Don’t forget about dressage

During hunting season it’s tempting focus only on conditioning and jumping.  It’s all too easy to forget about dressage. Not the dressage as in riding the movements for perfection, but rather the dressage that helps your horse stay supple, strong and stretched — able to dodge that tree with a quick leg yield or to […]

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Horses don’t understand “potential”

For the past few days I’ve been watching another owner/rider dispute unfold on COTH. Certainly after reading about this experience, the Henny dispute and the  issues over La Biosthetique Sam, I’d sure as heck think twice about buying a horse for a rider to compete. The comments on the most recent threads repeat several common […]

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Overcoming fear of galloping

So, you’d think that as a foxhunter that rides an OTTB, I’d be a galloping pro. Not so. Ironically, given my choice of riding discipline, I’ve never particularly liked to go fast. Okay, the people who ride with me will tell you I don’t like to go slowly either. But I do like to feel […]

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Ed and Ross: The Happy Times

Ross’s grandmother, Mandy, posted a link to another YouTube video and a comment on my “update” thread. Since some of you wouldn’t see it buried in the comments, here it is. I do feel badly for these folks as I’m sure they did not expect that first video to not only go viral, but get […]

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Jane Savoie explains the half halt

Half halts are a way that the rider can re-balance your horse. But it’s a term that gets tossed around frequently without adequate explanation. As a result, many people think they are doing a half halt but don’t know why and don’t do it correctly. Much of the confusion probably lies in the use of […]

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Bitting up

I have always been a snaffle kind of rider. Partly it’s because I generally have had horses that require more kick than whoa; partly it’s because I use other aids to control speed and rhythm; and partly it’s because I like a horse to take a solid contact with the bit. Look in my bit […]

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Flying through flying changes

Freedom is very, well, energetic right now. I took him out yesterday, hacked him over to the ring where the footing is good and I could let him move. Pretty soon I realized that the best thing to do with him was just let him canter. It would stretch his back and help get the […]

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