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How to Back Up Your Horse on the Ground

How to Back Up Your Horse on the Ground

Philosophy There's no better sign of respect than a horse softly and quickly backing up for you on the ground. He's hustling his feet outside of your personal space, and respectfully facing you while doing it. In addition, backing on the ground lays the foundation for great backing under saddle. Without a soft backup on the ground, it's very challenging to get a soft one while riding.  As always, thanks again for digging deeper into the philosophy behind this exercise, you're already a step ahead of those who just watch the video. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure...

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How to Disengage Your Horse's Hindquarters

How to Disengage Your Horse's Hindquarters

Philosophy Disengaging the hind is an extremely undervalued groundwork exercise that all horses should know. By disengaging the hind, you are essentially shutting down your horse's motor and putting him off balance. A disengaged horse can't buck, bolt, or kick, so this exercise is perfect for preventing a wreck. In addition, it teaches respect since a disengaged horse has to face you with 2 eyes.  As always, thanks again for digging deeper into the philosophy behind this exercise, you're already a step ahead of those who just watch the video. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check...

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How to Desensitize and De-Spook a Horse

How to Desensitize and De-Spook a Horse

Desensitizing is an essential exercise for all horses to learn. It teaches them to think versus react when in a scary situation or presented with a scary object. Desensitizing also allows us to gain our horses' trust and "prove" to them we are able to guide them through a scary situation. I think we all can agree that we rather have a nice ride in the arena or stroll down the trail without spooking and looking. This exercise is perfect for building confidence in all horses.  As always, thanks again for digging deeper into the philosophy behind this exercise, you're...

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The Hidden Dangers of An All Copper Snaffle Bit

The Hidden Dangers of An All Copper Snaffle Bit

Endorsed and promoted by riders and trainers of all disciplines, the copper snaffle bit has quickly become a tack room staple. Unfortunately, an all-copper mouthpiece poses extreme danger and can cause some serious headache for you and your horse.  Copper has been used in horse bits for ages and has proved to provide some awesome benefits. From increasing equine salivation to it's antimicrobial properties, copper has been a favorite of horses and riders alike.  The problem with copper, though, is that it's a very soft metal. Like the category suggests, this makes it extremely prone to wear and tear. This...

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What is a Snaffle Bit?

What is a Snaffle Bit?

Oh the glorious snaffle bit- while being a universal and common tool amongst horse trainers and hobbyists alike, this piece of equipment has been the topic of many debates and misconceptions. Words like "shanked snaffle bit" and "argentine snaffle bit" are thrown around left and right, without much agreement on what exactly those bits are. Is "snaffle" a mouthpiece? A group of products? Or is it just 1 specific tool? Clinician Andrea Cao is here to answer some of your most asked questions and to clear the fog surrounding the bit. What it is First of all, let's start by...

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