Education Articles

GENERAL

Supple Your Stiff Horse

There are lots of exercises you can do to supple a stiff horse. But one of my favorites is one I call “+7/+1″. Here are the aids to supple your horse with that exercise. THE ACTIVE AIDS The Inside Rein The action of the …

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What’s the Difference Between Jaw and Poll Flexion?

A lot of riders aren’t clear on the difference between flexion at the jaw and flexion at the poll, and how to ask for each of these positions. Keep in mind that a horse can flex three ways–to the left, to the right, and …

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Can You Pat Your Head and Rub Your Stomach? Putting Your Horse on the Bit

Putting your dressage horse on the bit is really as simple as patting your head and rubbing your stomach. As long as you know the ingredients that make up the aid that puts your horse on the bit, you can connect him. And the great news is that …

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Tips For Riding in Balance With Your Horse

Many riders lean behind the vertical (especially in trot extensions!) because they think they’re driving their horses more forward. The problem with leaning back, however, is that you’ll end up pushing your horse’s back down. …

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Better Free Walks and Trot and Canter Lengthenings

If your horse doesn’t march with good energy in your free walk or fades too early in your trot and canter lengthenings, try “breathing” your legs during the movement. To “breathe” your legs: Take …

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Tips to Help You Feel Your Horse's Hind Legs

Can you feel when your horse's hind legs are on the ground? This is an important skill to develop because you want to time your leg aids so that you give them when your horse's hind leg is on the ground ...specifically just as it's …

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Are You Making This Deadly Mistake To Get Your Dressage Horse On the Bit?

Do you saw left and right on your dressage horse’s mouth to get him “on the bit”?  If you “saw” on your horse’s mouth by alternating squeezing and releasing with your hands, you’re riding …

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Does Your Dressage Horse Cross His Legs Enough In Leg Yields?

When you do leg yields from the centerline to the long side as you do in the First Level dressage tests, it’s not always easy to make sure that your horse is crossing his legs enough. That’s because as long as you manage to get from …

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Tips To Supple Your Dressage Horse’s Poll

If your dressage horse is supple at his poll, you should be able to flex him laterally to the left and right. If you’re not sure if he’s locked at the poll, ask yourself some questions: Will he easily flex to the left or right …

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Pick Up the Correct Canter Lead

PICK UP THE CORRECT CANTER LEAD EVERY TIME! I asked readers to send me their training questions and was deluged with questions about people who have trouble picking up one of their canter leads... Here are some tips and exercises to help you …

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Put Your Horse On the Bit

No matter where I travel, the most frequently asked questions I get are, "How do I put my horse on the bit...and how do I keep him there consistently?" This concept baffles many riders. My hope here is to simplify the process for you …

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Correct Aid for Canter Depart

Jane Savoie is asked questions about riding all the time and this reader wanted to know where to place her leg for the canter depart, and when to release the aide.  Swing your outside leg back ONCE, and then bring it back to it's …

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EDUCATIONAL ARTICLES

Eventers Educational & Informative Links

Click the link below for information on Eventing

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Protecting Water Quality

Good water quality is important for humans, wildlife, agriculture, and the environment. In order to perform for us and more importantly, to be healthy, horses require good water quality. Stream bank fencing and riparian …

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Arena Etiquette

For Competition Warm-Up and “Just at Home” 1. Pass left shoulder (hand) to left shoulder. 2. When walking, stay well to the inside of the track, so that those who are working may make use of it. Also, if you are going to halt, …

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Jim Woffard on Safe Cross Country Riding

Why are event horses falling and, sometimes, dying? Olympian Jim Wofford suggests some answers in this Practical Horseman online exclusive. By Jim Wofford May 14, 2008 -- Jackson Browne says "I've been …

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Dress for Dressage

Whether you are going to a rally, headed to Championship or going to a dressage competition outside of Pony Club knowing what is the correct clothes to wear is important. Knowing what the correct dress code for pony club is important for a few …

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HORSE MANAGEMENT ARTICLES

Horse Management and the Real World

“Everything we do with horses, every rule we follow, is ultimately for the good of the horse.Mucking out a stall, picking out the feet, body clipping, keeping our heels down doing a shoulder-in, trotting a crossrail, or jumping a bending …

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