Western Riding

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...

Ready to Neck Rein

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...

How Tight Should a Cinch Be?

Q: How snug should I make my horse’s cinch, and what is the right way to tighten it? I don’t want to hurt my horse and I want to make sure he never becomes cinchy. A: How tight the...
Q: My horse is perfect to ride in every way except she won’t back up. When I ask her to, she throws her head and plants her feet. How can I get her to back correctly? A: The backup is...
Q: My horse pulls on the reins when I ask him to stop. How can I fix this? A: If a horse is pulling on the reins during a stop, he either doesn’t know how to stop correctly or there...
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