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

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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

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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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Media Barn: Book Review – Ride Better with Christoph Hess

Christoph Hess, a Fédération Equestre International (FEI) “I” Judge in both dressage and eventing, is highly respected around the world as a teacher of riding and the development of the horse according to classical principles. Here he collects some of his very best riding and training tips along with well-honed …

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