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Western Riding

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...

The Flying Change Formula

  Does your horse seem clueless when you ask for a flying lead change? Then you have my sympathy. Whether your riding goals are connected to hunters, reining or other riding sports, few challenges are more frustrating than working with...
An off-track Thoroughbred named Alexie competes in barrel racing. California-based trainer Nikki Egyed retrains ex-racehorses for new careers, often in western disciplines. Like many trainers, Nikki Egyed finds great joy in rehabbing & re-training off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs). But where many...
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