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"Have you ever wondered what happens at a custom saddle fitting?"

Now you can see how Schleese Saddle Fitter, Denise Lenz, measures Beau (Mission Point) Beau is a Swedish Warmblood/Friesian Cross. He competes in Training Le...
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This was when we had Beau fitted for his Schleese saddle. Now you can watch the process. Not everyone needs a custom fit saddle, however, everyone should have a saddle fitter check your saddle to make sure it fits your horse.

Have you ever seen a saddler measure a horse for a saddle before?

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"Check out this amazing Horse art! See how it is showing up in 2014 decor choices"

"Check out this amazing Horse art!  See how it is showing up in 2014 decor choices" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS - A new kind of equine elegance galloped into the Winter Las Vegas Home Furnishings and Gift Market in February. It wasn't only the Year of Horse on the Chinese Lunar calendar. It was clearly the year of horse decor as well.

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I love seeing all this horse related artwork.  What about you?

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"Do you find your lower legs is sliding all over at the trot? Especially the rising trot? You are not alone!"

"What can you do after a long time off from riding? It's time to go back to the basics and focus on your riding position at the Trot" It's been a long winter...
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Finding the right balance that keeps us secure in the trot takes a little practice. Especially at the rising/posting trot. Watch what I do with Trudy to help her get a more secure lower leg and a stronger, more secure riding position. To do this I have added the neck strap so that Trudy keeps her hands where they need to be to balance her seat over her lower legs. This is what happens to most riders. Next, we start doing different exercises that will help her to focus on what she needs to be more balanced at the trot.

What do you see happening? Are you ready to try this exercise?

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"Rider position. Isolating the lower leg position. Coming back after winter. Trudy and Ani "


It's been a long winter here and Trudy has only been able to ride maybe 10 times in the past 3 months. Like most riders, she is probably not as steady with her riding position as she would like to be. We start re connecting her riding position by focusing on her lower leg position. In the process we work on issues that are common with most riders.

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"What can you do after a long time off from riding? It's time to go back to the basics and focus on your riding position!"

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"How to Teach a New Rider the Basics of Riding"

"How to Teach a New Rider the Basics of Riding" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
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We all love sharing the joy of horses with those around us. But, what should you be do, when guests arrive, who may never have ridden a horse before, but would like to try? In this article, we will explore how to introduce new riders to the fundamental concept of having fun safely, as they learn how to control a horse. 

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"The secret to finding a balanced riding position, is knowing where your seat bones (seat) is positioned. Would you like to know how you can feel where yours are? It's easy!"

"The secret to finding a balanced riding position, is knowing where your seat bones (seat) is positioned. Would you like to know how you can feel where yours are? It's easy!" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it

Horse Tip Daily  Randi Thompson on Finding Your Seatbones.  Many riders find that their seats keep slip sliding all over the saddle. This causes their legs to go all over the place. (instead of under their seat. o.

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Many riders find that their seats keep slip sliding all over the saddle. This causes their legs to go all over the place. (instead of under their seat. Listen to this short interview with Horse Tip Daily radio and with a little practice, you will be able to keep your seat where you want it to.

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"Have you heard? New Forest pony is listed as a rare breed for the first time ever

"Have you heard? New Forest pony is listed as a rare breed for the first time ever | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
The numbers of newborn New Forest ponies in Hampshire have dipped dramatically in the last five years, down from 1,463 to 423, with fewer than 3,000 breeding females registered

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We seem to be losing so many of the animals that are here with us.  Have you heard about the New Forest Ponies?

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"Did you know that your hand position... also effects your riding position?"

"Did you know that your hand position... also effects your riding position?" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
Horse Tip Daily #561 by FeedXL – Randi Thompson on Hand Position
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Listen to this short interview from Horse Tip Daily to discover how your hands can be used to make a difference in your riding. Which tip is your favorite? 

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"Do you find that your heels lift and your lower legs do something strange while you are riding transitions? You are not alone"

Do you find that your heels lift and your lower legs do something strange while you are riding transitions? You are not alone Trudy makes this awareness exer...
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Trudy makes this awareness exercise looks easy, but is not.  It will make you aware of what you are doing with your lower legs. This is when a rider is not keeping their seat over their lower legs.  Expect to be surprised at how often you drop the iron. You will also find that it will be harder with one leg that the other.  That will be your weaker leg.  Do not use this exercise for beginner riders.

