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Riding a Good Stretch Circle with Karen Pavicic

Karen Pavicic offers some advice and exercises to improve this important movement in lower-level tests....

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Top 5 Tips from Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte Dujardin points out some common rider mistakes, and how to fix them, to ensure more productive training sessions and improved test scores....

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How Can I Get My Horse to Stand Still for Mounting?

Trainer Anne Gage offers advice on teaching your horse to stand still for mounting....

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Ask the Judge: handy hunter options, judges’ comments and more

Randy Roy is a senior international judge, course designer and author. He owns and operates Hunters Glen Show Stable in King, ON, with his daughter, Ryan Roy....

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It’s All in the Timing

Struggling to get your horse to respond to your aids? The problem might not be what you're asking, but when. ...

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How to Set Your Horse’s Feet

Lindsay Grice gives advice for positioning your horse, quickly and consistently. ...

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Just Say “No” to Refusals

Jessica Phoenix shares her training system for instilling straightness and confidence in young or green horses, ensuring smooth sailing on the cross-country course....

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Catching Should be Easy

Carlos Tabernaberri explains why some horses are hard to catch and shares tips for making haltering a breeze....

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Technique or Torture? Riding without stirrups, with Jenn Serek

Riding without stirrups is one exercise that will significantly improve your riding ability. Avoided by many due to its tendency to make even the fittest athlete sweat and be sore the next day, it is one whose payoff is worth tenfold what you are wil...

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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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