Western Riding

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 then 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...

Make Your Horse More Supple

Making your horse more supple doesn’t just mean cranking her head around to your knee. Nope, it’s about softness, responsiveness and willingness. Whether you plan to show western pleasure with your horse or gallop her around barrels, she needs...
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