Riding Well Grounded – Water Obstacle

November 2014

One Step at a Time Through a Water Obstacle by Marilyn Pineda   Navigating a body of water—even if it’s only a puddle— very often results in the classic “I don’t want to” response from horses that have not yet developed confidence in their trail training. While it’s possible for …

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Riding Well Grounded – Succeeding at Obstacle Challenges

August 2014

The Secret to Succeeding at Obstacle Challenges by Marilyn Pineda   The Pacific Northwest riding season is here and opportunities in trail riding and obstacle challenge events such as what is offered by Equine Trail Sports (ETS) abound. You may not know that ETS events exist from the northern corners …

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Riding Well Grounded – Finishing the Side Pass from the Saddle

July 2014

by Marilyn Pineda   A few months ago I started sharing a series of ground training exercises and techniques to practice from the saddle that would provide the basic components of a nice side pass. This month we are going to bring everything together and put the side pass into …

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Riding Well Grounded – Side Passing from the Saddle

by Marilyn Pineda   We have been working on building blocks toward side passing in our Riding Well Grounded exercises on the ground with focus on bending in the neck, yielding to subtle pressure, moving the hindquarters from the ground and from the saddle and moving the front quarters.  This …

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Riding Well Grounded – Building Blocks for a Nice Side Pass

by Marilyn Pineda   One of my favorite accomplishments in horse training is being able to execute a nice side pass.  It demonstrates several basic ground training achievements: subtle bending in the neck; yielding to subtle pressure; moving the front quarters in both directions; moving the hindquarters in both directions; and …

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Riding Well Grounded – More Exercises to Help Build a Smooth Side Pass

More Exercises to Help Build a Smooth Side Pass by Marilyn Pineda   As mentioned in last month’s training article, executing a nice side pass with your horse demonstrates several things: bending in the neck, yielding to subtle pressure, moving the front quarters, moving the hindquarters and moving one step …

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