All Blog Posts Tagged 'western' (209)

Introducing New Work: Part Two

Last week, I started this series to help you decide how and when to introduce new work. That blog focused on Training and First Levels. What follows is Part 2 of that series.

Let's say your horse is solid at first level. Look ahead to the Second Level movements. Check out the dressage tests. You'll see that you need to work on shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, simple changes of lead, reinback and turns on the haunches.

You'll also notice that the big…


Added by Jane Savoie on November 12, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Horse Play News Nov-Dec 2010



1979 – 2010

Polo pony, Barrel racer

Trail horse, Babysitter

I caught your last breath in my hand

and I will forever hold it in my heart

Your spirit runs free once again!


October 18 2010 was a sad day here. Our beloved Zack was humanely euthanized due to complications from cancer and old age. He is missed!




The Running Horse



Added by Horse Play on November 2, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Introducing New Work: Part One

Riders often ask me, "How do I know it's the right time to start training something a bit harder?"

This is a big topic so I'm going to cover it over two blogs. In this blog, I'll give you a way to come up with a logical plan for introducing new work at Training Level. Next week, I'll show you to plan to move up to Second and Third Level. I'll also show you how you can use feedback from competition to help you decide whether or not you're ready to move up.

First, I…


Added by Jane Savoie on October 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Hi everyone, let me introduce myself

Hi all,

I'm not quite sure how things work on a site like this but try to find out as I go.

My name is Ranna, Dutch but live in Germany.

Love all animals and am the proud owner of two lovely horses, 9 cats, 1 dog, 3 chickens and a duck.

Have been riding dressage for the most of my live, came into contact with NH some 10 or 11 years ago, did western riding for a couple of… Continue

Added by Ranna on October 28, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

The All American Quarter Horse Congress!!


Recently, the U.S. experienced the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky and the horse world lit up with the news and events. But…


Added by Dressage For The Rest Of Us on October 24, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

October 12th 2010

Feeling pretty good today. I got two nice comments from fellow barnmice. Those kind of comments help put things into perspective without being discouraging. Thanks ladies!

Today, I rode Harley and Lazz. I basically worked on the same thing with both of them but was a little easier on Lazz. Harley is more used to what I was asking. I got a few nice roll backs with Harley and also some good transitions. He is still quite lazy but that isnt going to change in just a couple rides. He…

Added by Amanda Hoss on October 12, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Do Horses Prefer One Gender Rider Over the Other?

Hi Julie,

I've got a question about our five-year-old Paint gelding. My wife swears that he prefers men riders to women riders. I'm almost to conclude the same thing, even though I really am skeptical about that. It seems the women who have ridden him, including my wife, have had him act up consistently, and are fearful of him.…


Added by Julie Goodnight on October 11, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

October 8th, 2010

I had a western riding lesson today. I guess it wasnt exactly a riding lesson as much as it was tips and help with getting the most out of Harley. My plan is to use him next year as my gymkhana horse. I had wanted to use Bentley but my western trainer thinks that his conformation will cause him problems when I really start to push him for speed. Im bummed about this. I dont want to do anything to Bentley that… Continue

Added by Amanda Hoss on October 9, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

October 5, 2010

Im a little bummed today. It was raining here today and I didnt get to ride or work with any of my horses. There was a small window mid afternoon that the weather broke and I could have taken advantage of it but didnt. I feel really guilty when I waste an oppurtunity to ride and play with my babies.

Yesterday though, I did ride two horses and worked with Fergie.

I rode Harley… Continue

Added by Amanda Hoss on October 6, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Learn To Ride With Soft Hands

Hi Guys,

Riding with soft hands is an awesome goal, and your horse will thank you for it. In this training tip, I'm going to give you both some simple physical exercises and also some fun mental exercises to help you achieve this goal.

Here are 2 physical exercises.

