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Tack and Equipment - English

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Differences Between English & Western Horseback Riding

One of the most common questions new riders ask about horseback riding is about the difference between English and Western riding. Most of the images of horses we have been shown in the Western Hemisphere in the past few centuries has reduced the many styles of riding down to these two: English riding (represented today …

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How to Use a Bridle with Full Cheek Snaffle Bit & Keepers

  Full cheek snaffle bits are popular in both English and Western riding. They are allowed and legal for most horse sports including the AQHA and USDF dressage competition (the latter being one of the most dit-restrictive horse show organizations). In 2009 I had the opportunity to visit a stable in Germany where the Olympian …

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Pelham Bit – Dressage & Beyond

A Pelham bit is a horse bit that functions as both a snaffle bit or a curb bit, depending on how it is used. A Pelham bit is essentially a plain dressage-legal snaffle bit, but with an second rein connected to the bit at the end of a short shank. This shank, which creates curb action, …

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