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In this section, you can find advice on how to train a horse, from basic riding skills to dressage and show jumping and more complex horse training
A tired horse is not a good horse!
How to - horse training Wednesday 01 August 2012
Don Blazer looks at why it isn't a good idea to train a physically tired horse.  "A tired horse is a good horse,” claim some clinicians.    No! ...
What Should a Yearling Know?
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
By the time a horse is a year old, he is already getting pretty big.  It is difficult to train him if he does not already have solid foundations. He should already know how to lead, stand for...
What Should a Two-Year-Old Know?
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
When your horse turns two, you can finally consider beginning his training to be a riding horse.  Assuming that he already knows the basics of being led and tied, he is now mature enough ...
What Should a Foal Know?
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
When your foal arrives, it can be hard to imagine that there is a lot that you can do with him.  However, a lot of the most important training in a horse’s life happens before he turns ...
Understanding the Hack Division
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
While most people know that the Hack division at a hunter show is a flat division where the horses are not asked to jump, many people do not understand the difference between the classes that are ...
Understanding Natural Horsemanship
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
When people talk about natural horsemanship, they often discuss the efforts of specific trainers and methods.  However, the basic theories of natural horsemanship have been around for many ye...
Understanding Legs and Hands
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
As a beginner, you will have likely learned that to use your hands, you need to pull on the reins, and to use your leg, you kick or squeeze the horse.  While this is fine for beginners, as yo...
Training a Horse to Longe
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
One of the first steps in training a horse is to teach him to longe.  The longe line is the best place to train a horse many of the basics, from learning its transitions to accepting tack, an...
The Language of Longing
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
While many people understand the basic concept of longing, it is amazing how often the basic language of longing is lost.  Longing a horse is not simply having it run around in circles. ...
The Dynamics of a Turn
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
When starting out in riding, most riders learn that to turn a horse you need to pull on the inside rein.  Initially, this is effective, but it does not work well as horses and riders advance ...
Teaching a Foal to Lead
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
The first lessons a foal should learn is how to be haltered and led.  Many breeders do not halter their foals until later, and allow them to run freely alongside their dams for turn-out and o...
Showing on the Line
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
When you have babies around the farm it is sometimes hard to leave them alone and wait until they are old enough to start under saddle training.  Fortunately there are other things that you c...
Preparing to Send a Horse to a Trainer
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
Sending a horse away for training can be pretty stressful, especially if you don’t know what to send with him.  Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be all that bad.  With some pl...
Preparing a Horse to Longe
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
Before considering training your horse to longe, it is essential that he knows some basics.  Without a solid foundation, you are more likely to run into frustration than to succeed in your tr...
Practicing the Bent Line
How to - horse training Friday 20 January 2012
A favorite trick of the course designer is to set up a bent line in the middle of an otherwise predictable course.  Many horses and riders become so used to the straight lines that they are n...
Longing to Tune Up your Horse
How to - horse training Thursday 19 January 2012
Horses often become dead to the aids over time.  They are not as responsive and get bored of what they are doing under saddle.  Sometimes this can be corrected under saddle, but often a ...
Learning to Adjust Stride
How to - horse training Thursday 19 January 2012
When riding in the jumper ring, it is very important to know your horse’s stride length and know how to adjust it to work with the distances set out on the course.  The following exerci...
Keeping Track of Training
How to - horse training Thursday 19 January 2012
When training your horse, it is a smart idea to keep a training diary.  This is a book in which you keep track of what you have done each day, and how that training session went. Train...
How to Evaluate a Horse’s Jump
How to - horse training Thursday 19 January 2012
Most horses can jump, but not all horses jump well.  This is an important consideration when looking for a horse that will be successful in the hunter or jumper ring.  So, how can you ev...
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