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Mastering The Half-Pass - By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 20 April 2017
  • Author: canpubco
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Mastering The Half-Pass - By Nikki Alvin-Smith
The half-pass should be a floating effortless movement for the horse. This is one of my favorite movements to ride, as this lateral movement truly is a dance. It is also one of the most beneficial movements for the horse as it helps to develop suppleness in the horse’s back particularly in his sacro-iliac area. It affirms whether the horse is evenly engaging both hind legs and whether he is lifted and free in his shoulders and truly moving forward to the bit with a soft correct contact. It also enhances his ability to shift his center of gravity and to flex and develop his musculature as on one side his muscles are contracted (concave side) and the other the muscles are elastic and stretching (convex side).

LeMoyne College Riding Team Growing Strong

Equestrian Team competes in IHSA hunt seat division in Zone 2 - Region 2 in Syracuse NY.

  • 28 March 2017
  • Author: canpubco
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LeMoyne College Riding Team Growing Strong

By: Cameron Liddell

 

The Le Moyne College Equestrian Team is an Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association hunt seat team that competes in Zone 2 Region 2 in Syracuse NY. The team has a maximum of fifteen riders per season competing in divisions from Walk/Trot to Open Equitation Over Fences and everything in between. Currently there are 370+ schools and over 8,300 students throughout the United States and Canada that compete in the IHSA. The IHSA also offers scholarships and many networking opportunities for all levels of riders

The Rein Back

~ Going Backwards to Progress Forwards - By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 18 March 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 420
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The Rein Back
Is your horse truly submissive and obedient? Is your horse truly forward and does the action of the rein go through his whole body equally on both sides. If the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, then the rein back will be easy to achieve and show artistry and engagement. It is an extremely beneficial exercise for the horse when correctly executed as it engages his core, strengthens his top-line and develops strength in the gaskin and suppleness through the hips. It also increases flexion of all joints in the hind end. All these benefits are of immeasurable importance as you develop your horse to piaffe, passage, pirouettes and expressive flying changes (all of which topics are covered in the recent issues of Horse Bits Magazine). The rein back is also used in training other English disciplines and also in Western training.

Out of Chaos Comes Compassion

From Tragedy to Tenderness an Equine Rescue is Born in Cazenovia, N.Y.

  • 20 February 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 320
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Out of Chaos Comes Compassion
by Elizabeth J. Dana

Whether you believe in fate or miracles, out of chaos and tragedy rose the birth of compassion. It began, as all tragedies seem to do with a phone call, three years ago from the Central New York SPCA, detailing the discovery of 14 wild, starving ponies abandoned in a snowy field, with no access to food or water and many horses from the herd already dead.

Troxel Helmets Announces New Helmet Designs

in Popular Fallon Taylor Collection

  • 20 February 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 370
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Troxel Helmets Announces New Helmet Designs
February 6, 2016; San Diego, CA - Troxel LLC, the worldwide leader in ASTM/SEI-certified equestrian helmets, announced today that they’ll be releasing seven new graphics in their popular Fallon Taylor helmet collection.

Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

Dates and Locations for Finals Announced

  • 1 February 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 405
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Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

The Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Program plays an important role in developing top Jumping riders by encouraging Junior and Young Riders to develop the skills that lay the groundwork for future international successes.

The Prince of Dressage ~ The Canter Pirouette

Mastering the canter pirouette is not as hard as you may think. Like any dressage movement it simply requires correct preparation. By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 26 January 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 673
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The Prince of Dressage ~ The Canter Pirouette
The iconic Carl Hester teaches it saying you need two things; a good walk pirouette and a canter on the spot. While that is essentially true, there are a variety of components that must also be in place and not assumed.

Harry and Snowman

Award winning documentary

  • 20 January 2017
  • Author: Horsebits
  • Number of views: 414
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Harry and Snowman

Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods. They were famous for their day and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit.

Successful Stallion Selection Starts Here

By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 17 January 2017
  • Author: Horsebits
  • Number of views: 345
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Successful Stallion Selection Starts Here
January and February are the prime months for stallion selection in the horse breeding world. Thoroughbred farms are busy with foals hitting the floor already and the other breeds are not far behind.

Equestrian Organizations to Take Part in Inaugural Parade

Washington, DC

  • 17 January 2017
  • Author: Horsebits
  • Number of views: 310
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Equestrian Organizations to Take Part in Inaugural Parade
On January 20th, the transfer of power in Washington, DC officially begins with the traditional Inaugural Parade.
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