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Pole Practice

by Karen Banister Use ground poles to enhance your horse’s guide and response, as well as improve your steering and focus. Read More

Mount Up Right for Safety, Confidence

by Steve Stevens How you mount your horse can set the tone for a safe, effective ride. Here’s how to get both you and your horse started on the right foot. Read More

Stop Right Now!

by Nancy Cahill Achieve a pretty, solid stop—every time—by understanding the mechanics of a stop and using this simple exercise. Read More

Circle Precision

by Andrea Fappani Use these two exercises to hone your horse’s circling ability and ‘guide.’ Read More

Solve Your Rein-Management Issues

by Jennifer Paulson Pro Al Dunning explains different ways to use split reins and how to master each rein position. Read More

Warm Up the Right Way

by Jennifer Forsberg Meyer Don’t be blasé about warm-ups. A proper pre-ride session avoids injury and sets your horse up to perform. Read More

Find Your Center

by Mark Stevens Use this exercise to determine if you lean to the right or left in the saddle, then practice it in your weaker direction to get centered. Read More

Too Young?

by Bob Avila Horse people have long debated the wisdom of showing (or racing) 2- and 3-year-old horses (and younger). The oft-heard question is, Are they too young? This year, at least two... Read More

Arena Exercises for Fun & Problem-Solving

by Debbie Moors Learn how to improve your horse's responsiveness and polish your riding skills and horsemanship using these 10 fun arena exercises. Read More


by Mark Stevens For correct body carriage on the rail, raise your horse’s headset and elevate his shoulders and forehand. Read More

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  • Showmanship Tune-Up

    Mastering the showmanship starts at home. Here I’ll offer some advice and share different exercises you can practice with your horse to improve your score.

  • Slow Medicine

    The field of veterinary medicine is on the fast track. Learn how the ‘slow medicine’ movement may help veterinarians embrace technology without sacrificing personal connection.

  • Trends for 2017

    What’s new and exciting for riders and their horses this year? Here are a few things on our radar to keep an eye on.

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    How do you make it as a pro in the horse world? Find inspiration for your own riding goals from these snapshots of six up-and-coming trainers.

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