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Riding and Training

Jenny knew she was pretty lucky to be able to school her young chestnut gelding during the winter months in a warm covered arena. "Good thing, too," she muttered to Finnegan as she swung into her well-broken-in close-contact saddle....
They are among the flashiest horses in the flashiest classes — the American Saddlebred horses in the three- and five-gaited events. Like barely controlled dynamos, they charge around the ring with high knee action, willowy necks and proudly held...

Round Pen Training

Wouldn't it be nice to find a single tool that would get your horse's attention, lengthen and shorten his stride, increase his balance, tune up his cadence, fix his rollbacks, teach him to drive and allow him to blow...

Longe Away Tension

Stiffness in the saddle is one of the biggest hidden handicaps to good riding — not the obvious stiffness that shows itself through muscular pains in the neck, arms or legs, but rather an underlying tension that...
You've pondered styles, researched suppliers, sat in seats, evaluated trees, though about girth lengths, decided on the perfect size for your horse and compared prices. Your catalogs are tabbed and dog-eared, and you've visited every tack shop you could...
Like many horse enthusiasts, you may occasionally wonder just how intelligent the horses in your life actually are. You maybe among the fortunate few who own a horse that is truly a breeze to train, or alternately, your mount...
A smooth, seamless walk-to-lope transition isn't just a must in the show pen. A horse that can easily strike off without throwing his head up and lunging into the gait, or breaking first into a trot, provides a more balanced,...

Charging Up the Lazy Horse

Once upon a time Sparky was one fired-up horse. Responsive, alert, ready to do what his owner asked. Now, Sparky acts more like a fouled spark plug sluggish, unresponsive and hard to get going. Then there's Garfield, who was never...

Placing in Western Pleasure

Western pleasure looks ridiculously easy from outside the ring. If it's done right, it can appear as if the rider is sitting comfy on a remote-control horse. But if you've ever had to maneuver your horse through a crowded...

Tack Advice for the Show-Ring

What does the judge want? That question is on the minds of all competitors as they enter the arena. We asked two nationally respected judges what kind of picture they like to see from riders showing in front of...
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