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Teaching a Horse to Ride Himself

Ronnie Mutch, leading rider and trainer, prescribes detailed training routines and gymnastic exercises that he uses to correct problems of style and attitude in his show horses.

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Show-Ring Fixes

Top hunter rider Keri Kampsen shares a five-part strategy to make the most of a round gone wrong

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How to Discourage Knockdowns

Top hunter, jumper and equitation trainer Scott Lico shares strategies to help a horse who knocks down rails while jumping.

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How To Teach Your Horse to Bend

Trainer Jordan Linstedt offers advice on how you can make your horse more supple.

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Mental Skills Coach Tonya Johnston: Inside Your Ride with Phillip Dutton

Sports psychologist Tonya Johnston shares some practical tools for increasing your mindfulness during a ride after catching up with eventer Phillip Dutton.

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How To Sit the Trot Without Bouncing

A top dressage trainer offers helpful tips on how riders can master the sitting trot.

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Overcoming Speed Bumps In Your Riding

Top trainer Jim Wofford offers some helpful hints to help you get back on the right track with your riding.

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How to Pull Your Horse's Mane

Top equine groom Liv Gude shares her tips for pulling a horse's mane.

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Riding Solo Safely

Riding alone can be dangerous. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your horse safe on your solo adventures.

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How to Stop Your Horse from Swapping Leads

Learn some tips to keep your horse from swapping his canter leads.

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Teach Your Horse to Pick Up His Feet Over Fences

Grand prix jumper Wilhelm Genn explains how to teach a young horse to overcome his difficulty learning to jump.

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Horses Behaving Strangely

Learn the reasons behind many puzzling horse behaviors and what you can do to manage them.

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How to Make Your Horse Comfortable on the Cross-ties

Hunter/jumper trainer Julia Seltz explains how to help your horse feel comfortable on cross-ties.

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Help Your Horse Handle Hot-Shoeing

A reader asks: How do I ease my horse's fear of hot-shoeing?

The galloping and speed work involved in racing create muscling over the horse's topline that looks and feels tighter than on a typical riding horse. © Frank Sorge/arnd.nl

Are My Horse's Spookiness and Stiffness Connected?

U.S. Eventing Association certified instructor Steuart Pittman Jr. explains how a horse's stiffness and spookiness can be related.

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How to Keep Your Horse From Stopping to Kick or Bite at Flies in the Middle of a Ride

Eventer Tik Maynard suggests a multi-faceted approach to fly control and explains how teaching a horse to focus can help her work through the discomfort that flies present.

Ride your horse on the trails with a braver horse to help him gain confidence. © Arnd Bronkhorst

How Do I Instill Confidence in My Horse?

Kristin Hardin explains how to develop confidence in a horse who is nervous when ridden on the trail or without a standing martingale.

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Points to Consider: Jump with the Motion of Your Horse

Jim Wofford discusses two positions needed to ride in eventing's jumping phases, show jumping and cross country.

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A Fix for Hugging the Rail

Use these simple exercises to keep your horse from running your knees into walls and fence posts.

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Oops! My Horse Stumbles!

Stumbling in horses is serious business. Here's advice from a veterinarian and a trainer on dealing with this dangerous problem.

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Teach Your Horse to Stand Calmly in the Cross-ties

Learn top professional horse groom Laurie Pitts' four-step method for teaching your horse basic ground manners.

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Up and Over: Stop Horse Rears and Backward Falls

What should you do if your horse rears and flips over backward?and how can you prevent it?

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5 Minutes to Improve Your Riding: Head Position

Use this five-minute fix to position your head for better riding. A well-balanced head makes it easier to look for your turns and move freely with your horse's motion. Excerpted from 50 5-Minute Fixes to Improve Your Riding by Wendy Murdoch.