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Gallop into the New Year: Setting Goals for 2024

Gallop into the New Year: Setting Goals for 2024

Let's delve into some inspiring New Year's goals that will boost your riding experience and foster a thriving connection between you and your equine companion in 2024.
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You and Your Horse: Building a Relationship Through Horse Groundwork

You and Your Horse: Building a Relationship Through Horse Groundwork

Groundwork exercises for horses can help you establish effective communication with your equine partner. You’ll discover that groundwork exercises help you and your horse develop a deeper level of trust. This trust can strengthen your relationship and connection with your horse and, in turn, elevate your riding.
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Sweat Patterns

Saddle Fit and Sweat Patterns: How are They Related?

Let’s take a look at sweat patterns and what they may be telling you about your horse’s saddle fit. You can glean valuable information about how your horse’s back is interacting with the saddle by regularly checking sweat patterns after rides.
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An Issue of Trust

An Issue of Trust

In 2021 I competed at Road to the Horse, which was actually held in Texas instead of its typical location in Lexington, Kentucky due to the Covid outbreak. For the competition, I chose a 6666 Ranch red roan colt, which I later named Dandy. After the 2021 competition, I then got the opportunity to purchase Dandy and have continued his training at home. This month I wanted to share an exercise for consideration in your colt starting program at home.
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Teaching a Horse to Tie

Teaching a young horse to tie from the start of halter breaking is easiest, but an older horse may also benefit from starting at the basics of learning to tie. Learning to tie successfully will play a huge roll in a horse’s life and impact how they handle a wide variety of situations.
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Stacy Westfall's 7 Tips for Saddle Fit

Stacy Westfall's 7 Tips for Saddle Fit

Wondering if you have the right saddle for your horse? Here are Stacy Westfall’s 7 tips for checking proper saddle fit:
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Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Breaks Membership Record Again

Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Breaks Membership Record Again

Now in its 18th year, the IEA has nearly 14,500 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines.
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Success in the Saddle: Finding Success at the Lope

Success in the Saddle: Finding Success at the Lope

Do you find loping to be a difficult and daunting part of your ride? Oftentimes loping, or cantering, your horse can be found intimidating. But it shouldn’t be!
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Time to Ride® Now Accepting 2020 Applications

Time to Ride® Now Accepting 2020 Applications

Grow your lesson program with free marketing support and more!
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Success in the Saddle: Ponying Horses

Success in the Saddle: Ponying Horses

When it comes to working with our horses and building up their confidence, ponying can be a great way to work toward those goals. From leading a pack horse with a job to do, to simply getting a young horse more experience and handle, ponying is a great way to help in our horsemanship journey.
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"Circle-S": Training Tip for Softening

"Circle-S": Training Tip for Softening

Whether you are starting your horse under saddle for the first time, or re-training an older horse with bad habits, teaching your horse to soften to the bit is a foundation exercise that you will use to build up to all other aspects of your training.
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Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

For three decades I’ve been in the business of sharing insights and principles of horsemanship. These guiding principles help me as I help horses be the best they can be. I also compete in the National Reined Cow Horse Association. Like everyone else, when I compete, I want to win.
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