Training

The stronger your base of support is, the straighter you’ll be able to carry your upper body and the softer and steadier you can be in your hands. Here, West Point Cadet Matilda Brady’s good lower-leg position is supporting her quiet upper body and hands—even without stirrups. The proof is in 26-year-old Thoroughbred/warmblood-cross Aberdeen’s relaxed, content expression.

All About That Base!

Improve your performance by strengthening your base of support.

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Tackling the ‘Hunter Puissance’

Some of the nation’s top riders faced down barnyard critters,125 tons of sand and a massive wall during the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.

The key to riding after your horse recovers from an injury: Don’t rush! If he doesn’t seem ready to move on to more challenging work at a set benchmark, give him time rather than moving forward in his rehab.

Rehab Done Right

Trainer Carol Metcalf provides strategic tips to help a reader safely and successfully recondition her horse for work after a long layup.

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Thrifty Summer Fun

Enjoy your horses this summer, while keeping an eye on your budget.

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Drop the Stirrups

A few simple exercises while riding without stirrups will boost your strength, stamina, effectiveness, and confidence.

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How can I use my long legs more effectively on smaller horses?

Four-star eventer Jon Holling offers some tips on how a taller rider can use their legs more effectively while riding.

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Correct Way = Safe Way

Lessen the odds of an avoidable accident by making sure you’re using tried-and-true strategies for handling your horse.

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Going Round and Round - Improve Your Riding with Longe Lessons

Solidify your foundation and improve your riding skills with personalized longe lessons.

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When can I show in a shadbelly?

Wondering when its appropriate to wear a shadbelly coat in a hunter/jumper class? A top judge weighs in.

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Teach Your Horse Trot Lengthenings

Two methods for teaching your horse to lengthen his trot stride without breaking into canter

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Sharon White: Become A Self-Confident Leader for Your Horse

Eventer Sharon White shows you how to build communication with your horse using simple, time-tested tools to figure out what he needs.

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Pick the Perfect Pace for your Horse

Your round will be consistent, you’ll get down lines in the correct number of strides and you’ll find distances—all winning qualities in hunters and equitation.

Credit: Photo by Mallory Beinborn Protective emotions don’t do you any good when it comes to confidence in the saddle. Identify your defense mechanisms to get them out of your way.

Pressure Proof Your Riding

You don’t have to let your emotions run off with you. Rein them in by learning proven techniques for mental training.

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The Three Rein Positions

Do you know the difference between the direct, indirect, and supporting reins? Learn about them to isolate each of your horse’s four corners.

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Outsmart Anticipation

An equine behaviorist teaches you the why, and expert trainers teach you the how behind your horse’s anticipation—so you can nix it now.

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'What's the Rush?'

Is your horse super-lazy on the lead line? Here’s how to get energy into his feet.

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Riding Arenas 101

Do your horse a favor—learn the basics of what makes a good arena surface, then commit to its regular care with tips from pros.

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Get a Better Response

It doesn't come from a bigger bit (or bigger spurs or bigger cues). Read on to get the answer.

It’s easier than ever to find training advice, but also just as easy for the interpretation and application to go wrong. Trainer Craig Johnson sets things straight on six concepts.

Busted: 6 Training Myths

A top trainer debunks common training principles you may have been taking as gospel.

GumBits are expensive. Still, if your horse grinds you may find that they are worth every penny.

GumBits For Grinding

A powerful little helper.

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Jim Wofford: Cross-Country vs. Show-Jumping Form: The Same But Different.

The two over-fences disciplines, cross country and show jumping, share some common elements.

Credit: Photo courtesy of Ty Brazeal Turns, loops, serpentines, circles—working your horse in active ways puts you in control and reminds him who’s boss. This, in turn, helps boost your self-assurance.

Take Control and Move!

Don’t work to keep an even keel. Instead, get active while riding, and feel your confidence blossom.

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Attaching The Longe Line

There are four simple methods.

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Move with Your Horse During Transitions

Learn to help your horse during transitions by using focus, postural support and body control.