Conditioning and Showing Articles

Riding Circles Correctly with Paula Hitzler

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May 7, 2021

Circle work provides a foundation for all riding disciplines and when performed correctly can help establish suppleness and collection. Horses young and old at any stage of training benefit from performing confident circle work drills.

Bit Selection for Riding and Training Horses

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September 25, 2017

Identifying differences in bit construction and understanding some of the important principles of bit use will provide an educated basis for selecting bits. The article below explains the different types of bits available so that riders can determine which one is more appropriate for their horses.

Tips for Horse Show Parents

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September 25, 2017

Like any youth sport, showing horses provides parents and children with countless opportunities to learn and grow together. Time spent traveling to shows and lessons, celebrating success, and even treating sick or injured animals provide positive life lessons and memories that will last a lifetime. There is also no question that, given the cost and logistics of showing horses, parents typically must be involved in the experience.

Basic Conditioning of the Equine Athlete

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September 25, 2017

The goal of any basic conditioning program is to enhance the psychological and the physical responses to exercise. Psychological responses with conditioning include greater confidence and desire to perform and minimized boredom and resentment. Physical responses include greater strength and endurance, enhanced skills (such as jumping and reining), and minimized soreness or injury due to exercise.

The Do's and Don'ts of Equestrian Attire

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September 25, 2017

It is important to think about what you are going to wear prior to working with or riding a horse not only for comfort, but also for safety. This does not have to be expensive, and appropriate garments are not difficult to find.

Horse Showing Trends and Fads - From a Judge's Point of View!

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September 25, 2017

Horse showing is an integral part of many youth’s passion for their horses. Many spend countless hours preparing both their horses and themselves for competition. As with most things, horse showing goes through many trends and fads. However, the bottom line is how are these new and sometimes expensive fads perceived by the judge in the show ring?

Striving for Real Sportsmanship in a Reality Show World

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September 25, 2017

Today's world seems obsessed with "reality" shows. From Jersey Shore to the Kardashians, or reality contests like Survivor or the Amazing Race, people tune in by the millions each week to see what happens next in a (supposedly) unscripted environment. A research-based article on Greatist.com reports that these shows are very popular with those in the 18-34 age range, which is also a relatively large segment of the horse show world.