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Controlling Your Horse

March 2018

Many riders are struggling trying to determine what the correct rein contact is or should be. As riders, we don’t want to develop ‘hard hands’ and, therefore, many riders are often too scared to take up a contact at all. Here are some handy hints about contact and how to develop a sensitive connection to the bit... I see so many riders who ride with an open hand in the attempt to not hurt their horse. 

Back to Basics

April 2017

Angela Brown’s business is training: both horses and people. She didn’t begin her equestrian journey until she got her first horse at the age of 28 and perhaps entering the horse world as an adult gave her a fresh perspective. In Angela’s line of work, working with horses is as simple as two concepts: mastering the basics and staying safe.

Recognising Concussion

March 2016

Concussion in any sport is common and presents a significant public health issue, yet it remains poorly understood and is frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. So what do riders need to know? Recognizing concussion is the first step. 

It's All About Confidence

July 2015

Are you a nervous rider, a beginner or returning to riding after a break? Would you like to feel more confident in challenging situations, and find ways to manage nervousness and fear?

Tips for a better STOP

April 2014

The sliding stop has to be the most famous move of the reining horse.  If you Google ‘reining horse’, the majority of the images are of the stop. Many reining horses are natural stoppers. They have both the physical and mental aptitude to want to stop on their hindquarters.  Despite this, they all still need to be trained, and that’s what this article will address:  How to teach the beginnings of the sliding stop to the young horse.

Going on the Trail

October 2013

Trail riding on a regular basis gives you and your horse a break from the training routine and a chance to explore and enjoy the countryside. In this article, Lindsey Vincent explains that green horses need some time preparing before their first outing on the trail. In order to make the ride safer and more enjoyable for both, you need to take your time and let your horse build up some confidence.  

Punishment, does it have a place in training?

September 2013

The word alone carries a negative connotation with it, yet it is a widely used and misunderstood word. Unfortunately, there are some who believe punishment is a valid form of training horses. It is true that punishment can work; however, punishment does not teach an animal what to do. Instead, it inhibits behaviours.

Perfect Circles

July 2013

Circles should be the foundation of any good reining training program. They are the backbone of reining, so both the horse and the rider should work on creating even, “pretty,” and correct circles in and out of the show ring. How do you start?   Before starting young horses on circles, they need to learn how to walk straight lines, give to the bit, and move their hips and ribs off of leg aids. More seasoned horses should know how to maintain a proper circle on a loose rein, and the rider should only interfere if the horse starts to get off track. How to start 

Neck Reining

June 2013

“To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely. Any movement on his own must be considered a lack of control…” This statement is how the National Reining Horse Association defines a reining horse.  

The Spin

April 2013

The reining turn-around, or spin, is one of the most famous maneuvers of the reining horse. Riding a horse who has mastered the turn-around is quite the experience (and it can be quite dizzying the first time as well). The spin is characterized by the horse plotting its inside hind leg and stepping over with its front legs as fast as possible. It resembles a turn on the haunches; however, the spin is actually a very small, tight circle. When training first starts, the goal is to get the maneuver as correct as possible. Speed is the last part of the training process with the turn-around.


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