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Safer Ponies, Safer Kids

Developing ponies and their riders through groundwork, problem-solving and bonding exercises for more successful relationships....

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8 Great Four-Pole Exercises

Only have four poles or jumps? No worries. Try these simple exercises at home – especially practical in small arenas or for breaking up the boring indoor winter routine....

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How to Teach a Winning Stop

Lindsay Grice explains how to perfect the halt....

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Jump into Dressage

Whether at a show or just to break up the monotony of a long winter indoors, this mix of dressage and jumping can be a refreshing and challenging addition to your training program....

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Introducing the Trot Zig-Zag with Shannon Dueck

First introduced at fourth level, the counter change of hand in trot, or zig-zag, is one of the more difficult exercises in the trot work. The horse must not only be laterally supple in both directions, but he must also be straight and on the aids in...

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Reliable Canter-Trot Transitions with Shannon Dueck

The transition from canter to trot is one of the only movements that is in both the training level test 1 and the grand prix test. ...

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Preparing Babies for the Show Ring with Prue Richardson

To watch weanlings and yearlings compete on the line at the biggest breeding events in North America is to witness a superb display of manners that puts many seasoned show horses to shame. These babies are the product of a training and handling syste...

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Demystifying the Half-Halt

Leah Wilkins helps clear up some misconceptions surrounding the half-halt....

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It Starts with Trust, Obedience and Respect

Meet Carlos Tabernaberri, whose approach to horsemanship will help you become the kind of leader your horse wants to follow....

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Last-Jump-itis

Leaving all the sticks up is in large part a mental game, especially at the final fence. Top young jumper rider Kara Chad explains why “last jump-itis” happens so often, and how to prevent it....

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