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PROPER CONDITIONING
Articles written by Dennis Auslam / Addie O'Neil

            It’s that time of year again – the transition from winter to spring. The snow will begin to melt and riding outdoors will become easier. During this period there is an important component which many riders overlook. This is conditioning. Conditioning your horse is a vital part of horse health, and if done incorrectly
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BENEFITS OF DRESSAGE MOVEMENTS IN A WESTERN HORSE

          As Western riders many of us, over the years, have had a tendency to force our horses to side-pass, get in the bridle, two track, turn on the forehand, turn on the hind-quarters, etc., too quickly. We tend to rush those movements and that, in the long run, disrupts the relationship between the rider and the horse. More and more trainers are realizing this. Many of today’s top trainers read more...



LEADING - AN IMPERATIVE, BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED SKILL

​          Before one can begin to start obstacle training you must be able to master leading your horse. It is such an important, and often overlooked skill that I feel it is imperative that you understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’. The why is to help keep read more...



GROUND TYING

​          One obstacle often seen in many of today's ranch horse versatility and trail challenges is ground tying. Teaching your horse how to ground tie is definitely achievable and if done correctly can come in handy in many areas of your riding career. It's important to read more...



PROPERLY LUNGING THE HORSE

​          This month, I will be teaching you how to properly lunge your horse. Lunging your horse not only teaches him respect for your personal space, but also teaches discipline that will transfer to your horse when you are riding him. I will provide you with the instructions to lunge your horse in a way that is safe for you, as well as your horse.

          In order to effectively lunge your horse, you need to have complete control over your horse’s body. If you are not able to properly lead your horse, stop, and have your horse respond by stopping his body simultaneously and
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​LUNGING THE BARRELS

​         In the last article, I discussed the basics of properly lunging your horse. This time, I will be building on that skill by adding another element: barrels. Lunging your horse through a pattern of barrels will help him become more supple and soft in the bridle. It will also teach him to watch where he puts his feet and to multi-task (by listening to you and paying attention to where he is putting his feet). When a horse learns to watch where they are going, your ride is going to be read more...



HIP ENGAGEMENT

​​          When choosing a barrel racing prospect a person tends to look for certain characteristics. Among these characteristics is the hip. A horse with a strong, muscular, and well conformed hip is able to turn a barrel with ease. However, if that horse is not taught how to use the hip properly and engage it when needed the horse will have a very difficult time running the barrel pattern correctly.

     In order to teach the horse the correct way to use its hip I start with very basic maneuvers at the walk. There are an unlimited number of patterns and exercises you can do to teach your horse how to
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