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Kids on the Trail

By Stan Walchuk, Jr. - We always talk about doing things right - the right training, riding method, gear, and discipline – but there is no escaping the fact that kids will be kids. They do not have the physical size and strength of an adult, the same ability to discipline, the same control, or the same focus and concentration to work through issues.

Bridling the Western Horse

With Kathy Slack - Just started out riding? Looking for tips for bridling a horse for the Western disciplines? Kathy Slack guides you through the process, step by step, in this comprehensive, easy to follow video tutorial.

Saddling the Western Horse

With Kathy Slack - Just started out riding? Looking for tips for saddling a horse for the Western disciplines? Kathy Slack guides you through the process, step by step, in this comprehensive, easy to follow video tutorial.

By Heather Sansom - Riding can be a fantastic growth opportunity for children. Like any other sport, riding provides ample circumstances for children to learn great life skills like good sportsmanship, responsibility, commitment, and active lifestyle habits. Being in a relationship with another living creature and accomplishing tasks together adds further benefits.

By Heather Sansom - As riders, younger children are best introduced to as wide a variety of equestrian disciplines as possible. There is plenty of time for them to specify as they mature and start to show clear strengths and tendencies. In the meantime, fostering a healthy sportsmanship and leadership attitude, and other qualities such as patience and self-discipline early on, will provide them with psychological tools to excel under pressure later in life.

Treats in Horse Training

By Lindsay Grice - Although food rewards can definitely reinforce a lesson, in my experience the drawbacks of using food rewards far exceed the benefits. While it is important to reward horses to affirm every correct response, I feel there are other more valuable ways of doing so.

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Every young horse girl dreams of total immersion in equestrian activities, but often school and other recreational activities interfere. Students at Queen Margaret’s School (QMS), in Duncan, BC, no longer have to choose between their passion for horses and excellence in academics.

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