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Riding and Training

After your horse understands the basic “whoa and go” aids in the walk, trot, and canter, and you can make basic figures such as a 20-meter circle and three-loop serpentine, it’s time to introduce him to the concept of...
English rider in the warmup ring at a horse show

Ready, Set, Show

Years ago, horse shows were primarily defined by whether you wanted to walk/trot/canter (and maybe jump) or walk/jog/lope (and perhaps chase a cow). In contrast, today’s horse show world also includes intriguing opportunities like western dressage, ranch versatility, competitive...
Bring along a pit crew. Juggling entry forms and grooming tools while also changing in and out of various outfits can leave you haggard—and potentially smeared with boot polish and slobber. Enlist a helpful pal (or two) so...
As you ride your horse on hills, you’ll need to keep your center of gravity aligned with his so that you don’t lose your balance or cause your horse to work harder and lose his balance. In simple terms,...
There’s no need to tote everything but the kitchen sink to the show ring with you. Professional grooming expert Liv Gude’s ringside essentials will fit into a small bucket: Hoof pick with brush. Hoof polish/oil for touch-ups. Elastic bands...
You’ve put in countless hours of training and practice. Your horse is fit and ready. Now he needs to look like a star! Before we dive in to grooming, keep in mind that proper nutrition is the foundation for...
The sport of eventing is equal parts difficult and exciting. You must be able to perform an accurate dressage test, a controlled round of stadium jumping, and a forward but safe cross-country jump course. While you can practice dressage...
Slow and steady wins the race, right? However, a lackadaisical horse isn’t always a good thing. When you feel like your legs will fall off from constantly nudging your horse along or you’re frustrated with his lack of response,...
Bridleing a horse

English Bit Basics

The number of bits available are almost limitless. Most of us have a pretty hefty collection, and even then it’s just the tip of the iceberg. It can be a challenge to make a quick decision and pluck just...
Spending time in nature is an exciting and healing experience. Add a horse to the mix and you get to see the world through different, far more astute, eyes. In fact, the United States’ wilderness areas were defined and...
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