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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 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…

2 weeks 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.…

2 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…

2 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…

3 months ago

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Adds Ranch Riding to Western Line-Up

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) leadership announced that they will add ranch riding classes to their growing western division.…

3 months ago

Braiding and Banding: How-To’s for Young Riders to Improve Their Skills

Style your pony’s mane for English with rubber band braids or western competition with mane banding. Rubber Band Braids Materials:…

6 months ago

Tackle the Trail Course

If the idea of guiding your horse through a series of obstacles sounds fun, you’ll probably enjoy trying a trail…

7 months ago

Try Western Dressage

If you’re the type of person who enjoys setting a goal and tackling each step to achieve it, chances are…

8 months ago

Listening for Better Control Over Your Horse

Good horsemanship means having control over your horse’s body and knowing that your horse will listen to your cues. To…

9 months ago