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The concept of impulsion was briefly touched upon in my article on the Classical Training Pyramid. However, this vital building block of collection deserves a more in depth discussion. If you recall the classical training pyramid, impulsion — or schwung as it is referred to in the German classical tradition — falls on the fourth […]

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A strong topline is vital to any horse’s training. A strong topline helps ensure correct saddle fit, long term soundness, and overall ability to perform demanding physical tasks. Some people seem to think that building a strong topline requires all kinds of gadgets and complicated training programs. In reality, it is quite the opposite. Like […]

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1. The Fashionista Most of us can fall in this category at some point or another. This is the type of equestrian who has the matchy-matchy bug. Blue polos and yellow saddle pad? Never! Green saddle pad and purple turnout blanket? Absolutely not! Never mind the fact that they will never be on the horse […]

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Uses for the Counter Arc The counter arc is often used by trainers to correct a horse with a tendency to drop his shoulder. It is an especially important tool for disciplines such as barrel racing which require sharp turns at high speeds. Prerequisites collection shoulder control bend neck reining impulsion Before you begin teaching […]

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Have you ever wondered what qualities set the best riders and trainers apart from the rest? Unfortunately there is no magic formula, however, there are some common habits that highly effective riders have which we can all learn from. Here are 10 habits that every rider should develop. 1. Patience The number one habit every […]

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We’ve already discussed the common types of boarding available in many areas, but choosing what type of boarding is best for your horse is only the beginning of the process. You shouldn’t just go find the nearest boarding barn that offers your preferred type of boarding and move in. Vetting a boarding barn is a […]

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Being a first time horse owner can be a bit intimidating. The process of just finding the right horse to buy is hard enough, but if you don’t have anywhere to keep the horse at home, you need to find somewhere to board. This is another nightmare in itself. Here is a quick breakdown of […]

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Riding inside leg to outside rein is one of the foundation exercises of classical dressage. Really, it should be the foundation for any discipline. It is a vital component that is a prerequisite for everything else you will learn in dressage. So, what is this inside leg to outside rein madness? How does it actually […]

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You’ve probably heard about pressure and release training at some point. It’s become all the rage with this “natural horsemanship” movement. However, this is a very misunderstood method of training. The common understanding of pressure and release training puts the emphasis on applying pressure and rewarding with a release. In fact, the most effective application […]

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Here are a few common horse myths that you’ve probably heard before and might believe, all of which are untrue. Horse Myth 1: All horses need grain or some type of concentrate This right here is laminitis waiting to happen. Not all horses need concentrates. If your horse is holding their weight and maintaining their […]

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