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Tacking Up A Horse: What it Means & 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 & 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 bit-restrictive horse show organizations). In 2009 I had the opportunity to visit a stable in Germany where the Olympian Isabelle …

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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 a second rein connected to the bit at the end of a short shank. This shank, which creates curb action, …

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