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Riding and Training

Schooling over a vertical jump

The Lazy Jumper

Q. My seasoned jumper is a “been there, done that” kind of horse. But lately he’s been dropping rails, almost always on verticals. At horse shows, the first round or two he jumps clean. After that, I can’t seem...
Photo: micadew on flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0Q. How should I shift my weight while going toward, around and then away from a barrel so that I don’t hinder my horse’s ability to make a quick turn? A. The best way to...
Print this page If you show and are looking for a way to make your horse’s wimpy tail stand out for the judges, follow these step-by-step instructions from expert groomer Casey Warren on how to apply a temporary tail extension....
Here are some simple steps for mane banding from expert groomer Casey Warren. But before you begin, check competition rules to make sure those bands are allowed in your classes! ...
Q. I see bits in catalogs called “reining bits.” Is that what I should ride my reining horse in?A.  Your best bit will be the one that allows you to maximize your horse’s performance by giving you optimal control...
Q. I would like to know more about working my horse in a hackamore (bosal). I was wondering if you could give me some information on proper use of it when riding. How do I get my horse to...
Q. My horse often gallops off after a jump. Sometimes he even humps his back and pitches. My trainer said my lower legs are slipping back and I’m catching my horse in the sides with my heels. Can you...
Q. I have started taking my 9-year-old mare to playdays and other events. She is fine when she is with my gelding, but when I try to ride her away from him, she throws a huge fit. She starts screaming...
The shoulder-in asks the horse to shorten his stance, bend his hocks and position his shoulders to one side.Q. I’ve been schooling shoulder-fore on my 6-year-old dressage horse, and I want to introduce shoulder-in. Can you give me some tips...
© Copyright Jonathan Hutchins and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceQ: I plan to compete at the Beginner Novice level in eventing this year and hope to move up to Novice and Training. How fast should I go through...
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