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  • Natural Horsemanship

     

    Natural horsemanship has enjoyed a dramatic increase in popularity over the past decade from horse lovers of all disciplines.  Unlike other training and riding philosophies that “break” a horse's spirit, natural horsemanship strives to work in concert with the horse's innate conduct and herd instincts to preserve its natural behaviors. Although there is a broad range of natural horsemanship practices, all share a common understanding of the keys to success.

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  • Longe Line Training for Horse and Rider

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    Many horse people understand that longeing is excellent for exercising horses, but few realize that both horse and rider benefit from this fantastic workout. Horse and rider develop better balance, strength, and confidence when riding on the longe line. A basic longe line exercise session should consist of a variety of drills. Remember to walk the horse one circle on the line between exercises.

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  • Importance of Ground Manners

     

    A horse without ground manners is an extremely dangerous animal. They should be the first thing taught to a juvenile or unbroken horse. Any adult horse that has not yet been taught ground manners should learn them. With good ground manners, a horse is easier and safer to handle and is better prepared to take the saddle.

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  • How to Tack Up An English Saddle

     

    One of the first things that a new rider has to learn to do is tack up their horse. Tacking up is the term used to describe putting a saddle pad, saddle, girth and bridle on the horse. The process for putting an English saddle on a horse is different from putting a western saddle on a horse. If you want to ride English, you will need to able to put the English saddle on the horse correctly.

     

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  • How to Size a Girth : What to Know to Make an Informed Purchase of New Tack

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    While Western saddles often come with girths (called cinches) attached, English saddles do not and they are normally a separate purchase when buying English tack. In addition, if you choose to ride in some makes of Australian and endurance saddles, you will need to buy a separate girth.

  • How to Size a Bit For Your Horse

    Equestrians know that a well-fitted bit, as well as your hand, leg and seat aids, helps control your horse’s neck and head, and can aid in bringing his body into proper alignment. Learning how to fit a new bit properly to your horse is an important part of keeping your horse happily working at whatever job he is performing, and keeping yourself safe in the saddle.

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  • How to Put a Bridle on Your Horse

     

    It is essential for new riders to learn how to properly put both a saddle and a bridle on their horse. The bridle is a tool that consists of the headstall, cheekpieces, noseband, bit and reins. It is used to allow the rider to direct and control the horse's movements. In order to be effective, the bridle has to be put on the horse correctly and properly adjusted to fit the horse's head.

     

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  • Microchipping Your Horse - How and Why To Do It

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    In 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture instituted a program of mass livestock identification using microchips, tattooing and branding in an effort to identify and track sick animals in the event of a disease outbreak. Nationwide, ranchers and farmers objected to the program, called the National Animal Identification Program, seeing it as an attempt of the government to monitor and control the horse and cattle industry.

  • How to Fit an English Saddle to Your Horse

    English saddles are made to allow close contact between the rider’s seat and legs with the horse’s back and sides. The smaller, dipped seat, thin flaps, and free-standing stirrup leathers permit the equestrian to feel the movements horse’s shoulder, back, barrel, and rump muscles, and provide both rider and mount a means of unfettered communication.

    Making sure that your English saddle correctly fits your horse ensures that your animal stays pain-free from sore back muscles and pressure sores, and allows for both of you to have safe, fun rides.

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