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Stop Spooking!

Does your favorite horse jump 10 feet in the air every time he spots a plastic bag fluttering in the wind or some trash on the ground? Spooky horses can be a handful, so we've got some tips to...

Mud

If it rains where you live, you probably have experienced muddy conditions at your barn. Obviously, squishing through deep mud in your muck boots is no fun, but did you know that mud could cause problems for your favorite...

Walking a Course

Doing well at horse shows is all a matter of preparation, and if you plan to jump at a show, you must be able to jump your horse at your own barn. You should feel safe on your horse...

Summer Survival

Before you head to the pool this summer, give a thought to your horse as she stands in the sun. She needs some extra care to keep her happy and healthy in the summer months. Here are some things...
Puff! Puff! Puff! Is that YOU after a few minutes of trotting? Sounds like it’s time that you started thinking about how fit you really are. You expect your horse to trot and canter for miles, and be full of...
When you go to an English-style show, there are often three types of jumping classes that you can enter: hunter, equitation or jumper classes. They are quite different, and you should learn about them before you send in your...
Have you played with a yo-yo, sending it away and then bringing it back to you? That’s how you play the Yo-Yo Game with your horse, teaching him to back ("yo”) and come ("yo”) to you! Here’s a test. What...
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Warning Signals

Horses and ponies can’t talk to you, but you can still understand what they are feeling just by paying close attention to their behavior. If you study the way your horse behaves when he’s around you in the barn, and...

Loping Lessons

If you’ve spent some time walking and jogging your horse, chances are you’re looking forward to loping. For most riders this is the most exciting gait and many of the most popular western sports like barrel racing and reining...
Did you know that the word "dressage” comes from a French word that means "to train”? Every time you sit on a horse and school him on the flat, you are doing dressage. Doing flatwork may seem boring at...
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