What do you see happening with Trudy?  Can you see how this awareness exercise can make a difference in your riding position?

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"How does your riding position effect the way you are halting and backing your horse? Watch this video to see"

Ani has graduated to "Training Level" and is at a point in her training where Trudy is focused on riding her with her seat and legs, instead of the reins. Sh...
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We start this session by showing Trudy how to feel what her riding position is doing by focusing on how to re-balance it with ahalf halt. Once Trudy has isolated that feeling, we add it to how she is asking Ani to halt, back up and move forward. What is interesting is that you will see Ani's balance improve as Trudy focuses on old habits she needs to change. Until this session she did not realize that she had been pulling on the reins to back a horse up. Watch as Trudy starts exploring the possibilities of what she can do instead with her riding position. 

What did you see happening as Trudy becomes more aware of how she is using her riding position?

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”Would you like to know how you can keep your lower leg is in the right position?”

Would you like to know how you can keep your lower leg is in the right position? The secret is to keep your seat over your lower legs. What does that mean? W...
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It’s easy! Ok, it may not be so easy, but with practice you will be able to feel when your lower legs are supporting your riding position. The secret is to keep your seat over your lower legs. What does that mean? Watch what I do with Trudy and you will have a better understanding. We start with focusing on what she should be feeling in her lower leg than move up to seeing if she can keep connected to them as she rides up and down hills. Can you see how this awareness exercise can make a difference for your riding position? How will it change the way you focus on your lower leg position?

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"Discovery brings scientists closer to understanding tendon injury"

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Horsetalk Discovery brings scientists closer to understanding tendon injury Horsetalk Research on horse tendons in Britain has led to the discovery of a specific mechanism crucial to effective tendon function, which could reveal why older people...


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Most of us have had to deal with tendon injuries in horses.  Check out this information to you are more informed about what is happening.

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Men Doing Dressage - YouTube

Amusing Dressage Vid
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When no one is looking.... watch what they do. Have you ever played like you were a horse? I know I did when I was younger. Oh, wait. That is also how I learned to ride a dressage test. We even changed leads. Something tells me that you might have also done this. 

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"In the old days we were taught to use our heels to get a horse to move. What are you doing now?"

"In the old days we were taught to use our heels to get a horse to move forward or sideways. Those who use spurs, also tend to use their heels and as a resul...
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The facts are, when a rider uses their heels, they often are riding on their toes, their heels come up and their entire leg rolls off the saddle from the thigh down as the rider uses the back of their leg instead of the inside. When this happens, it is impossible for the riders to keep a secure, anchored lower leg position.

Watch as I show Trudy how to focus on changing a habit that most riders have. She has been using her using her heels for years. It will be easy for you to see how this affects her lower leg position

What do you see changing as Trudy gets a more secure feeling with her lower legs? 

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"What to ask an Equine Attorney. You never know when it will happen, but when it does...What do you need to know?"

"What to ask an Equine Attorney. You never know when it will happen, but when it does...What do you need to know?" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it

You can also discover more about Equine law by Joining Corinna on her blog at: http://www.ribbonsandredtape.blogspot.com/2014/02/what-to-ask-equine-lawyer.html

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In an horse related incident or accident, you are better off finding an attorney that knows about horses. Check out the ones who are in your area as soon as you can so that you can get to know them, before something may happen. If you have a horse business, you really need to talk to them anyway to make sure you are protected legally. What are you waiting for? 

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Study: Horses Prefer Sweet Tastes to Bitter Ones - TheHorse.com

Study: Horses Prefer Sweet Tastes to Bitter Ones - TheHorse.com | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it

Study: Horses Prefer Sweet Tastes to Bitter Ones TheHorse.com Now Canadian scientists have put the evidence behind the humor: recent research results showed that horses appear to react differently to sweet tastes compared to bitter.


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Not surprised by this at all....   They had to create a study to figure this out?>

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Hay: To Soak or Not to Soak?

Hay: To Soak or Not to Soak? | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it

Find out if soaking your horse's hay might be a good option, or whether unsoaked hay is the way to go. (RT @EssentialEq: #Equine feeding - an art and a science.


