Training - Expert how-to for English Riders

Training

Looking for ways to boost you or your horse’s education? We offer a wide selection of training articles for riders of all levels, which include sections on specific disciplines: hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage and equitation. Also, be sure to check out our section on common problems.

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Tonya Johnston: Inside Your Ride

Our favorite equestrian mental skills coach Tonya Johnston shares way to help direct your focus and effort in the saddle. You'll also find out top show jumper Rich Fellers' tips to stay relaxed and in control during any situation.

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Weighty Matters

Grand prix dressage rider David Marcus shares how your weight aids can improve your horse’s training at every level.

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The Biomechanics Of Passage

Using the latest motion-analysis technology, researchers looked at how horses perform passage, and discovered how the movement can challenge their balance.

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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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Time for the Hourglass: Part 2

In Part 2 of our series, hunter/equitation coach Michael Dowling offers a step-by-step approach to building better track-riding skills with a creative exercise.

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Time for the Hourglass: Part 1

In the first section of our two-part series, top hunter/equitation coach Michael Dowling shares a creative jumping exercise for tuning up your position and track-riding skills.

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Part 2: Selena O'Hanlon - Take it to the Bank

Canadian eventer Selena O’Hanlon explains how to produce the correct canter in the approaches to up and down banks and how to tackle on–off banks in Part 2 of this two-part series.

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FINALLY!

The cross-country phase is why we do this sport. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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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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Take Home the Blue

Two USEF ‘R’ judges offer tips on how to ride a winning hunter round.

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Pace Yourself

Top hunter rider Kristy Herrera teaches you how to build a mental speedometer to control your pace on course to find better distances.

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Warm-up Ring Etiquette

Adhering to some basic rules while prepping horses for competition will keep everyone safe, informed and courteous.

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Warm-up Ring Etiquette

Adhering to some basic rules while prepping horses for competition will keep everyone safe, informed and courteous.

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Win a Day with Todd Minikus

A contest winner and her nine friends learn to focus on their positions, train their horses to listen to their aids and pay attention to details like turns.