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Western Horse Training Tips

Get in the saddle and improve your western horse training skills in Western horsemanship, showmanship at halter, reining, working cow horse, Western pleasure, and more. Find ways to improve your Western horsemanship patterns and trail patterns. From the horse showing arena to ground work in the round pen to trail riding on your horse, we have all the horse training tips for you.

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Teaching Your Horse to Turn

Teaching your horse to turn will allow you to have more steering ability and control anytime you’re in the saddle.

teaching your horse to turn

Teaching Your Horse to Turn

Teaching your horse to turn will allow you to have more steering ability and control anytime you’re in the saddle.

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Mounted Shooting Rein Management

Mounted shooting rein management skills are required so you can cue correctly and get the proper response from your horse. Targets come fast, even at the beginner level, and gun handling requires quick thinking. This makes mastering rein management at home a key to competitive success. Kenda Lenseigne shares her best tips here.

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Destination Addiction

There’s a common misconception among horses and humans that what we want lies somewhere else. It’s why horses graze on the other side of a fence when the grass is just as green and lush on their side. And why humans long for something—tangible or not—that we don’t have. I call focusing on that other place or thing we want “destination addiction.” Here I’ll discuss why destination addiction can hamper your training and riding progress and how to move away from it once and for all.

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Riding With a Hackamore or Bosal

The hackamore plays a pivotal role in traditional training for reined cow horses, following the snaffle bit. It allows you to use direct-rein cues, just like a snaffle, but begins to introduce the concept of neck reining. That concept is further honed with the two-rein setup and then eventually the bridle. But the hackamore isn’t exclusive to reined cow horses. You can incorporate it into your training program, no matter your area of interest.

teaching your horse to turn

Teaching Your Horse to Turn

Teaching your horse to turn will allow you to have more steering ability and control anytime you’re in the saddle.

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Fix Showmanship Dullness

Leslie Lange offers advice on how to fix dullness and achieve light contact in showmanship patterns.

Confidence and correctness will help you improve your showmanship score at your next horse show.

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.

Precise halter fit enhances a horse’s features and improves your handle in a showmanship, performance halter, or halter class.

Best Show-Halter Fit

Adjust your show halter properly for an eye-appealing look and precise function in the competitive arena.

Schooling at horse shows has increased dramatically—and that’s fine. But remember to respect the judge, the spectators, and your trainer’s program by keeping a professional appearance.

School With Class

Schooling is one thing. Disrespecting the judge and the spectators is another.

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Trail Tack Advice

All of your trail tack, including your trail saddle must fit your horse well and allow him to do his job. It also needs to complement your trail-riding needs.

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Standing Leg Wraps

Precise application of standing leg wraps ensures the protection of your horse’s soft tissues for healing an injury or sweating inflammation

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Must-Have Bits

Read about my MVBs—most valuable bits—and why I wouldn’t walk into a tack room that didn’t have these options.