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Western Riding

Sidepass Solution

This article was originally posted on April 17, 2015 Q: I’m having trouble getting my horse to sidepass. He wants to go forward, backward, or sideways with his body crooked. How can I get him to do it correctly? A: The...
Is your horse a whiz at speed events, but tough to slow down when you want a calmer ride in the arena? If you ride a horse that was once a barrel or gymkhana star, he may want to...
Pair of roweled spurs

Earn Your Spurs

Spurs can seem like a ubiquitous piece of any horseman’s gear, but they’re not always necessary—or even desirable. Certified Horsemanship Association Chief Executive Officer Christy Landwehr shares her litmus tests for incorporating spurs, with advice on proper usage. Are You...
Knowing how to balance correctly on your seat bones can be tough for new or inexperienced riders, but it’s important to learn. As the old rhyme goes, the seat bone’s connected to the leg bone; the leg bone cues...
By Eitan Beth-Halachmy and Jenni Grimmett, DVM Illustrations by Eitan Beth-Halachmy Photographs by Lesley Deutsch Adapted from the book Dressage the Cowboy Way The walk, trot, and canter (or gallop) are the natural gaits of the horse. The jog and lope are cultivated...
Cueing your horse to canter (or lope, whichever term you prefer) can cause a bit of tension, especially if your horse has a history of kicking out, bucking or refusing to move forward. How can you get a perfect canter...
Is your horse a whiz at speed events, but tough to slow down when you want a calmer ride in the arena? If you ride a horse that was once a barrel or gymkhana star, he may want to...
Chestnut horse in a bosal

Going Bitless

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; in...
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...
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