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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Do You Have A Really Sensitive Horse?

Professional cutting horse trainer Phil Rapp shares his story of winning this year’s National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes with Dennis Moreland Tack.

Phil Rapp stopped in my shop yesterday to tell me that he had used one of my bits to pilot Dont Stopp Believin to the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Co-Championship. Phil said, “Dont Stopp Believin is so light in the face. I was riding him in a short shanked bit with a low port in the go-rounds at this year’s Super Stakes, but he needed something even milder.

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How Do I Know When My Horse's Knees Are Ready to Bear Weight?

I have a 18 month old stud colt, that I've raised since he was 4 hours old. I'm with him everyday and play with him everyday. He goes to horse shows, he goes on trail rides, and everything else possible.  He's getting pretty big now, and I was just wondering, when can I tell when his knees are formed correctly, or whatever it is, that has to be right with his front legs?

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Teaching a Horse Ground Manners

I was asked by an owner training a 2-year old mare, "What do I do and how do I teach her good ground manners?" There are two reasons why you want ground manners: 1. You want to be an effective leader and gain respect from your horse. 2. You want to use this stage to develop transitional cues to help with your introduction to saddle work in the near future. 

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