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.
Use this exercise to improve your straightness for lead changes.
Learn to ride with impulsion and confidence as you encourage your horse to drive from behind at the lope.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to horse headsets, everyone has opinions. Before making up your mind, consider these factors.
Can you put each of your horse’s feet where you want them? Learn how with my tips.
Try this quick exercise to boost your control while encouraging forward motion.
Leslie Lange offers advice on how to fix dullness and achieve light contact in showmanship patterns.
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.
Adjust your show halter properly for an eye-appealing look and precise function in the competitive arena.
Schooling is one thing. Disrespecting the judge and the spectators is another.
Tack fit is critical to your horse’s health and wellbeing. Learn key checkpoints for his saddle, bridle, bit, cinch, and other core gear.
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.
Precise application of standing leg wraps ensures the protection of your horse’s soft tissues for healing an injury or sweating inflammation
Read about my MVBs—most valuable bits—and why I wouldn’t walk into a tack room that didn’t have these options.
Bits, bridles, hackamores, reins. Take our Trivia Challenge to test your knowledge on the topic of equine headgear.