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The winter months can be a great time for learning new skills, or honing and perfecting skills that are already in your arsenal. Sometimes a little challenge can break the monotony in the wintertime, whether for the trainer or the student. There is a trail exercise we came up wit


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Giving to pressure is horse training 101, and one of the first and most basic things that we teach our horses. As important as it is, this step is often missed and not only does it become a training issue, but a safety issue.


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Q: My daughter has an AQHA gelding that has a bad habit in the show ring. When they going into a western horsemanship class he will be good until you start the pattern. He try’s to lope off and buck, then my daughter looses control and he won’t stop. Is he just getting ring smart and anticipating the pattern?


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Q: I have a 6 year old gelding pony. When I bought this horse he was fully trained and had no problems riding him until I brought him home. When I get on him he will not move but he will lay down and he doesn’t care if your on him. What should I do?


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Q. I have an 8 year old gelding that I show in western working events. He is perfect during warm-ups and is excellent in patterns, but I’m really having a problem in rail classes with him raising his head and speeding up- RUNNING, actually, and only when we’re being judged.


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I have a nice little seven year old gelding whose hocks are in the later stages of fusion…


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When my daughter asks her mare to do that and puts her spurs on to the mare, she goes into stop mode.


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I really have a hard time getting the shoulder up with a level top line. It seems I get the level top line and then sacrifice my nice hock…


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I have a paint gelding that arches his neck and over bridles himself when he gets too worked up.


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I have a 5 year old gelding that was started slow but is really coming along. What is your advice on teaching the horse to stay collected?


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What is your favorite exercise for getting your horse to hold the ground with his balance legs at the lope?


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I read your article regarding front end foes, but what about back end foes? I have a two year old Zippos Mr Goodbar mare that we just started under saddle.


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One of the most popular topics I seem to come across lately is the quality of front end movement in our pleasure horses.


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I have a two year old that I am training and I am having trouble with him opening his shoulders after I slow him down. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me in order to get him to open up his shoulders again.


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If a horse is slightly over at the knees will that hinder him as far as being a really good western pleasure mover?


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