking or refusing to move forward. How can you get a perfect canter...
Equitation on the flat is a chance for you to show the judge just how effectively you ride. The goal of the class is to use invisible aids to show off all three of your horse’s gaits, in both...
Jessica Holub Rumbaugh is a realtor and also manages the marketing side of her and husband Ben’s grass-fed beef business. Add in a 2-year-old son, Kai, and a 6-month-old daughter, Bailey, and Jessica’s day is usually booked solid. But...
Riding with kids can be fun—the key is to plan ahead to enjoy your saddle time. Jessica Holub Rumbaugh shares her tips and advice for mothers who want to ride. Be flexible. The best laid plans are often set...
After a family crisis, Ken Chin became the owner of a dozen high-profile Arabian performance horses. At the time, Chin knew very little about horses in general, and absolutely nothing about the ones he inherited. Fortunately, the animals had...
Young girl trail riding

Trail Riding Tips

It’s great to get out of the arena and enjoy a fun, relaxing trail ride with friends. Before you hit the trail, keep the following tips in mind. Safety First Always tell someone where you are going to ride and...
You teach your horse how much to respect you and your space each time you lead him. While you may mindlessly grab a halter and casually walk your horse to his next destination, he pays attention to which behaviors...
Sometimes water can be scary for even the most experienced trail horses. Water looks different to horses than it does to people. If the water is muddy, horses can’t tell how deep it is. If it’s moving and splashing, it...
A vast bundle of nerves lies at the base of the horse’s neck. When it’s stimulated in a way that activates the nearby muscles, the horse lifts his weight up and travels with lightness. We refer to this as...
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