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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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Self-Carriage: Flexing the Poll is a Key to Good Balance

Part 3 of Josh Nichol’s series on achieving self-carriage looks at how flexion at the horse’s poll is the key to balance and softness.

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Stop Your Horse From Snacking While Trail Riding

Does your horse constantly sneak bites of greenery along the trail while you’re riding? Get tips on how to put a stop to this bad habit.

By: Anne Gage
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Teach Your Horse to Cross a Bridge with Confidence

Train your horse to confidently cross a bridge at home, starting by exposing them to a variety of scary things like plywood, a tarp, stall mat, or puddle.

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How to Ride Your Horse Down a Steep Trail Safely

Trainer Jason Irwin offers tips for teaching your horse how to travel carefully down a steep trail, slow and steady to keep you both safe.

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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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Noseband Science: How Tight is Too Tight for Your Horse?

The rules on how tight a horse’s noseband should be in equestrian sports are unclear, but research is showing that they need to be loosened.

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Stride Control for Show Jumpers with Erynn Ballard

Canadian show jumper Erynn Ballard is a master at stride control, and making the time allowed while keeping all the fences up.

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Starting Two-Year-Old Racehorses with Reade Baker

Trainer Reade Baker says the key to training two-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses is to be slow and cautious so you build a great foundation.

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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?