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No Excuses! Education and Training Progress Can Continue During a Pandemic

Does the pandemic have you feeling stuck in your riding? Do you long for some one-on-one feedback on your training? Do you have a training issue you can’t resolve and don’t know where to turn for help? If all the canceled clinics, lessons, shows, and fairs are getting you down, …

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Training Your Horse to Hate the Arena – Less Correction, More Direction

“Ride like nobody's watching.” Photo by Anna Blake

Does your horse go better out of the arena? It seems like some horses just won’t go forward and no amount of kicking and yelling work. Sometimes they’re gate sour: fast toward the gate but then getting away from the gate is a wrestling match. Horses who are great on …

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How to be Your Performance Horse’s Best Friend – Listen to Horses in Their Own Language

Photo courtesy of Anna Blake

The horse is relaxed and soft, volunteering his best answer to the rider’s quiet cues. Whether a competition horse or your trail horse, a sweet and successful partnership requires two-way conversations. Find a deeper connection with your horse by listening to his calming signals—the subtle body language horses use to …

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How to Take a Riding Lesson – Eight Ways to be a Good Student

Photo by Kim Roe

Many articles are written on how to find a good instructor. This article will focus on how to be a good student. Good instructors truly want to help their students learn. Instructors prepare lesson plans and bring their best into the arena. They want their students to succeed and have …

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Media Barn: 55 Corrective Exercises for Horses

Resolving Postural Problems, Improving Movement Patterns, and Preventing Injury By Jec Aristotle Ballou   Over time, horses (like people) acquire postural habits, compensate for soreness and injury, and develop poor movement patterns. This limits performance ability, causes unsoundness and health issues, and ultimately undermines the horse’s overall well-being. Jec Aristotle …

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