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Improve Your Event Horse’s Adjustability

Adjustability to go from a ground-covering gallop to a shortened canter is one of the most important skills an event horse uses to tackle a technical course. With tighter turns and tougher questions, horses are continually asked to alter their stride, speed, and pace. “I feel like cross-country or show jumping these days is all about adjustability,” says trainer and…

Bad Habit Breakers—Gadgets to Fix Common Riding Problems

Many riders grow up having their instructors chant the same old phrases. “Heels down,” “shoulders back,” and “hands up” are some of the more common ones. What’s funny is that even after years, most still struggle with these bad habits. Verbal conditioning has not served us justice. Finally, our saviors have been invented to help aid the battle against bad…

16 Equine Nutrition Facts

A healthy horse starts on the inside, so it is important to provide your horse with top-notch nutrition in order for him to perform his best. But it can be tough to separate fact from fiction when there is so much confusion and so many opinions on how a horse’s digestive system works and what they should be fed. Thankfully,…

Back on Track with McLain Ward

  ©Photo Art by Jill For years, McLain Ward has been a force to be reckoned with. His accolades include a 2015 Pan American Games Team Bronze Medal, winning two Team Gold Medals as a representative in the U.S. at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing, respectively, and now earning the title as the 2017 FEI…

Tools of the Trade—The Use of Artificial Training Tools

What is an artificial training tool? Look it up and you’ll get a vague description that varies between disciplines, barns, and trainers. From traditional tack seen in the hunter and jumper rings like martingales to those only allowed outside the show ring such as draw reins, these types of tack are commonly seen in use for a reason—they are great tools for training horses. Although…

Do-It-Yourself Tips and Tricks for Around the Barn

Roll Up Your Sleeves

If there are two things every single equestrian on earth is lacking, it’s time and money. Vet bills, lesson costs, grain, and, you know, trying to be a productive member of society outside of the horse world can take quite the toll on funds and sanity. Unfortunately—even though we keep asking the universe to stop—things break, problems arise, and solutions need to be found. These tried-and-true…

Making Memories—A Look Back At Equestrians’ Favorite Moments of 2016

PHOTOS: (Top right) Courtesy of Jennifer Jelich; (Top Left) Brant Gamma Photography; (Bottom Right) Jane Carlton 2016 was certainly a year to remember—with the Rio Olympics, Michael Jung winning the Grand Slam of Eventing, and the first $1 million prize check handed out in show jumping, equestrians had plenty to celebrate. Equine Journal asked top riders and trainers what qualified as their most…

Get in the Mental Game for Riding

Heels down. Shoulders Back. Eyes Up. We can likely all recite the classic ways to improve riding. But one important body part often gets overlooked—the brain. While controlling a 1,500-pound animal is second nature to most riders, controlling anxious thoughts takes a whole different skillset. Here, we spoke to top equine mental skills coaches to understand how to get and keep your mind in the game. MOTIVE AND MOTIVATION…