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Riding and Training

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...

Matching and Mirroring

Spent 10 minutes matching and mirroring your horse. Stand in your horse’s Zone 3 (about where your leg would be if you were riding). Put your hand on his withers, staying close to the shoulder, and move when, where...
Print out several copies of the Parelli Horsenalities chart, but take some time to observe your horse before you write anything. Next, spend 10 minutes filling out one of the charts, carefully considering each aspect of it. Determine how...

Moving Forward

Q. My mare keeps switching gaits. I ask her to trot, and she starts crow hopping and tries to lope. How can I train her out of this? A. Your horse is having trouble because she lacks forward motion. Forward motion...
Q. I completed a successful eventing season at Novice Level last year and plan to move up to Training Level this year. I am worried about having cross-country time faults at Training. Do you have any advice? A. The leap...
Q. My 4-year-old mare kicks out and bucks while going downhill on trail rides. My veterinarian has ruled out health problems. How can I correct this dangerous behavior?A. Your horse is definitely trying to tell you something! Don’t get...
Q. My 6-year-old barrel horse runs to the first barrel and home from the last barrel well, but between barrels she shuts off and practically lopes. I’ve tried kicking and even a crop and spurs to no avail. My...
Q. I have a hard time making a good first impression in my dressage tests. I can’t turn down the centerline properly—I either overshoot or undershoot. If I do hit it, I usually weave my way down. Can you...
Q. I have been competing in the amateur hunter division for years, but I would like to try some eventing. My horse did eventing before I bought him, but I’ve never ridden outside of an arena. What sort of...
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