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Western Riding

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...
Q: I’m learning how to ride, and I’m having trouble staying balanced at the lope. My trainer tells me balance comes from the heels, but is there anything else I can do to stay secure in the saddle? A: When...
If you’d like to truly "show off” your horse at horse show, you can’t do much better than to enter him in a halter class. This ground-based class might appear a bit like showmanship at first, but unlike that...
Q: When I ask my reining horse to do large, fast circles, he takes off and I can barely slow him down. How do I get back control? A: Speedy circles bring top reining scores, but it takes time for...

Learning the Barrel Pattern

Photo: Sharonj via Pixabay.com/CC0 Q: I’m teaching my horse the barrel pattern, but I can’t keep him in a lope. How do I fix this? A: If your horse is young, he may not be strong enough behind to hold...
Q: I was told to use a tie-down because my horse is high-headed. Is this a commonly used training correction for a green horse? Does it work? A: Your horse’s head may be exactly where it needs to be at...
Q: How do you train a horse to go from direct reining with two hands to neck reining with one hand? A: When I start training a young horse, I lay the groundwork for neck reining in the future. I...
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