May I ask what you mean when you say "there is an art in a bosal's use?" Are there any important specifics to know when using one? Does a hackamore or a bosal have more control? Your response is very much appreciated, thank you!
Cavalletti (it's Italian for "little horses") are a familiar piece of equipment for anyone who rides English. A cavalletto (the singular form) functions as a hybrid between a trotting pole and an actual jump. It usually takes the form of a 10 or 12-foot pole, bolted on either end to a wooden X. Depending on whether you turn the cavalletto so that the pole is suspended underneath the X, to the side of the X, or on top, you get three different heights with which to challenge your horse.
Does your horse resist your rein aids? Or does he hesitate before turning? Do you have sore hands, shoulders or arms after you ride? Do you feel like you have to pull your horse around more than you would like to? Do you think you have kinds hands but your horse still objects to your contact? The answer to these problems may be in what you consider soft hands compared to how it feels to your horse.
Attitude is a choice. You don't have to have a bad day. Here are 3 simple ways to insure that every ride you have with your horse is a great one! Want to know how to have a great ride everyday? Stop expecting.
Question from a rider:
I'm trying to figure out how to teach my horse to spin, what is the easiest way to get them started? I've been having trouble with them wanting to suck back and hop with their front end and not staying on their inside pivot foot.
Steve Kutie's reply:
I'm sure that everyone has seen a reining horse spinning like a top and thought "How did they teach them to do that"? To be truthful the spin is really simple and easy to teach if you follow a few simple steps.
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.
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.
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.
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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