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Be a Flexible Horseman

Riders, Instructors, and trainers  know how important it is to be flexible – but each condition (trainer, instructor, rider) requires a slightly different use of “Flexible”. And where there is no flexibility but there is pressure – something is sure to “give”. The “give” in the case of a non-flexible horseman usually will not result in […]

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Don’t Trust Your Beginner Riders with a Beginner Instructor

If you have followed The Riding Instructor for any length of time, by now you know that I’m a huge advocate for beginners, their instructors and the foundation that is laid in riding lessons. The beginner rider is where we can establish a strong foundation of basics. It’s to these basics that the building blocks […]

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The Time to Ride 100 Day Challenge

The Time To Ride 100 Day Challenge is an interesting marketing tool for horse businesses.It’s the brain child of The American Horse Council, designed to reach new people and have them experience and learn about horses. Personally I love the idea by itself but Time To Ride makes it even more exciting by creating a […]

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#1. This Rider Began as a Beginner!

The First Three Riding Lessons

I make no bones about being an advocate for instructors of beginning riders. It’s because I firmly believe that you can lay so good a foundation for your students, that they will not forget it, no matter what style or level of riding they become enamored with.  And investing the extra time to lay a […]

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Sharpen Your Eye for Trot Diagonals

Recently I received an email from a reader asking about diagonals at the trot. The reader understood and could ride correct diagonals but had difficulty seeing them on other riders. Did I have any suggestions? Teaching diagonals is interesting because of the way students react. Some students need a lot of information, while others create […]

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Riding Instructors and Students- Who Are You?

The instructor/trainer – student/client relationship is a conundrum that causes major difficulties for everyone involved. A lot of the issues exist because of a lack of clear definition of “who you are” on both parts. For simplicity’s sake I’ll use the term “instructor” for all the titles we give to those who teach riding and […]

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Can Tune Ups Fix Your Horsemanship Fundamentals?

Practical Horseman Magazine is an endless source of entertainment for me; some of it is good and some of it sends my blood pressure racing up. The article  “Rider Tune Up” in the December 2013 issue gave me one of these blood pressure moments. It reads as if the article was written to suit a […]

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Use This Simple Game to Increase Horseback Riding Skills

The action of taking small rocks form one spot to the next causes students to exercise multiple skills.  I call this “The Rocks Game”. Set Up is Simple Place 5 or 6 rocks (you can choose the number of rocks you like best), that are about the size of a golf ball, on the top […]

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My Favorite Christmas Ponies

A few years ago, when my daughter was still enjoying her  photography skills, she took these photos of my tiny Granddaughter and her pony.  Of course I love them and I wanted to share them with you along with my wishes for the merriest of  Merry Christmases!

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Horsemen’s Ground School – What’s Not To Love?

One of the things I remember most vividly about my Dad was his desire to earn a pilot’s license so he could  fly the Cessna 150 and 172 fixed wing planes. When I was in high school I used to sneak to the air port to watch him practice take offs and landings with his […]

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