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Dressage Between the Jumps The Secret to Improving Your Horse’s Performance Over Fences

Jane Savoie’s books have changed the way people ride. She was the first to promote mental training tools and techniques as integral to competitive riding success. Her cross-training concepts for the horse—how to use dressage fundamentals for every equestrian sport—have been called “a must read for every hunter-jumper rider” by George Morris, …

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Idaho Horse Council and BSU Conduct Survey – Findings will Help Idaho Horse Council Better Serve Equestrians

The Idaho Horse Council and The Idaho Horse Board are conducting an online survey to estimate the number of equines, various breeds, horse activity, and the economic impact horses have in Idaho. This survey is being conducted with assistance from Boise State University’s Division of Research and Economic Development.  This study has …

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2020 All American Quarter Horse Congress Has Been Cancelled

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Quarter Horse Association regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2020 All American Quarter Horse Congress, scheduled for September 29 – October 25. The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic simply prevents safely moving forward in Columbus, Ohio. The well-being of our workers, exhibitors and attendees is …

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Choose the Best Boarding Facility – Make a Wish List and Prioritize Management Practices

Photo by Michael Hipp

One of the things that surprised me when I moved to Western Washington from the High Plains was how many people board their horses. With housing and land values so high, unless you have a six-figure plus income, it’s almost impossible to afford enough land to keep a horse (or …

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Arena Footing Considerations – Advice from an Arena Contractor

An arena built and maintained by Murray Gudmundson Jr Construction Inc. Photo by Jackie Gudmundson

When I moved to Washington in 2000, we were fortunate to buy a property that already had a barn and an all-weather 100 x 200-foot outdoor arena. I prefer riding outside, but at our new property, I made the decision to build a covered arena in the future. For now, …

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What to Do When Your Horse is Wrong – Affirmative Training Shapes Behavior

Training is directing your horse toward something he doesn’t know. Photo by Anna Blake

It started the way it usually starts. Either the horse looked to the side or the rider pulled on her horse’s face. It’s the fundamental disagreement; the rider thinks it’s her right to control the horse and the horse doesn’t like having metal jammed on his jawbone. A common miscommunication, …

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Resilience Required – For Trainers, it’s an Essential Trait

Photo by Sage Burgess

When we enter into a relationship with a horse, one of the most important skills to develop is resiliency. If we stick with horses and horse sport long enough, we’ll inevitably be faced with all matter of adversity. It’s profoundly important to find the mettle and perspective to deal with …

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A Partnership is Born – Allison Trimble Paparoa and Blake Westhoff are Dedicated to Helping Horse People

Photo by Taryn Leech Photography

Blake Westhoff met Allison Trimble Paparoa more than a dozen years ago. He was 19 years old and hadn’t been exposed to the professional horse industry. Fortunately, Allison was looking for someone to clean stalls, so Blake’s inability to pick up the correct lead wasn’t of concern. Allison was already …

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The Oregon Horse Council Launches New Website with Improved Features

After 10 years, the Oregon Horse Council is excited to release an all new website.  The site is designed to be flexible, mobile-friendly, and able to grow with the organization to meet the needs of the users.   “OHC serves all equestrians state-wide, and beyond, and our website is the …

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Oregon Horse Council Seeks Oregon Equine Business Feedback in COVID-19 Survey

The Oregon Horse Council, as well as other state councils across the nation, are trying to determine the concerns, needs, and challenges of our equine business community at this time.   THE SURVEY IS OPEN TO ONLY EQUINE BUSINESSES WHO RESIDE IN OREGON. This brief survey is primarily multiple choice selections, …

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