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Young Rider

Have you dreamed of riding Pegasus as he soars through the air? Flying over jumps aboard your favorite horse gives you nearly the same feeling. Yet jumping is a specialized equestrian sport. In order to jump successfully—and safely—you and...
Q: I have a 7-year-old pony named Timmy. One problem I often face is not having enough time for riding some days, so I longe Timmy a lot. He does very well on a longeline, but it can get...
Getting your pony’s diet right is one of the most important parts of horse care. What he eats affects his health and how well he performs under saddle. By understanding the best diet for your horse, you can help...
Haflinger horse being shown in-hand

Happiness is a Haflinger

Versatility is important these days. Equestrians want to try many riding activities, and they need the right horse. Each breed is backed by a history of being bred to do either a specific task or a variety of them. When...
Knowing how to balance correctly on your seat bones can be tough for new or inexperienced riders, but it’s important to learn. As the old rhyme goes, the seat bone’s connected to the leg bone; the leg bone cues...
Every rider should strive to have soft, giving hands. As a result, your horse will have a soft mouth. Establishing correct contact will help develop your horse’s topline and make him more supple. Learning correct contact takes concentration and patience,...
Showmanship class requires you and your horse to work as a team. While leading your horse through the pattern is important, the inspection is a major factor in placing. During the inspection, the judge evaluates your horse based on...
You’ve decided to go to a dressage show. Now it’s time to start preparing! Your first step is learning the test. There are also a few other things you can do to prepare yourself to get the best score...
When you think of what it means to groom your horse, you probably picture a hoof pick, some brushes and maybe a coat conditioner. When it comes to “grooming” in the horse industry, the job is so much bigger. Emma...
Q: My horse walks off when I try to mount from the mounting block. How can I teach him to stand still? A: Not standing still at the mounting block is a safety issue—as well as just plain annoying! Teaching...
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