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What about your hay?  Or you soaking it for your horses, wetting it down?  More and more people seem to be doing this.  What about you?

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"Create Your Perfect Riding Position" Free webinar with Horse and Rider Awareness's Randi Thompson. Sign up today!

Click on the link below for more details and to reserve your seat. This event  will be recorded so you can watch it any time you want. "

Are you ready to pick up the reins and ride forward into your success?

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Join with Randi Thompson as she shows you how fix these common riding position challenges:


Slipping Saddles. When this happens you will feel like your saddle is always slipping to one side of the horse while you are riding. Your riding instructor might be telling you that one of your legs is shorter than the other. What if that is not what is really happening? Would you like to know how you can easily keep your saddle where it belongs?


Seat position.  Having your seat in the right place will make your horse more comfortable to ride and easier to influence. Where should your seat be in the saddle? How can you keep it there? Now you can see how easy it can be.


Hand Position.  If you are like most riders, your reins always seem to be slipping out of your hands.  Did you know this is also when you lose the balance of your riding position?  Fixing this challenge is easier than you might think.


Randi will be sharing the Horse and Rider Awareness techniques that are currently being use to coach riding instructors and horse trainers.  They are proven to work and are easy to understand.

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"Bode Miller wants to become a horse trainer when he retires"

"Bode Miller wants to become a horse trainer when he retires" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
SOCHI, Russia – The final run of Bode Miller’s Olympic career will likely come on Wednesday in the giant slalom. So what’s next for the greatest men’s skier in American history? More skiing next se...
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What do you think of that?  Who would have thought?

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"Riding position. Where your hands should be to get a horse on the aids"

In this session the rider's practice keeping their hands in one place, over their horse's withers. They can shorten and lengthen their reins from there. With...
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"Where does your hand position need to be so that you balance your horse between your legs and your reins?"

In this session the rider's practice keeping their hands in one place, over their horse's withers. They can shorten and lengthen their reins from there. With a light feel of both sides of the horse's mouth the riders use their legs to get the horses to step up more into the connection. That is when they can feel if the horse is balanced from their leg into the rein. As a result, the horses begin to move looser as they lift their backs and move more from their hips and shoulders. The riders position also look much better with their hands in this position. 

What do you see changing as the riders keep their hands where they need to be? Can you see the difference in how the horses are carrying themselves and responding to the riders?

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"It's that time of the year for many of us. Our horses are shedding. What are some of the tricks that you can use?

"It's that time of the year for many of us. Our horses are shedding.  What are some of the tricks that you can use? | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
The winter coat of a horse will shed out, and leave a wake of hair....Here are some tips to help this process go smoothly!
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"Help in Getting Your Woolly Mammoth to Shed Out"

By now, most of the horses in the cold regions really do look like wooly mammoths. Here are some tips from Professional Equine Grooms to help you when they start shedding. How do you get your horse to shed out faster? Is there a way or do you just wait?

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15 things you can only say in the horseworld

15 things you can only say in the horseworld | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
You know you've been spending too much time with your horsey friends when you forget to clarify in normal conversation that your love of thrusters, whips and spurs is all in relation to horses...
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A little fun for today....   Now that you look at this list you might see where non horse people might think we are a little strange.

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First of Five 2014 Foals Born to Edward Gal’s Dutch Grand Prix Star Sisther de Jeu via Embryo Transfer

First of Five 2014 Foals Born to Edward Gal’s Dutch Grand Prix Star Sisther de Jeu via Embryo Transfer | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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Looks like everyone is getting into other forms of producing foals.  Have you ever thought of embryo transfer?  

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Five foals in first year of retirement?!!

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"Now this is my kind of Valentine's card! A cowgirl with her cat"

"Now this is my kind of Valentine's card!  A cowgirl with her cat" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
"Now this is my kind of Valentine's card!"

I cowgirl with her cat. Do you have any plans for Valentine's day? (do you even celebrate it where you are?)…
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May your Valentines week be filled with happiness and love.

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"Happy Valentine's Day to all of my horsey friends"

"Happy Valentine's Day to all of my horsey friends" | Horse And Rider World | Scoop.it
"It's that time of the year! I would like to thank each of you who are a part of my journey and life here on social media. You make my heart warm and...
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Thank you for being a part of my journey on social media.  You have made a difference!

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