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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...
Q: I receive comments on my dressage tests indicating that my horse is too rushed. How do I fix his tempo? A: Rhythm denotes the timing and sequence of the footfalls for each gait, while tempo refers to the rate...

Creating Contact for Dressage

Q: On my last dressage test, the judge wrote "inconsistent contact.” I know contact is one of the foundations of dressage; how do I keep it consistent? A: Contact is the point where rider’s hands feel the horse’s mouth,...
Q: My horse has a tendency to completely ignore me at the canter. He shoves his head out and forward, opens his mouth to evade the bit, and runs off. Usually I’m heading to a jump when he gets...
Love them or hate them, flat classes are part of every hunter rider’s world. Bad transitions, blown leads and the dreaded spook in the corner are common mistakes committed in the ring. Fortunately, there are things you can you...
If you’ve ever found yourself approaching a fence with apprehension, or perhaps have had a bad fall or negative experience while jumping, you’re not alone in your jumping fears. Don’t lose hope. There are steps you can take and...
There is an undeniable elegance in hunt seat riding. Despite the inherent risks involved with jumping a horse, it’s aesthetically beautiful: horse and human taking flight together. But let’s be honest. Posers who are merely propped up on their...
Bits have been used by riders to control their horses for thousands of years. From a simple leather strap to ornate iron contraptions, humans have tried what seems like every possible design. The two primary types of bits used...
When facing jumps, horses can run into a lot of issues, both big and small. For some horses it’s distances, and for others it’s straightness. And as we all know, jumps can pose quite the mental hurdle for riders...
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