10 Things to Improve the Future of the Horse Business

When you hear about things like horse show competitors who can’t ready their own horse, water withheld from horses so they are calmer for their riders, lunging to

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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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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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How’s Your Integrity?

“Integrity is what we do, what we say and what we say we do.”– Don Galer Integrity is one of the most important qualities a riding instructor can

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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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When the Riding Instructor’s Confidence Falters

 It can be unnerving for an instructor to lose confidence during a lesson, but it happens more often than you might think. I’m not talking about losing confidence

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Riding Without Stirrups – Do You Teach It?

How important is riding without stirrups? Whenever I ask a class of new riders “What keeps you on the horse” one person will answer  “the stirrups”.  Rider’s receive

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The Blurry Line in Teaching Riding Levels| Do You See It?

There is a blurry line from one level of riding to the next that can cause problems in the instructor / student relationship particularly if the student is

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Teach Spatial Awareness in Your Beginner Riding Lessons

Spatial awareness is a persons ability to be aware of their body in a space and how it relates to other things in that space. When your new

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