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Essential 6 Moving Off Your Leg Troubleshooting

Essential 6 Moving Off Your Leg Troubleshooting

Common problems in getting your horse to move off your leg, and how to fix them. • Unevenness which means one end is getting ahead of the other along the fence or diagonally across the arena. Moderate your cues for the end that moves too fast. It's usually the front...

The Circling Turn Part 2

The Circling Turn Part 2

By popular demand, I’ve burrowed down into the archives to get you 2 really good runs to clear up any confusion about that darned “circling turn”. The first video shows a very difficult cow. It’s numb and pushy and doesn’t want to be on the fence. Matt open field...

Essential 6 Moving Off Your Leg While Mounted

Essential 6 Moving Off Your Leg While Mounted

In the last article we worked on teaching our horse to move away from pressure while he was tied at the hitch or wash rack, and while leading from the ground.   Now, let’s mount up and see if we’ve laid a good enough foundation. Opening a gate. Now mount up and see if...

Riding Smart 11-13

Riding Smart 11-13

This is a continuation of riding smarter not harder horsemanship skills. Here are Tips #11-13 • Be creative. I usually try to teach my horses something a certain way, but if I'm not getting through by the third attempt, I take a different approach. In other words, I...

Reining Essential 5 – Troubleshooting Whoa

Reining Essential 5 – Troubleshooting Whoa

Teaching a horse to stop brings out all kinds of problems, not because the horse wants to be bad, usually it’s our lack of timing, and balancing on the reins that causes their resistance. Troubleshooting. Common problems in basic stopping, and how to fix them:   • Not...

Reining Essential 5 – Whoa

Reining Essential 5 – Whoa

Your horse’s willingness to stop when you say “whoa” is essential for control and basic training. It also provides the foundation for one of reining’s most thrilling maneuvers, the sliding stop. But first, we’ll have to be satisfied by an attempt from our horse, at...

Reining Essential 4 – More Advanced Backing

Reining Essential 4 – More Advanced Backing

When I introduced backing, we reviewed how to start a green colt backing from the ground (or an older spoiled horse who needs a “life review”).  Today, let’s go over how to advance your horse in backing. While mounted. From his back, use the same rein action you used...

Reining Essential 4 – Backing (green horse)

Reining Essential 4 – Backing (green horse)

Backing up is important because it’s not only a maneuver in itself but also the correction for a poor stop.  At this point, however, backing doesn’t mean the same as it will later on (when we’ll want it super-straight, very fast, and in response to few visible cues)....

Counter Arc Circle

Counter Arc Circle

I’m going to continue with what I consider to be reining essentials. In this article, I’ll cover #3 - Walking a counter arc circle. For this exercise, your horse will move in a circle, but with his nose tipped to the outside. His front legs, meanwhile, will be...

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