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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Why Do We Teach Our Horseback Riding Students Position?

Performance & SafetyFor the RiderAll sports and many arts teach "position" or form because good form results in better performance. How you hold the golf club and position your

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Sometimes Lesson Students Fall off Their Horses

No riding instructor wants their student to fall from the horse, but it's naive to think you can teach riding and not see this happen. Even the most

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The Case for Teaching Beginners Riding Lessons

Covid Difficulties So much has happened to effect riding programs in 2020 that many riding instructors have re-evaluated where they are headed with their students. Trainers and instructors

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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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4 Ways to Teach Horsemanship to Students of all Ages

In my book, anytime we teach horsemanship it’s a good way. In this post I talk about 4 different ways to include horsemanship in your teaching program. All

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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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