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Snaffle or Curb Do you know the Difference????

Posted by letsgoride on April 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

As a horse person, I have heard a lot stated about bits and bitting. A lot of what I have heard and has been published is very good, and a lot of it is written in error and steeped in misunderstanding. The topic I'd like to address in reference to bits is the difference between the two types of bits: the snaffle and the curb



There are a lot of misconceptions out there surrounding this issue. The two biggest is that all curb bits...

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Rider Exercises

Posted by letsgoride on July 27, 2013 at 5:05 AM

Here are some real great ways to stretch and supple the rider when not in the saddle:

Stretch back Muscles and Hamstrings:

Good old Toe Touches- stand up straight, roll forward and down slowly trying to touch the floor with your fingertips. Hold to a count of 12. Roll up slowly.

Loosen Ankles and Stretch Calf Muscles:

Sitting in a chair with calves vertical lift toe off floor by flexing ankle. Hold for a count on 12. Then release and lift the other toe.

Ankle Ci...

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Is It Ever Too Much??

Posted by letsgoride on July 27, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Anyone who has done any reining, dressage or the like knows how monotonous it can get. Riding the same pattern over and over and over again is never a good thing. Why? Because it creates undesired results and will become counter-productive. Any professional will tell you that too much repetition in training will cause a horse to anticipate rather than respond to the riders' cue, or turn a horse sour. This is true for other aspects of training as well.



Natural ...

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My Time At the Races

Posted by letsgoride on July 27, 2013 at 4:40 AM

*** CAUTION have tissues ready! ****

It all started when yet another trainer screwed me over and left me stranded. My future was looking rather bleak, and my usually optimistic outlook on life was beginning to waiver. Out of the blue I received a phone call from a buddy of mine. He was in Iowa working on the race track and told me there was work available. Well, the timing couldn’t have been better if it was planned. After tying up all my loose ends, I found myself ...

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