1Choose Good Gear
2Break Out the Bowtie
3Consider a Grazing Muzzle
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 22 years young, this multi-talented gelding is now showing a new generation what it takes to become a champion. more
Watch Chics Smart Lena compete in the IRCHA Open Two Rein event.
Why does your horse play with his bit? And how can you stop it? Brad gives a few examples of what you can do to stop your horse from playing with his bit.
Do you know when you should use bell boots on your horse? Brad explains why he uses bell boots and when he uses them on his horses.
Do you know what a bit's purchase is? Brad Barkemeyer explains why the bit's purchase is one of the most important parts of your horse's bit.
It's not always black and white when it comes to riding, it's about what works best with your horse.
Improve your rollback before your next show by using Brad Barkemeyer's rollback drill.
Before you try this exercise, be sure you've practiced Brad's backing-up exercise, outlined here.
See why Brad recommends leaving your splint boots off your horse when you're riding and it's hot outside.
How do you clean your cinch or leg boots? When should you buy a new saddle pad? If you take care of your gear, it'll last you a long time. See what Brad recommends doing when it comes to gear...
by Jennifer Paulson
Trainer Brad Barkemeyer offers advice for retraining a horse that bucks or lurches into lope transitions.
by Al Dunning
Are you using your running martingale correctly? Check your habits against my hints.
A mare turned suddenly aggressive toward humans may need systematic retraining.
Stiff reins are tough to use. Soften them with these steps. This process will slightly darken the leather.
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