Training a horse to neck rain is a simple series of training exercises that any rider can teach their horse

How To Teach a Horse to Neck Rein

  What is Neck Reining? There are many ways to cue your horse when riding. One of the most popular ways, unique to the Western style of riding developed in the United States, is called neck reining. Neck reining is in some ways the “opposite” of what is called direct rein riding. In direct-rein riding,…

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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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How to Use a Bridle with Full Cheek Snaffle Bit and 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…

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

A Pelham bit is a horse bit that functions as both a snaffle bit or a curb bit,┬ádepending 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,…