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How do I pick up my horse’s shoulder?

Do you have problems with picking up leads? Dropping leads? Lopsided circles? A horse that is heavy on the forehand? Do you know what all these problems have in common? A lack of shoulder control. Picking up your horse’s shoulder is a vital piece of gaining full body control. Without…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Impulsion

The concept of impulsion was briefly touched upon in my article on the Classical Training Pyramid. However, this vital building block of collection deserves a more in depth discussion. If you recall the classical training pyramid, impulsion — or schwung as it is referred to in the German classical tradition…

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How to Build Up Your Horse’s Topline

A strong topline is vital to any horse’s training. A strong topline helps ensure correct saddle fit, long term soundness, and overall ability to perform demanding physical tasks. Some people seem to think that building a strong topline requires all kinds of gadgets and complicated training programs. In reality, it…

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