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Going Bitless

Photo: S.M./Shutterstock Metal and synthetic bits are long-established cornerstones of control, but they aren’t for every horse or rider. Some see bitless riding as the perfect expression of unity between horse and human. That doesn’t mean bits are inherently harmful;...
Photo courtesy Cowboy Dressage World So you hear all these people talking about how much they like Cowboy Dressage. You see all the information is free on the website cowboydressage.com and you want to give it a try. But what...
1. Tree Spread and Angle When viewed from the front, the spread and slope of the skirts should be an exact match to the shape of your horse. Any narrowing, especially in the area around the withers or behind the...
Cowboy mounted shooting is a fast-action timed event in which riders gallop around a pattern and shoot blanks (cartridges filled with black powder) from .45 caliber single-action revolvers, like those used in the late 1800s, to pop balloons that...

Negotiate Gates on Horseback

It seems so simple to reach over and unlatch a gate from the saddle—far easier than having to dismount. However, without proper preparation for the task, the gate can become a stressful situation and deter you from venturing down...

Buy the Best Western Boot

Are you daunted by the vast selection of boots at your local western wear dealer? From blinged-out and colorful looks to simple but durable styles, selecting a boot that best fits your needs can be a monumental task. Trainor...
Photo courtesy Road to the Horse. Nick Dowers (and his trademark mustache) became a household name when he was named the 2016 Road to the Horse champion in Lexington, Ky., in March. The fourth generation rancher from Dyer, Nev., brought...
This properly shaped light hat draws attention to the rider's face. Few things mark you as a greenhorn versus a pro like the shape, style and fit of your hat. Properly outfitted, your hat is your crowning glory. Poorly shaped,...
Horsemanship tops today showcase crystals only on collars, shoulders, yoking and arms rather than on the bodice. Photo courtesy CaBlu Competing with your horse in front of the judges requires a delicate balance between fitting in and standing out. You...
Are you a western rider who thought dressage was just for beautifully braided horses and riders in black jackets and white breeches? Well, think again. Western dressage is a cool new equestrian sport, and, if you ride an obedient...
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