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Cueing your horse to canter (or lope, whichever term you prefer) can cause a bit of tension, especially if your horse has a history of kicking out, bucking or refusing to move forward. How can you get a perfect canter...
Equitation on the flat is a chance for you to show the judge just how effectively you ride. The goal of the class is to use invisible aids to show off all three of your horse’s gaits, in both...
Getting to know the Paso Fino starts with a little language lesson. In Spanish, paso means walk, and fino means fine. The Paso Fino is literally the horse with the fine walk! Paso Finos can walk, trot and canter like...
"I certainly dreamed of riding as a career—what girl doesn’t dream of going to the Olympics!” says Amy Cairy. Amy isn’t an Olympic rider, but her work helps to support Olympic-level horses: She’s the marketing manager for horse products made...
Q: How can you tell if a horse is healthy before you buy it? A: When a buyer is considering purchasing a new horse, often the veterinarian is called out to perform a pre-purchase examination (PPE). The goal of the...
As a horse-crazy kid, you’ve probably been asking your parents for a horse as long as you can remember. And they finally said yes! You are excited for a horse of your own, but where do you start? Follow our...
Before devoting yourself to a full-time search for your first horse, answer these questions honestly to determine if you'll be able to give a horse a safe and happy home. Have you been taking riding lessons for at least...
There are so many things to think about when you’re riding. Is my position correct? Is my horse moving right? But one big factor influencing your horse’s way of going that you may never have thought about is saddle...
Imagine galloping across an open field on an energetic horse, taking your hands off the reins and guiding him with just a shift of your leg and bodyweight. Next, imagine taking your bow and arrow, and—still at a full...
Originally posted on October 14, 2005 Even though horses are big, strong animals, their legs are surprisingly delicate. The muscles and tendons that make up the legs can get injured quite easily. Your horse might stumble and cut his front...
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