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Practical Horseman Extra: Lengthen His Trot Stride • Amino-Acids Report

Learn how to lengthen your horse’s trot stride, plus all about the importance of amino acids.

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Enter Practical Horseman's Virtual Hunter Over-Fences Class V

Rules, FAQs and how to enter Practical Horseman's virtual horse show

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5 Questions with John French

In the latest Practical Horseman Podcast, top hunter rider John French shares how his new partnership with Kent Farrington is working, his favorite training exercises and how he handles competition nerves.

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Practical Horseman Extra: Sharpen Show-Jumping Skills • Equine Dentistry

An eventer’s guide to clear show-jumping rounds, plus banish imbalances in your horse’s mouth

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Practical Horseman Extra: Training the Mature Hunter and Fix Crushed Heels

4 Exercises to keep your older horse fit, plus advice to treat underslung heels.

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Build a Better Bascule • Hoof-Care Tips

Improve your horse’s hunter form, plus 10 strategies to promote hoof health.

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Practical Horseman Extra: Build Rider Confidence and the Pros and Cons of Roadwork

Eventer Sharon White shares how being a leader for your horse will improve your confidence. Also, a top vet shares the pros and cons of riding on firm footing.

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Practical Horseman Extra: Sit the Trot or Not

Two questions covered in this month’s Practical Horseman Extra: Whether to sit or post the trot in a lower-level eventing dressage test and whether to put shoes on your horse or let him go barefoot.

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Improve Rideability and Braiding How-To

Frank Madden shares an exercise to improve your horse’s rideability • Master a beautiful braid job

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Kristy Herrera: Control Your Pace on Course, PLUS 10 Action Tips for an Emergency

Top hunter rider Kristy Herrera explains how to build a mental speedometer to find better distances. BONUS: An emergency action plan to help get through a critical situation until the vet arrives

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Boyd Martin: How to Ride Sunken Roads, PLUS Cross-Tying Tips

An Olympic eventer helps you prepare your horse for this cross-country question. BONUS: Tips to teach your young horse to stand calmly in cross-ties.

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Debbie McDonald: Build Trust As You Train, PLUS Senior Horse Health

This Olympic dressage rider explains how to build trust for your horse’s mind and balance for his body. BONUS: Understand the most common issues facing senior equines.

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Boyd Martin Clinic, PLUS Colic & Weather

The Olympic eventer works with riders to focus on rhythm, balance and position. BONUS: Tips to adjust your horse’s routine in variable weather to avoid colic.

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See Your Distances, PLUS Equine First-Aid Essentials

Geoff Teall shares 5 exercises to guide your horse to the ideal takeoff spot. BONUS: Create a well-stocked equine emergency first-aid kit.

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Nicholas Fyffe: Consistent Groundwork = Success in the Saddle, PLUS Equine Fitness

A better relationship with your horse on the ground translates into a better ride. BONUS: Advice to improve your horse’s fitness and health.

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Ryan Wood: Build Confidence Over Corners, PLUS Understanding Ulcers

A three-step plan to successfully introduce this cross-country obstacle to your horse. BONUS: Advice to recognize the signs of ulcers, treat the symptoms and keep this problem from recurring.

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Colleen Rutledge: Develop a Strong Galloping Position, PLUS Joint Health

A five-star rider explains her key to success—riding in balance. BONUS: Advice to manage joint disease to keep your horse moving freely.

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What is the Most Important Trait You Look for in a Horse?

Riders share what they consider first when buying or leasing a new partner.

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Trimming Your Horse's Bridlepath

Make your horse look like a million bucks with this clipper touchup to his bridlepath and 10 safe clipping tips.

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Horse Fly Spray Application: Put on Fly Spray the Right Way

Use these tips to apply your horse's fly spray (and other insect repellent formulas) for maximum effectiveness.