Riding Tree: Following the Motion

Our goal as we move up the riding tree is to develop an independent seat so that we can influence the horse. An independent seat means that you are not relying on anything but balance to hold you on the horse. You useOur goal as we move up the riding tree is to develop an independent seat so that we can influence the horse. An independent seat means that you are not relying on anything but balance to hold you on the horse. You use

Mare lunges out on roll backs and straights

I have been riding my Quarter Horse mare for about 1 and a half years. We have a special bond except when it comes to speed. She is about 25 and lunges out on roll backs and straight-a-ways. It takes all my effort to slow her down and still keep her at a moderate pace. The funny thing is, she only ...I have been riding my Quarter Horse mare for about 1 and a half years. We have a special bond except when it comes to speed. She is about 25 and lunges out on roll backs and straight-a-ways. It...

Horse Training … the Straight Talk

It's a little of the old West whipped up with a whole lot of today's materialism and power. Well-known trainers pull up to the shows in the finest rigs, ride the best-bred, high-dollar horses and are treated to expensive dinners by customers who own strings of franchises or inherited fortunes. These accomplished riders have won more saddles than they remember. Buckles are just part of the ceremony.

In Plain English: Back to basic riding and showing issues for amateur riders

Whether you're riding a hunter, a jumper, or an event horse, you need to be in control. If you can't regulate your horse's pace while on course, it's nearly impossible to find a correct take-off spot. Some naughty horses start the course at a reasonable speed, but by the end they look and feel like a locomotive. Let's examine this bad habit.Whether you're riding a hunter, a jumper, or an event horse, you need to be in control. If you can't regulate your horse's pace while on course, it's nearly...

Barrel racing … two questions.

Just started to barrel race and I think I am coming out of the turns to fast. When are you suposed to let them out of the turn and what do you do if your horse won't stop running when you want him to?Just started to barrel race and I think I am coming out of the turns to fast. When are you suposed to let them out of the turn and what do you do if your horse won't stop running when you want him to?

Reconditioning? Take it slow.

My name is Laura Francis, and I am currently preparing to start to bring my 16.1 thoroughbred gelding "Spider" back in to work for a three day event competition in four months time.Spider has been off work for about six months, due to school exams which prevented me from working him every day, so is really only "grass" fit.

leg-yield

Improving Leg Yields for Your Horse

by Jane Savoie People often tell me that their horses leg yield very well as far as going sideways is concerned, but they tend to toss their heads and show resistance to the reins. In desperation, some riders even use a tie down to put pressure on the nose to discourage their horses from yanking at the reins.

Loping too fast

I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to slow down a lope. When my Arab goes into the lope he is too fast for me. He loves to run but I would like to go at a slower pace than he does.I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to slow down a lope. When my Arab goes into the lope he is too fast for me. He loves to run but I would like to go at a slower pace than he does.