Horseback Riding 101

5 Tips for control your horse's speed and pace at any gait

How to control the pace of your Horse’s Walk, Trot, or Canter with these 5 tips

How to control the pace of your horse’s gaits- speed up or slow down the walk, trot, or canter with these five tips Most horses have four main gaits: the walk, the trot, the canter (called a lope in Western riding), and the gallop. Within these gaits, horses have a huge variance- horses can be …

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How to Perform a Sitting Trot – Sitting Trot Tips for a Relaxed and Comfortable Dressage Trot

  Learning to sit the trot is something western rider must learn, and something most dressage riders dread! It’s the most difficult gait for most horseback riders to learn to ride, but our sitting trot tips are here to help. Below you’ll find a few easy exercises I picked up during training, competing, and teaching …

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How to improve your riding by listening to what your body is telling you about your seat

Healing & Preventing Saddle Sores from Horseback Riding

When people use the word saddle sores they might mean two different things: either sores that develop on riders due to sensitive skin being irritated during riding or sores that develop on a horses body underneath the saddle. This article will deal with this issue when it comes to riders, for information on dealing with …

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How to Tell When a Horse is “Collected” vs “Heavy on the Forehand” or “Strung Out”

Sometimes the technical terms and jargon used by horse owners and horseback riders can be confusing to beginners and those outside of the “horse world”. Recently, we’ve been exploring some of these concepts through a blog, and today we are going to talk about what it means to say a horse is “heavy on the …

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Is Dressage Unnatural? Dressage Movements at Liberty

  After competing in dressage for years, one statement I’ve heard occasionally- especially in the midwest- is that dressage is unnatural for horses. Proponents of this view feel that the way in which horses are “forced” to move during a dressage competition are not natural, and that such movements would never be performed by a …

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What is “Tacking Up” A Horse and How to Do It

The equestrian world has a countless amount of its own specific language, one of the most common confusing statements is “tacking up” and “untacking”. This phrase, common jargon of horse people and used across essentially all disciplines of riding, can be especially confusing. People who work around horses often have a bad habit of using …

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