When you’re riding in a one-handed bridle, you ask your horse to turn by neck reining. However, if you don’t know where to keep your hand when you’re guiding your horse, you could be ineffective with your cue. If you constantly ride with your hand left or right of center, you’re unknowingly giving mixed signals to your horse. If you keep your hand in that position at all times, you’ll eventually teach him to ignore the neck rein cue completely, making it much more difficult to guide him.
Whether you’re looking for a new saddle that can handle all-day trail rides or are wanting something that’ll help you stand out in the show pen, you must keep saddle fit in mind when shopping. Professional saddle fitter Terry Peiper shares her tips for evaluating saddle fit so you can make the right choice the next time you’re in the market for a new saddle.
Go through my checklist to learn more about your new horse’s strengths and weaknesses—what his personality is like on the ground and in the saddle—so you can start your journey together on a positive note.
Is your horse over-flexed through his neck? This leg-yield zigzag will correct that overbridling.
Summertime’s heat, humidity, and insects can wreak havoc on equine hides. Here’s how to prevent or treat your horse’s summer skin problems.