Western Riding

Walk-to-Lope Transitions

A smooth, seamless walk-to-lope transition isn't just a must in the show pen. A horse that can easily strike off without throwing his head up and lunging into the gait, or breaking first into a trot, provides a more balanced,...

Charging Up the Lazy Horse

Once upon a time Sparky was one fired-up horse. Responsive, alert, ready to do what his owner asked. Now, Sparky acts more like a fouled spark plug sluggish, unresponsive and hard to get going. Then there's Garfield, who was never...

Placing in Western Pleasure

Western pleasure looks ridiculously easy from outside the ring. If it's done right, it can appear as if the rider is sitting comfy on a remote-control horse. But if you've ever had to maneuver your horse through a crowded...
Conditioning a performance horse for work is an art and requires good judgment on the part of the rider. You need a fine-tuned feel for how much and how soon to increase a horse's work to build up its...
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