Articles - Training

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Please Like Me

A horse learns to trust you based on your relationship together. A horse learns to like you through your communication and leadership.

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Thinking Outside the Box with Steve Rother

In part one of his series on developing an all-around horse, trainer Steve Rother challenges riders to think outside the box.

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Lunging with Feel

Anne Gage explains that when done correctly, lunging can improve posture, suppleness and balance.

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Exercises for Teaching Your Horse How to Neck Rein

Trainer Jason Irwin shares exercises and tips for teaching your horse how to neck rein. Use these progressive steps to move to one-handed steering.

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Perfecting The Rein-Back

When your mounted horse is backing calmly and well, his legs will be working together in diagonal pairs, his head and neck will be somewhat extended, his mouth will be closed, and his movements will be smooth, straight, and relaxed.

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Get Balanced: Riding Without Stirrups

Good riders not only have soft, quiet hands, they also have soft, quiet legs. These qualities come from an independent seat – the foundation of balance.

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Lungeing Part 1: The Basics

The weather is terrible. You're recovering from an injury. Or maybe you're bored with riding around and around the same old arena. What do you do when you can't (or don't want to) ride your horse, but he still needs some quality exercise?

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How to Ride Correctly and Effectively from Your Seat

Lesley Grant-Law on the correct and effective use of the seat with Christilot Boylen (dressage), George Morris (hunter/jumper) and Leslie Law (eventing).

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How to Get Your Horse to Slow Down Going Up Hills

It’s common for horses to rush up hills because it takes less work than walking up the hill at a steady pace. How can you break the habit?