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Riding and Training

Spending time in nature is an exciting and healing experience. Add a horse to the mix and you get to see the world through different, far more astute, eyes. In fact, the United States’ wilderness areas were defined and...
The reins sting your hands as your horse’s head dives like a falling rock for the tall mound of grass. One second ago, you were on a quiet ride through a pretty meadow. Now you’re mad, and pulling hard...
Western horses are ridden in both snaffle bits and curb bits. Snaffle bits work via direct pressure while curb bits employ leverage. Young or green horses are typically started in a snaffle bit and should learn the basics...
Few things are more annoying than a horse that tosses his head under saddle. It’s hard to focus or get your horse to pay attention, and an irritated horse can’t do his job well. Frustrated with your horse’s head-tossing?...
The serpentine is introduced at Training Level in competition, but it’s practiced by savvy dressage riders at all levels. Here’s how to ride this deceptively simple figure. Geometry 101 Training Level Test 3 contains a serpentine of three equal loops the...
An upbeat, warm-hearted man—I’ll call him Dave—had trailered a horse to my clinic. His Mustang, who I’ll call Timmy, found it hard to settle down. I watched Dave’s cheery face as he chuckled uncomfortably, shaking his head and mumbling,...
Draft horses are commonly associated with draft driving and heavy harness work. Here’s a quick overview of draft driving terminology: Team: two horses hitched side by side Tandem: two horses, one in front of the other Unicorn hitch: a...
It’s officially a repeat victory in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Defending champ Oliver Townend of Great Britain rode Cooley Master Class to a zero-fault show jump round, maintaining his first-place standing after cross-country and taking home the...
Cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of the most anticipated events for equestrian enthusiasts in the country. Spectators got their wish with beautiful blue skies and fair temps. The rain on Friday morning had...
The evening before cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, I had the rare opportunity to learn about the course from a legend of the sport—Captain Mark Phillips. In addition to winning an Olympic team gold medal for...
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