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The Solution To Your Riding Issues with Josh Nichol

Have you ever wondered why some of the world’s top equestrians often use a lot more equipment than just a saddle and a simple snaffle? Whether it’s at the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games or even a local event, you will notice a great number of horses outfitted with intricate bits, martingales and their tie-down cousins.  Are these extras really necessary for a winning ride? Many of us tend to follow the example of upper-level riders and dash to the nearest tack shop at the first sign of training issues.  Whatever the problem, we are often taught that all can be remedied with a simple upgrade to our horse’s gear. In reality, we are simply compounding issues, while learning to ride multiple layers of resistance. For example, when a horse chronically pushes through our hands, a common reaction is to purchase a slightly harsher bit. If a horse can’t quite…

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