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Developing Straightness with Josh Nichol

Horses are notorious for being a little crooked. The proof is that a myriad of books have been written on how to improve straightness in our horses. Once you factor in the natural crookedness that we as riders bring to the saddle, it’s a wonder any of us are able to travel from one precise point directly to another while on horseback. In this article, trainer and clinician Josh Nichol offers some training suggestions on how to improve straightness while in the saddle. Mind First “Horses are very honest creatures,” begins Nichol. “The truth is that a horse’s body simply wants to be where his mind is. It’s generally that simple.” When a horse drifts towards the entrance of an arena or shows some signs of not wanting to follow the same path as you while out on the trail, it is often a sign that the body is desperate…

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