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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Try a Simple Beginner Trot Pole Jumping Lesson for Students or Horses

Download the PDF You can download a pdf of this lesson complete with diagrams. Just click the download button. Simple Trot Pole Jumping Lesson:BEFox:RidingInstructor.netDownload Using trot poles for

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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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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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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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A Holiday Obstacle Course Idea From Meadowsweet Ranch

Thank you, Kathy Boettcher of Meadowsweet Ranch in Spring Grove, Illinois for sharing this great Holiday Obstacle Course idea with The Riding Instructor's readers. From Kathy "Something that

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Websites, Insurance, and Forms

A reader asked about website design basics for riding instructors, insurance, and release forms. I thought I’d share my answer with a blog post and ask other instructors

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