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Trainer Tuesday: When a horse, rider, or both rush down a line, how do...

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

Developing Lightness and Feel: Exercises from Geoff Teall

Within the 263 pages of Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation, Teall covers an impressive multitude of topics aimed at helping riders increase the effectiveness of their time spent in the saddle.  From...

Trainer Tuesday: What are some ways to help riders learn to close their fingers...

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

How to Teach Beginners to Post (and keep your sanity!)

BY JENN ZALA Teaching beginners is simple, and can be done without going nuts. All you have to do is guide them to create the muscle memory necessary to keep their seat and hands independent. By using a formulaic...

Tips for Teaching 3 Common Canter Transition Mistakes Beginners Make

BY JENN ZALA Personally, it drives me nuts to see beginners struggling with canter transitions.  The kiss of death is when the horse winds up in a fast trot around the ring. It can be...

Competing ‘‘Against’’ Friends

BY Tonya Johnston, MA Going to horse shows with your friends can be such a fantastic, fun experience. As a matter of fact, the social aspects of our sport can play a huge role in...

Exercises to Build Your Horse’s Topline

BY EMILY MILLER When I purchased my 2011 Warmblood cross mare, Dixie, in 2017 she was very green under saddle and unbalanced in her gaits. She was particularly weak in her back and didn’t know how to...

Trainer Tuesday: What are some important elements of fitness you’d say riders need to...

Welcome to Trainer Tuesday! Each week we ask trainers a question and gather their answers for you. These trainers have a range of experience, backgrounds, and focus points of their programs, so the answers...

Don’t Tailgate the Trailer! How to Safely Share the Road with Horse Trailers

BY EQUO The one thing equestrians really want non-equestrians to know is how to safely share the road with horse trailers. To people who aren’t familiar with horses, they seem big, tough and scary. In...

I Joined the Braiding Mafia (and Lived)

BY ALISON KRATISH If you are equine-centric and active on social media, chances are you have seen the funny meme with the graphic image that says “If you see me on the stripper pole, mind...

The Complete Tax Deduction Checklist for Equine Professionals

BY LEGIT LEDGERS, LLC If you run your own equine business, you do not have the time to research every possible tax deduction under the sun. All you can do is trust your tax professional to suggest...

Internet Shopping for Horses 101

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING Buying horses on the internet has gotten interesting…for both buyer and seller. I am not unsympathetic to the plight of Sellers. People kick tires, look at horses they can’t...

Unpacking the Pre Purchase Exam

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING To begin, and let me say it louder for the folks in the back—you never do a pre-purchase exam to try not to buy a horse. You only do...

Tail Whitening Hacks

BY TPH TEAM If you live in Virginia (where it’s been muddy for 12 months straight!) and your horse has a significant amount of white in its tail, you learn to become good at tail...

10 Tips and Tricks for Being the Best Horse Show Groom You Can Be

BY GRACE SALMON Grooming gives you the opportunity to travel and experience shows that you might not get the opportunity to show at yourself. Think you have what it takes to groom at horse shows?...

All About Crackdown

The newest, all natural creation from Equine Elixirs has taken the hoof supplement market by storm In developing the hoof supplement Crackdown, Equine Elixirs’ founder Elizabeth Ehrlich collaborated with top farriers, veterinarians, and trainers to...

DIY: TACKROOM ON A BUDGET

By @Hunky_Hanovarian CLICK HERE to read more from the blog, The Hunky Hanoverian There are several tackrooms at my barn. One for the lesson program, 2 general ones for boarders, and one was dedicated to a specific...

A Horse By Nature

Managing Emotional and Mental Stress in Horses for Improved Welfare BY Mary Ann SimondsReprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books What Kind of a Horse Person are You? We can all acknowledge that people have horses in...

No Teeth, No Horse? Feeding the Aging Horse

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO Do older horses need special supplements and how should we feed for tooth loss? Horses, like so many herbivores, are hypsodont which means their teeth continue to grow (erupt) throughout...

It is Still Possible to Have a Successful Working Student in Today’s Climate

BY JENNIFER TAYLOR A couple months ago, I gave a lesson to a 14 year old named Payton.  She was brave, followed direction well, and had good equitation with soft hands to boot. My schedule...

5 Game Changing Body Clipping Tips from a Professional Groom!

I can't wait to body clip today... said no person ever! But with professional groom Amanda Geerlinks' body clipping tips, this chore is sure to go off much smoother than ever before.  BY AMANDA GEERLINKS Body...

Your New Horse Isn’t Insurable. Now What?

By Kara Pinato Scro / Jump Media Imagine you are in the process of finding and purchasing your dream horse. You’ve taken the time to try different horses, maybe you’ve had this horse on trial...