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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Teaching Timing

This month I want to talk to riding instructors — people who teach other people to ride from the middle of the ring — as opposed to trainers who teach the horse. Whether your client is horse or human, a key ingredient in training or riding is timing. The skilled, …

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How to Start Your Horse on Cattle – Slow and Steady is the Best Strategy

Photo by Jessica Wisdom/Equilibrium Equestrian

Do you want to train your horse to work cows, but you’ve never worked cattle before? Maybe your horse is an off-the-track Thoroughbred or does dressage or western pleasure and has never seen a cow. Maybe he tends to be flighty. All that is okay, and you should be excited …

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Tips for Buying a Kid’s Horse – Youth Horses Need Special Qualities to be Suitable for the Job

Photo by Kenton Wright

So, it’s time to get that horse-crazy child of yours a four-legged creature affectionately known as a “pony”. How do you go about deciding what’s right for this next phase of life? What do you look for? As a father of a horse loving 7-year-old boy, I’ve had to answer …

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Basics of Balance

Establish Good Communication through Aids By Lynn Palm   It’s essential that horses are balanced to maximize athleticism. Balance can only be attained when your horse is driving himself forward from his hindquarters with his body straight. To get your horse to go forward you must have good communication with …

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