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    Stride for Perfection

    Week 10/16/2020 For today’s post we will talk about the Hunter Under Saddle class and some small tips you may not notice that could help you remain consistently successful or become higher noted on the judges card. We will look at the article by Julie Winkel from equestriancoach.com. Her first comment regards your first impression. Don’t be afraid to be the first one in the class. This will show the judge(s) that you are on time and fully prepared.  Julie’s second piece of advice is “know where the judge is.” If the judge is in the ring no matter what, do not try to get close to them. They will…

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    Equitation Evaluation

    Blog Post #3 If Saddle Seat is your passion then you know that having the correct equitation is everything. By having the proper manners, you and your horse will be able to maneuver better and have more success on the judges card. In Horse Illustrated, Leslie Potter talks with champion and trainer, Ellen Beard, about proper positioning and why it will stand out better in the show pen.  Ellen starts off by commenting on the correctness of your legs and feet. An easy way to remember your place is to pretend there is a string connected from your foot to your hip and then to your shoulder. Another notable statement…

  • Western Woahs

    Trail-Just the Beginning.

    Trail can arguably be the hardest class among a show-bill. There are numerous obstacles that a horse and rider must overcome at distinct gates and balance. There needs to be a very strong sense of discipline and cadence throughout each pattern to make it seem as smooth as possible. In order to do so Liz Arnold wrote in her 2017 article “Out of the Box: Tips for Entering the Trail Arena” about what every competitor should know when trying their turn in the trail class. Liz spoke with other trail veterans and pointed out the fact that when beginning it can be beneficial to start off with a good trainer…

  • Ranchy Righteous

    Comfortable Reining Transitions

    Professional reining horseman and recently a million dollar rider, Matt Mills, demonstrates and offers training tips in his “tip of the week” video. His lecture is based on slowing and managing younger reining horses while being comfortable when transitioning through paces of the lope.  Based off the video, Matt encourages the horse to have a very forward paced lope and then carries through with faster lead changes. He looks for the horse to give and relax into the cues after a fast paced transition. One key point he makes is humming to your horse and sitting back. From my own experience, when you’re comfortable your horse is also going to…