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A Year of Firsts: Introducing the Saddle with Josh Nichol

When working with horses, whether yours is young or a seasoned veteran, you will face many training milestones. From your horse's first ride, to his initial trip away from home, you will have to prepare for countless new challenges. Developing a training strategy to help both of you succeed through it all can sometimes be overwhelming. This new series, with trainer and clinician Josh Nichol, is designed to guide you through an entire year of first experiences. Here, Nichol begins by explaining how to effectively introduce the saddle. The following techniques apply equally to veterans who struggle when tacking up. To help work through the following exercises, Nichol recommends using a soft rope halter, a 12-foot lead rope and a flag. Craft your own flag by attaching a plastic bag to a crop or dressage whip. Slice the bag into a few strips and you will be ready to begin. "Keep…

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