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Riding and Training

Get Collected

Q. My 5-year-old gelding has a nice carriage and collected walk, but loses most of it when we trot. At the canter, his...
Q. I’m just getting started in the lower levels of eventing and am wondering about the best saddle to buy for the sport. Do I really need two or three different saddles, or can I get by with one...
What sets apart the pros from the amateurs? Often it’s the little details. Learning how to properly trim and bang a horse’s tail can give you that polished edge you desire in the show-ring. Banged tails are a popular...
Cutting, reining and working cow horse competitions share many similarities, one of which is the rollback. Whether executed while working a cow or when riding a reining pattern, the rollback is the most efficient way for the horse to...
We all know that appearance should be secondary to performance, but looks do have an effect on first impressions. Research in humans has found that the first impression is made in three seconds. With such little time to make...

Respond to a Send

Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply point at the trailer and get your horse to willingly walk in?  Here’s a tip that will put you on the right road to accomplishing just that. Teach your horse to...

Follow a Feel

What if your horse’s response was so light that you could lead him by the hair of his chin?  Teaching a horse to follow a feel at the slightest touch is not only impressive, it’s safe. Start with your...
In the wild, a band of horses will travel far distances each day in search of forage and water. It is not uncommon for wild horse herds to range 10 to 20 miles in a day. But what happens...
Q. I have shown western pleasure on the open circuit, but thought I’d test my skills at a breed show. What tips do you have regarding the differences I might encounter? A. There are several differences between open shows and...

A Hunter Frame

Q. I want to show my horse in flat classes, such as hunters under saddle and hunter-type pleasure, but I’m struggling with his high headset. How can I get him into that long and low hunter frame? A.  A horse...
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