Transitioning from a Bit to Bitless

For many horse riders riding bitless is a scary idea. The common concerns are "I won't have any control without a bit", "I would never ride my horse without a bit, it's too dangerous", and "I'm scared that my horse will take off without a bit". Transitioning your horse from riding with a bit to bitless is relatively easy when you learn a few safety techniques that put you in control. No matter whether you ride English or Western, just a simple rope halter is all you need to get started.

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Don't Put Off 'til Tomorrow What Must be Done Today

Quite often owners bring their horses to me to be "fixed". Most of the time what needs to be fixed wouldn't be necessary if the problem had been addressed right when it first appeared. Horses are very much like kids - if you give them an inch they will take a mile. If you don't "nip it in the bud" it will blossom into uncontrollable behavior. It's not necessarily because they are bad (both kids and horses), but because they are looking for the right answer which, in turn, creates security.

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Hot Weather Training Requires Special Consideration

If you're one of the many who are dreading hot weather season and are contemplating hanging up your spurs until the weather changes, take heart. Dr. Kent Allen, United States Equestrian Team vet; Dr. Craig Chandler, Endurance riding check vet teach you all you need to know to make an informed decision about riding in hot weather.

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Trail Training You Can Believe In

Training your horses around other trained horses is much more effective than training them alone. By creating a positive learning environment that is harmonious, your horse will begin his first lessons in a way that will support his state of mind. This will put him at ease,Training your horses around other trained horses is much more effective than training them alone. By creating a positive learning environment that is harmonious, your horse will begin his first lessons in a way that will support his state of mind. This will put him at ease,

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Canter on the Correct Lead Every Time!

by Jane Savoie

It's not uncommon for riders to struggle getting their horses to pick up one of their canter leads. The following are some simple exercises to help you pick up the right lead everytime!

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On the Trail: The Need to Lead

Your horse revs his motor as though he's at the starting line of a race. He focuses ahead, chomps on the bit, jerks the reins, tosses his head, jigs and bucks. Paying no attention to you or the other horses, he shoves his way into the lead. Sound familiar? If your horse is the boss on the trail, you need to take control now, before someone gets hurt.

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Collection – What is it and why do we want it?

 by Bob Jeffreys & Suzanne Sheppard

Defined by Webster as “the act of gathering together”, this is a term often misunderstood in the horse world. Some refer to it as a “frame”, others see it as a head set, and some believe it is the act of compressing the horse into a shorter length.

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ACTHA’s New “In Hand Division” Inspired by Parelli Natural Horsemanship

In keeping with the American Competitive Trail Horse Association’s expanded mission of better horsemanship and improved educational opportunities for their participants, they are pleased to announce their new In Hand Division in Arena Obstacle Challenges (AOC’s), inspired by a partnership with Pat and Linda Parelli. 

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Riding the Gaited Horse

The more I train the trail-gaited horse, the more I am convinced that his heart and soul is in his mouth, and the gait is in his top line. The old-timers used to say, "the higher the horse's head, the less brains and the lower the horse's head, the more brains." Let's put a different spin on this and also say that, "The higher the horse's head, the less gait, and the lower the horse's head, the more gait. "

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Riding With Soft Hands

by Jane Savoie  

www.janesavoie.com

Riding with soft hands is an awesome goal, and your horse will thank you for it. In this training tip, I'm going to give you both some simple physical exercises and also some fun mental exercises to help you achieve this goal.

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