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Reflections of a Horse-Crazy Girl Turning 50

When I look back on the first five decades of my life there is a distinctive joy that is present in every single one: Horses. My addiction started when I was little more than a toddler and my parents hoisted me onto the back of a friend's horse. I smell

Learn How to Do the Emergency Dismount

Learn how to do the emergency dismount to stay out of harm's way when bareback riding.

It's more than riding lessons and barn chores: Riding together is just one of the ways parents can help their kids have fun with horses. | Photo by Darrell Dodds

Maximizing Your Child's Fun with Horses

A childhood with horses is more than learning to ride and gaining responsibility--it's also fun! Here are some tips for adding a little horseplay to your child's life.

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Hone Your Sense of Timing

If your timing is off, your horse will not make a clear connection between a particular pressure or corridor of pressures and the response you expect from him.

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Advice for Dressage Riders New to Showing

Details for riders who are new to showing in the dressage arena. Written by Jayne Ayers.

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The Mustang Troop

It was a wild idea - letting Lexington inner-city kids work with wild mustangs. Many said it wouldn't work, but thanks to the efforts of caring people and the simple magic of kid-meets-horse, the program is a wonderful success story. Written by Dale Leatherman for EquiSearch.

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A Novice Rider's Dressage Adventure

Ignorance was bliss for a novice rider who began learning about dressage the hard way.

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Buying Your First Horse

Choosing the right horse is an important start to horse ownership.

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Taking Riding Lessons

From what to wear, to finding a reputable instructor, there's a lot to think about when you want to learn about horseback riding. Written by Jayne Pedigo for EquiSearch.

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Activities in English and Western Riding

Western and english riders have a variety of mounted activities from which to choose.

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English Versus Western Riding - Which is Easier?

Is western riding easier than english riding?

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English Versus Western Riding - What's the Difference?

Many people thinking about learning to ride ask about the differences between English and Western riding.

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Model Horses

Collecting model horses is popular with horse lovers of all ages. Written by Jayne Pedigo for EquiSearch.

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Horseless Horse Fun

Horseless Horse Fun - some ways that you can enjoy horses without the expense of actually owning one. Written by Jayne Pedigo for EquiSearch.

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Readers Write: Rushing at Jumps

Members of the Horses Discussion Forums share their suggestions for discouraging a horse from rushing at jumps.

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Readers Write: Posting Trot

Members of the Horses Discussion Forums share their suggestions for a better and more balanced posting, or rising trot.

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Readers Write: Heels Down

Members of the EquiSearch Discussion Forums share their suggestions for learning to keep the heels down over jumps.

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Pony Club Links

Links to a selection of Pony Clubs around the world.

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Riding Bareback Pt 3 - Canter On

Riding bareback - The canter can be even easier than the trot when riding bareback.

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Riding Bareback Pt 2 - On the Move

Riding Bareback - once you've got your position at a standstill, the next challenge to riding bareback is to start moving.

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Riding Bareback Pt 1

I've never been particularly comfortable riding bareback, but events combined in recent weeks to encourage me to try riding my horse bareback for the first time in about eight years.

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Leasing a Horse

Some guidelines to help you if you are considering leasing a horse. Written by Jayne Pedigo for EquiSearch.

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Summer Activities For Riding Clubs

These activities will keep your Riding Club or Pony Club busy throughout the summer months. Written by Jayne Pedigo for EquiSearch.

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Green Horse - Inexperienced Rider: Recipe for Disaster?

Should inexperienced riders buy young, green horses or is that just an accident waiting to happen? Written by Jayne Pedigo for EquiSearch.