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Riding and Training

Practice Emergency Dismounts

Does your fear of falling off prevent you from getting on? Pat Parelli says, “Prior and Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.”  Using that concept, take 10 minutes to practice an emergency dismount. Pat also says to “separate, isolate and...

Build Leadership

Are you nervous that when you lead your horse he’s going to pull, step on you or even nip at you?  Does your horse run you over or walk past you when you stop?  Build your leadership every time...

Build Confidence

Does your horse spook when you or anyone else moves quickly around him? You can build his confidence by working with him for 10 minutes a day. Put a halter on your horse with a 12-foot leadline and practice...
When working with a green horse, regardless of the type, you’re going to have some highs and lows. To help you keep your wits and your optimism about you, here are 10 rules to remember: 1. Building a bond with...
You proudly survey your young horse as you consider sending him off for training to get started under saddle. He’s turning 3 years old, and you are eager to begin your working relationship with him. You know there are...

Set to Spin

Q. We have trained a phenomenal reining horse, but we’re having trouble getting a consistent spin. How do you train a horse to spin? A. Your horse’s unsteady spin is most likely a position problem. Proper form is critical for...
Q.  I ride lower-level dressage and am having trouble getting my horse to halt square. Can you give some pointers? How can I feel the square halt?A. The halt is an important skill to master because not only do...
Q. I have a 4-year-old warmblood that I want to begin jumping. My vet is going to examine him to determine if his bones are mature enough to start jumping, but what is the process that he goes through...
Horse jumping in a hunter class at a horse show

Breaks for Jumps

Q: Most of the time my green hunter is very brave at unfamiliar jumps. But every now and then at a show, he’ll suddenly slam on his brakes without warning. Then he makes this big effort from a standstill...

Herd-Bound Help

Q. Can you give me some pointers on how to make my horse less herd bound during trail rides? If I decide to turn around and leave the riding group, or the riding group leaves us, my horse gets...
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