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Western Riding

Horse Illustrated covers anything you can think of related to western riding, including how-tos, tips from experts, discipline specifics, and more. Disciplines included are: western pleasure, western dressage, reining, speed events like barrel racing, and cattle events like cutting and team penning. Many riders start out riding in this style, especially in the Western states, and then progress into one of the disciplines above. Some of the topics covered include introducing your horse to cattle, how to ride the rollback, how to cue the lope, how to go bitless, selecting a hat for the show pen, showmanship, and much more.

Western Training: Developing a Soft Feel in Your Horse

A “soft feel” can mean many things to a horse person. From the rider’s ability to communicate with the horse…

1 month ago

Barrel Racing Short Story: The Case of the Tipping Barrel

Enjoy this short story from Young Rider magazine involving barrel racing in which Emma’s perfect new horse brings out her riding…

3 months ago

Tips on Improving Your Western Showmanship Skills

You’ve seen sleekly groomed western showmanship horses with expert skills move in sync with their handlers while outfitted in halters…

4 months ago

Western Lesson: Slide Your Horse into Sidepass

The sidepass is a maneuver that shows up in most trail courses and some horsemanship patterns. Knowing how to move…

6 months ago

The Need for Speed: Improving Your Barrel Racing Runs

You’ve been running barrels for a while now: You know the pattern. Your turns are solid. Your seat is stable.…

8 months ago

Box Me In: Learn How to Box a Cow

Try it once. Cattle work can be addictive. Once you’ve learned how to quietly ride into a herd and you…

8 months ago

Ranch Riding Coaching Session for Pattern 1

Champion trainer Julian Nemmers explains how to navigate through AQHA Ranch Riding Pattern 1. For Pattern 1, you’ll enter with…

9 months ago