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Riding and Training

Friday morning started out with a downpour followed by cold, howling winds. Not exactly the ideal conditions for dressage—but that didn’t stop a new top three from beating all of yesterday’s dressage scores. With dressage now complete, horses and...
The first five-star event of the season begins Thursday as the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian gets underway. But the long Land Rover weekend always starts with the jog, where each horse is presented...
Horses can buck out of fear, pain, or because they have an excess of energy. Depending on the situation, you may want to bring your horse to a walk or stop when he starts bucking, but often the...
Reining combines speed, control and exciting maneuvers that will make your heart pound. Each of the moves in a reining pattern is designed to show how athletic and well-trained your horse is. The sport originated from the maneuvers of...
Bad spots aren’t the only cause of refusals. Here are three more issues that could put the brakes on your jumping. Riding the Wrong Track: A course of jumps is really just a flatwork pattern consisting of lines and half-circles (turns)....
Horse and rider jumping over a crossrail

See Spot, Jump

"Don’t blame your horse. You rode him to an impossible spot.” If you do much jumping, you’ve probably heard your trainer—or highly observant equestrian friend—utter that admonishment after a refusal. Don’t be discouraged. Possessing a natural “eye for a distance”...
Posting the trot is a skill like riding a bike: Once you learn to do it well, you won’t forget how, no matter how long it’s been since you last sat on a horse. If you learn to “rise...
Dressage has been around for centuries, and so has the practice of working cattle from horseback. Yet it’s only in the last few years that a competitive sport called working equitation that combines the two has taken off in...
Last month, trainer Annie MacDermaid shared tips on how to select an American Mustang to bring home to your herd. This month, she shares the steps she takes to take a horse from wild to mild. Since 2014, MacDermaid has...
Q: I have an OTTB (off the track Thoroughbred). When he gets anxious, he grinds his teeth and tilts his head to one side. It’s extremely annoying when I’m trying to ride. Any suggestions? A: Young Thoroughbreds are taught to...
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