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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.

Developing a Stylish Freestyle Reining Routine

Preparing for a freestyle reining routine requires more than hitting play on a fast-paced tune. Here, champion-earning freestyle performer and…

2 months ago

Episode 1: Riding Every Breed, Van Hargis, and Dream Horse Mysteries for May 25, 2021 from Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products

In this inaugural podcast episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, sponsored by Title Sponsor Straight…

2 months ago

How to Get More Speed on Your Barrel Racing Pattern

The winner at barrel racing horse riding isn’t solely the run with the fastest possible time. Today’s barrel racing competitions…

3 months ago

Learning the Circle Slow-Down in the Reining Arena

  So much happens in the middle of the reining arena: The center spot often marks where to change leads…

3 months ago

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…

4 months ago

In Real Life: Young Rider Lenna Peterson is Rounding the Turn to Take on the Barrel Racing World

My name is Lenna Peterson, and I compete in barrel racing. I am from Watkins, Minn., and I am 9…

6 months 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…

6 months ago

Rain Ready: Introduce Your Horse to a Rain Slicker

Will your horse allow you to pick up and swing a rain slicker? The noise and fast-moving fabric on both…

7 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…

7 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…

10 months ago