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Counter Bending to Canter

Q: I’ve seen professional riders counter bend their horse before asking for a canter transition from the walk or trot. When I counter bend, my horse just feels disconnected with his neck to the outside. How can I make...

What is a Half-Halt?

Q: My trainer explains the half-halt as pulling and pushing at the same time, but it’s still a mystery to me. Can you explain the mechanics of the half-halt? A: In its rawest form (meaning without balance or technique), the...
Q: I have a 2-year-old gelding that I want to train to jump. Is that too young? If so, how old would he have to be? A: Most trainers won’t ride horses at all during their 2-year-old year if...
  Riding over ground poles isn’t just for riders who jump; working a horse over poles has benefits no matter what discipline you ride! Some of these benefits include: strengthening his hind end (especially helpful for horses coming off...

Teach Your Horse to Jump

If you have a young horse or a horse that is brand new to jumping, it’s important to carefully introduce him to the sport so he will jump correctly and be confident over fences for the rest of his...
Q: When I ask my horse for a flying lead change, she makes quite the production; however, she does the change. She can do a simple change without any drama, but flying changes are preferred for hunters. What do...
Practicing cantering in jumping position over ground poles is one way to help develop your eye for distances without wearing your horse out over jumps. Q: I ride a wonderful horse, but I just can’t seem to get a consistent...
Not everyone can afford a set of custom-made jumps, and there’s nothing wrong with creating your own fences, but safety is still key, no matter how creative you get. Some fences are never safe to use for jumping. These...

The Flying Change Formula

  Does your horse seem clueless when you ask for a flying lead change? Then you have my sympathy. Whether your riding goals are connected to hunters, reining or other riding sports, few challenges are more frustrating than working with...
We have all seen a rider kicking her horse, red in the face from effort, getting nowhere, and thought to ourselves it looked like a whole lot of work. Maybe some of you have even been that rider, wondering...
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