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Riding and Training

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)....
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"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...
Posting can be useful when long-trotting to build a horse's condition or for novice riders still working on balance Instructor Darla Walker-Ryder explains how to correctly post the jog or trot. When to sit the trot or jog,...
Work at the walk, practiced and touted by old classical dressage masters, is always better than letting a horse stand around when for whatever reason he is not able to perform a regular training schedule. Walking allows for full contraction...
The goals of the spin in reining are speed, precision, and keeping the hind foot in place. Working on your horse's lateral flexion will prepare him for a good spin. Once the horse is supple, working on collection...
If you have a finished horse that doesn’t need a lot of work on the barrel pattern, the last thing you want to do is drill the cloverleaf over and over while you work to perfect your seat and...
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