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Leg Yield, Half Pass, and Side Pass

Leg Yield, Half Pass, and Side Pass

Do you know the difference? The term "leg yield", half pass", and "side pass" seem to be used interchangeably but are all very different and are indicative of your horse's level of training and responsiveness. Do you know the difference? Here you go: Leg yield – The...

Essential 6 Moving Off Your Leg On the Ground

Essential 6 Moving Off Your Leg On the Ground

Getting your horse to move off your leg (or move laterally) is key to getting control of his whole body. Lateral control of the hind end and shoulders helps you in simple things, like opening and closing gates or backing in a straight line. It also makes possible more...

Riding Smart 8-10

Riding Smart 8-10

In previous articles, I’ve shared 7 tips for Riding Smarter Not Harder. Now, here’s 3 more! • Develop great timing. Remember — horses learn from the release of pressure, not the application of it. When you release pressure (either from your legs or reins), your horse...

Riding Smart 5-7

Riding Smart 5-7

In an earlier article I shared 4 tips for Riding Smarter Not Harder. Now here’s 3 more! Be a contrarian. This goes along with training every moment. If your horse is wanting to do one thing, make him do the opposite. Is he leaning in one direction? Make him go the...

Circling the Cow

Circling the Cow

In previous articles, I shared boxing tips, leaving the corner well, rating and turning on the fence. All that’s left now is to “circle up”. There are some strategies for circling like all the other phases of the fence work. Let’s say you’re going down the left wall,...

Riding Smarter

Riding Smarter

Training horses is not supposed to be stressful for them or for us. We only need to be smarter than they are to stay ahead of them. (If the reverse were true, they would be "riding" us, right?) Ideally, we use our bigger brains to make learning seem do-able and feel...

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