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The Free Horse

By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 26 June 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 334
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The Free Horse
Sounds good doesn’t it? Well. Free always does.

Mastering The Half-Pass - By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 20 April 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 572
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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).

The Rein Back

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

  • 18 March 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 729
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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.

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: 1022
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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.

My Horse is Afraid of Me

How to gain your horse's trust

  • 19 October 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 889
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My Horse is Afraid of Me
An Arab mare arrived for retraining with a disturbingly common problem of fear and distrust of people.   My barn is often the last stop for horses before being sent to auction or euthanized due to dangerous behavior, and this mare was facing the same fate if I failed at connecting and retraining her.  The owner of this beautiful horse was grief stricken and disillusioned after bringing her once sweet, trusting mare home from a six month stint with a professional trainer.  She now has a dangerous horse that spooks, bolts and is afraid of her owner and people in general.

Endurance Riding

Many Miles and A lot of Fun

  • 3 October 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 1223
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Endurance Riding

By Sarah Milicia

 Endurance riding is an equestrian sport based on controlled long distance races. There are two main types of long-distance riding: Competitive trail riding and endurance rides. In a competitive trail ride, riders cover a marked trail for a distance usually between 15 and 40 miles per day.

For your horse’s sake: Salt needs more attention during hot months

  • 20 July 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 2363
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Your horse sweats more during the summer, making electrolyte supplementation worth considering. But electrolytes alone will not protect against dehydration. Your horse needs to have enough sodium (salt). One ounce per day (two tablespoons) is adequate for maintenance during cool months, but hot, humid weather calls for at least two ounces per day, and more if your horse is in work of any kind.

Article by By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

What Every Horse Needs, Period.

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 885
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The horse world is cluttered with feeds, supplements, and remedies all promising a better, “new and improved” horse. While many such products do in fact improve horses’ health and condition, there are certain basics that every horse needs, regardless of breed, age, condition, or purpose. Even seasonal or regional changes do not alter these foundational principles. Water is the most important nutrient.

7 Tips for Overcoming Fear

  • 26 April 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 771
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"Your horse is normal”, I said. My client explained, “I’m scared when she runs around loose in the arena and throws a buck.” I responded, “So maybe she wants to run around a bit, go ahead and let her free-school. It’s okay if she throws a few bucks, it’s healthy and normal.”
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