Sharpen Your Eye for Trot Diagonals

I ran across a Facebook discussion about how to tell and how to teach when a rider is on the correct diagonal at the trot, so I thought

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School Commands & Arena Figures for Every Discipline

What are they? School commands have their basis in the military where the need to move many minds in one direction at the same time requires a standard

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How Much Grip for Horseback Riders?

How much grip should a rider have with their legs? Should they grip at all? The short answer is—it depends. Stirrup length, seat, and activity all factor into

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Three-Point Seat, Right or Wrong?

My intention with this month’s post was to move on with a discussion about seat mainly defining the terms and definitions we use. As usual, I looked through

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5 Requirements to Become a Good Horseman According to Harry Chamberlin

An Excerpt From Riding and Schooling by Harry Chamberlin “The correct principles of equitation and horse training are in themselves simple and well defined, and easily within the

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4 Activities for Horse Lovers During Social Distancing

We horse lovers are a gregarious sort and social distancing sure crimps our style. Take heart. With all the options for education and interaction, students and instructors need

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No Stirrup November- Have Fun with Your Students

The annual ritual, No Stirrup November, is almost upon us. Say you YAY! Or Nay? As an instructor I love this opportunity to be creative and to help

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How to Make Your Riding Instructor Happy – Respect

Respect her time One of the complaints I hear most frequently is that students don’t respect the instructor’s time. Let your instructor know you value that she/he has

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8 Steps Toward Better Reflexes in Equestrian Students

Good riding is as much the result of conditioning the rider’s thought processes and reflexes, as it is conditioning the body and learning skills. What a rider does

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Pony Club Develops Character in Kids

As a professional, I’ve always taught Pony Club Clinics and even helped form a club in the 70s, but I didn’t become fully immersed in Pony Club until

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