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Horse Blankets 101: Types of Blankets

It’s that time of year again. Time to start breaking out those blankets in preparation for winter. For those who already blanket on a regular basis, you probably already have…
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Equine Stage Fright: Fixing Rough Lope Transitions

Transitions are a sticking point for many riders, especially the lope transition. Even if you get everything perfectly set up, asking for a lope transition can often lead to balking,…
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Hobbyhorse Revolution: Horsing Around…With Stick Horses

The other day I stumbled across an interesting new craze from Finland called hobbyhorsing. Most of us were horse crazy kids at one point and we all probably had a…
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The difference between the reining horse and the cow horse

Reining horses and reined cow horses, the flashy show-offs of the western showpen. We admire them with their grace, beauty, and refinement, but what is the difference between the two…
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Supplements 101

Every year, ongoing scientific research helps us better understand the nutritional needs of our equine partners. As our understanding of equine nutrition advances, feed companies scramble to promote new products…
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Mastering the Reining Spin

There are many methods for achieving a reining spin, but the method we will discuss today involves 3 exercises: the backing exercise, the star exercise, and the spiral exercise. Prerequisites…
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The Secrets of the Sidepass

Sidepassing is an important maneuver to master for the western showpen. Many pattern classes – especially ranch horse classes – will ask for sidepassing maneuvers. Sidepassing can be done over…
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Bits 101: Western Snaffle Basics

Photo by eXtensionHorses This article contains affiliate links at the end of the post where I have provided purchasing recommendations for the bits discussed in this article. Friday’s article kicked…
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You know you’re a horse person when… (GIF edition)

You know you’re a horse person when… 1 …rather than slowing down for a speed bump in your car you assume the 2-point position because efficiency is important people. via…
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The Secret to Turning Every Horse Into Your Dream Horse

I’ve had several friends ask me “how do you always manage to find these amazing horses?” They look at the horses I have and seem to think that I have…
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10 Things You Should Have in Your Equine First-Aid Kit

Photo by dlg_images 1. Self-stick bandages There are so many uses for these around the farm. In a first aid situation, they are invaluable for keeping dressings in place or…
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Ranch Halter: The Most Overlooked Versatility Class

Ranch Versatility has taken the stock horse show circuit by storm, providing a fresh arena for competitors to flock to. Versatility is generally made up of six classes -- ranch riding,…
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Why your horse is the best trainer you will ever have

As equestrians, we are always (or should always be) on the lookout for good teachers we can learn from. As amateur equestrians though, we don’t always have the resources to…
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5 Tips for Trailering Your Horse Long Distances in the Summer Heat

Headed for a world championship? Trailering a new horse in from out of state? Going on a horsey camping trip? There are so many reasons you might be trailering your…
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Is “anthropomorphizing” really as dangerous as people say it is?

Oh yes, I just went there. This is a huge taboo to some people who insist that horses are working animals who should be classified as livestock while others prefer…
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Patterning: Barrels, Poles, and Beyond

There are many different philosophies out there about how to “pattern” a horse on barrels or poles. One prevalent method that I see a lot though is what I refer…
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Why being on the forehand is detrimental to your horse

Last week we discussed the importance of knowing the ‘why’ behind everything you do with your horse. Here is an important ‘why’ that is sometimes skipped over because so many…
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1 Exercise To Collect the Trot and Extend the Walk

For some riders, getting that collected western trot and a forward walk that doesn’t look like the horse is wading through molasses is a constant battle. I have found that…
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The Difference Between a Breast Collar and a Pulling Collar

Pulling collars are popular among working ranchers and ropers as a practical tack choice. The have also been gaining popularity along with AQHA’s new ranch horse pleasure class as a…
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Hippotherapy: Horses as Therapy

Animals are widely considered to be therapeutic for humans, but none so much as the horse. Physical Therapy There are many therapeutic riding programs throughout the world. The technical term…
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Bonding with Your Horse: Are you his friend or his leader?

It is common to hear horse owners talking about their “bond” with their horse. Some see “bonding” as a sort of mystical art that is the pinnacle of horsemanship while…
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The Importance of Examining Your Horse’s Sweat Patterns After a Ride

Proper saddle fit is important for every horse, whether you are a trail rider or a show competitor. One of the easiest ways to check for saddle fit is to…
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4 Keys to a Good Warmup

 The warmup is a vital part of training that is too often overlooked. Sometimes you see riders walking their horses in the warmup letting them get strung out and lazy.…
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Gastric Ulcers: What They Are and How to Prevent Them

What are gastric ulcers? Have you ever had heart burn bad enough that you didn’t feel like eating, exercising, or working? That’s what vets speculate a gastric ulcer feels like…
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Toddlers in Timeout: Is this really a human phenomenon?

Even if you’re not a parent, you’ve probably been an aunt, uncle, or cousin to a toddler at some point. So, you’ve probably experienced the joys of dealing with a…
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9 Good Horse Training Habits

1. Let the horse catch you We’ve all been there. It’s 4am the morning of the show. Everything is packed. The trailer is loaded and sitting in the driveway. You’re…
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Why you don’t need an arena to train and how a lack of facilities can be an advantage

There is a common misconception that you need a "proper" arena to train horses. I’ve heard too many people justify giving up on their show dreams by saying: “Well I…
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HERDA: The Poco Bueno Legacy

HERDA In recent years, the Poco Bueno sireline has raised a bit of controversy. As the bloodline associated with the genetic disorder hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA), they often…
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3 Exercises Every Horse Needs to Know (Part 3): Yielding the Hindquarters

This is part 3 of a series covering my 3 most important exercises that every horse needs to know to make them a safe riding companion: Lunging Lateral flexion at…
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3 Exercises Every Horse Needs to Know (Part 2): Lateral Flexion of the Poll (not the neck)

This is part 2 of a 3-part series that will cover my 3 most important exercises that every horse needs to know to make them a safe riding companion: Lunging…
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3 Exercises Every Horse Needs to Know (Part 1): Lunging

I’ve had several people tell me, “I would be so scared to try that with my horse, you are so brave.” It makes me chuckle when I hear this because…
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Driftwood: A Quarter Horse Legend

Over the years, researching quarter horse pedigrees has become a bit of a hobby, so I decided to start compiling all that research to share with all of you lovely…
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Caravaggio’s Horse: The Genius Beneath the Madness

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is known as one of the greatest painters of his time. Critic Miles Unger says it best when he states that Caravaggio is best known for…
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3 Secrets to Improve Your Riding

As riders, we are always looking for that magical secret to develop our riding. There are a few simple keys that I’ve discovered that advanced my riding overnight. The most…
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