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5 Tips to Slow a Fast Horse & Control the Walk, Trot, or Canter Pace

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 taught to trot or even lope as slow as other horses walk! The speed of each gait depends on many factors- just like …

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How to do a Sitting Trot: Exercises to Improve

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 dressage …

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Horseback Riding Saddle Sores: Healing & Preventing

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.   What are saddle sores and how do riders get them? Minor saddle sores are part of …

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Riding the Canter: Tips To Cue, Relax, Correct, and Enjoy

  The canter can be a hard gait to learn, and the speed that accompanies the gait can bring anxiety for many beginning riders. In this article, we’ll talk about: cuing your horse to canter relaxing as you transition into the canter sitting correctly in the saddle so you feel secure and connected how to know …

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