1. Tie two reins or ropes or even two pieces of baling twine to a sturdy fence. Hold the ropes as if they are reins. Take up a contact of at least 10 pounds in each hand. Then, adjust the weight…


Added by Jane Savoie on October 1, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Dressage saddle, wow!

I have a small Quarter Horse, a passive-aggressive mare that had been badly abused and was starved half to death when I got her seven months ago. From the beginning, she has disliked every Western saddle I have tried on her and is none too fond of my Jeffries Falcon Hawk either, even though it fit her fairly well. I have been tearing my hair out trying to figure out what to put on her back.… Continue

Added by barbara righton on October 1, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

New U.S. Western Dressage Association

The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) has been established as a Colorado non-profit organization by passionate members of the U.S. western horse community to combine the culture of the American western horse and the discipline of…


Added by Marge Mullen on September 29, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Ladies: if you buy a Roping saddle, buy a vibrator too, you'll need one

For years, I bought, sold, repaired and even made a few western saddles. I loved to carve leather, so I would spend hours, days, and even weeks making elaborate designs on the fenders, swells and skirts.

Here is the funny thing, I was like the shoe maker who did not own a pair of his own shoes.

Neither did my husband.…

Daily Oats: Don't lope in a Roper Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on September 27, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

When Your Horse Tries to Stop at the Gate


I have a Tennessee walker and she rides around the arena fine until she passes the gate. Then it happens, she starts to walk sideways in to the gate. I am a new rider so I'm not sure what to do. When I try to correct her she thinks I'm telling her to stop. How do I do it?

Your horse is simply gate sour and wants to stop at the gate and go out of it and back to the barn. All horses have this tendency, if not handled correctly, and it is sometimes…


Added by Julie Goodnight on September 24, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Good Day :)

So I'm pretty new to blogging, but I decided that I had a super day today and it would be fun to at least document some of it. Today was Treasure's third show of the year (second show away from home) and he was absolutely brilliant!! I think today was the first time he went to a show and didn't spook at anything - a milestone for sure! He was a bit quick for the judge's liking in our Western…


Added by Alaina M. on September 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

September 17 2010

Today was a beautiful day. I tried to work all my horses but only got a few done. Its all good though.


I did ground work with Fergie, (Painted Beauty), (my newest baby a 3 yo paint. The filly from my late paint mare, B (My Bayou Beauty). I got her completely green. So I am starting from scratch.)

I lunged Fergie in the arena with a western…


Added by Amanda Hoss on September 17, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Here's How To Have A Great Ride Everyday!

Hi Guys,

Attitude is a choice. You don't have to have a bad day. Here are 3 simple ways to insure that every ride you have with your horse is a great one!

1. Learn to see things in shades of grey.

Want to know how to have a great ride everyday? Stop expecting perfection. Don't look at training and competing in black or white terms. Instead, learn to see things in "shades of gray". The key to seeing shades of gray is to recognize…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 17, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

The Importance of Posting on the Correct Diagonal

Hi Julie,

Try to settle this discussion - please! Is posting on the correct "diagonal" only important in English riding? I always thought it was about the horse's balance in a bend....some say it's just not a "western thing"...and will post in a western saddle, but not with any regard for the diagonal???



You are correct that posting…


Added by Julie Goodnight on September 11, 2010 at 11:30pm — 10 Comments

Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind to Overcome Fear

Hi Guys,

One of the biggest mistakes riders make when we're trying to overcome horseback riding fears is that we direct our efforts toward the conscious mind. You know--willpower, iron-jawed determination. The problem with that strategy is that you can only make short-term, temporary changes when you direct your efforts to your conscious mind. To make permanent changes, direct your efforts to the part of your brain that truly determines your actions--your subconscious mind.…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 3, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Natural Horsemanship Solutions: Join Up

Join Up – get your horse to catch you!


Have you ever gone into the paddock to catch your horse and your horse keeps running away from you?

Do you ever head to the paddock…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on August 29, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

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