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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...

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...
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...
Q: I was told to see-saw my horse’s bit when he lifts his head. He drops it, but then he lifts it up again. Why isn’t it working? A: When you see-saw, the bit’s metal mouth piece drags back and...
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting your horsemanship journey, bits are a complex science. It can seem daunting to choose the right one from the wide array of western bits available, but armed with information about the...
Western horse loping

Slowing the Lope

Q: How do I get my western pleasure horse to slow his lope without four-beating? A: Repair your horse’s lope over the span of two to four weeks, beginning with the extended jog and long-trot. They are excellent tools...
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