The “Bad” Trail Horse

Time and a New Approach Might be the Solution By Jill Holdal with Julie Lewis-Schot   First, what makes a good trail horse? Some horses love trails and hate arena work. Some horses hate trails and love the arena. The latter are going to take more time to train for …

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When Lack of Control Takes a Toll

Problems on the Trail Indicate a Hole in Basic Training By Jill Holdal and Julie Lewis-Schot   Trail riding gives us the opportunity to take in the fresh air, sounds of nature, and beautiful scenery while we bond with our horses. But if you don’t feel you have control over …

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The Down and Dirty on Riding Downhill

Balance for Horse and Rider is Key By Jill Holdal with Julie Lewis-Schot     The thought of riding downhill strikes fear into many riders. Steep terrain can be intimidating when the horse and rider are unprepared. Training is important, but properly fitted tack should be the first place to …

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Spare My Knees, Please!

February 2018

Train for Narrow Places on the Trail by Jill Holdal with Julie Lewis Schot   It’s common to encounter knee-knocking narrow points on the trail. If your horse rams your legs into trees, rushes through tight spots, or simply refuses them, your safety may be at risk. Trainer Jill Holdal …

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