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Tips on riding an Equitation Pattern

  The diagram below provides an important tip for equitation classes that many beginners learn the hard way – by performing the pattern incorrectly in the show ring. As this diagram shows, to correctly execute a figure 8 in an equitation class at a horse show, it is important to not ride the pattern in…

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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Definition of a Gelding Horse

One frequent question horse owners are asked by non-riders is “What is a gelding?” A  gelding is a horse that has “been gelded” – the equine equivalent of the “neutering” procedure performed routinely on dog and cats. A gelding horse is much calmer and easier to train than an ungelded stallion- who’s hormones can make them difficult…