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Stop Your Hands From “Posting The Trot”

Stop Your Hands From “Posting The Trot”

Verena Mahin shares three exercises to help keep your hands still at the posting trot.
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Are Pelham Bits Frowned Upon in the Hunter Ring?

Are Pelham Bits Frowned Upon in the Hunter Ring?

Julie Winkel puts on her judges hat to shed some light on whether specific bits and martingales are judged differently in the hunter ring.
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Does Your Horse Rush Through Trot Poles?

Does Your Horse Rush Through Trot Poles?

Stacia Madden shares the exercises and positions she has her students do to stop a horse from speeding up at the trot over poles on the ground.
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How To Keep Your Heels Down Over The Jump

How To Keep Your Heels Down Over The Jump

Julie Winkel gives a member tips on how to stop standing on her toes when jumping.
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Why It’s Harder to Keep Your Horse Round in the Canter

Why It’s Harder to Keep Your Horse Round in the Canter

Karen Healey gives insight on why horses get flat in the canter and tips on how to overcome this common issue.
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Bernie’s Top Ten Most Common Clinic Observations

Bernie’s Top Ten Most Common Clinic Observations

Bernie shares with us the issues he sees most at clinics.
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What To Do When Your Horse Freezes

What To Do When Your Horse Freezes

Julie Winkel explains the importance of understanding why a young horse may freeze when another comes up behind him and ways to overcome this behavior.
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Deep Heels vs Shock Absorbing Heels

Deep Heels vs Shock Absorbing Heels

Bernie helps clarify what "deep heels" means in riding and why they are important.
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Jim Wofford

Jim Wofford

Eventing
Wofford has had at least one student on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship, and Pan-American team since 1978. All four members of the U.S. Bronze medal team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics...
Linda Allen

Linda Allen

Course Designer & Judge

Linda Allen (Jumper, Course Design) - is an accomplished Olympic Course Designer, Clinician, Judge, Equestrian Facility Design Consultant and Author. For more than 45 years, Linda has been a fixture in…

Karen Healey

Karen Healey

Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Trainer & Judge

Karen began her professional career working for George Morris at Hunterdon 1971-1974. Following that she worked at Boulder Brook and Tewksbury with such riders as Ruthann Bowers, Freddie and Daisy…

Blair Cooper (Farrier)

Blair Cooper (Farrier)

Farrier

Blair Cooper is a certified Farrier in Temecula, California. He was brought up in Northern British Columbia, Canada where his family farmed and raised Quarter horses. At a young age,…

Dr. Heather Mack

Dr. Heather Mack

Holistic Horse Health

Dr. Heather Mack was born and raised in Pennsylvania surrounded by nature and animals. She always wanted to become a veterinarian and to move out West. She began riding horses…

Nicole Lakin

Nicole Lakin

Web-Based Barn Management

Who am I? I ask not in the deep philosophical way, but in the “why should you read my blog posts” way. I am a lot of things to a…

Robin Martinez

Robin Martinez

Fitness & Nutrition

Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, Robin was always active, she began seriously perusing riding while at Camelot Riding Club under the expert instruction of Raizy Goffman and…

Tonya Johnston

Tonya Johnston

Mental Skills Coach

Tonya Johnston, MA, is an Equestrian Mental Skills Coach and author with a master’s degree in applied Sport Psychology. Tonya specializes in working with equestrian athletes from disciplines such as…

Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling

IHSA Hunt Seat Coach

Assistant Professor of Equine Studies - Centenary College, New Jersey Co-Coach ANRC Team Co-Coach IHSA Team Academic Accomplishments B.A. Fairfield University  Fairfield, CT Diploma in International Relations  University of Lancaster,…

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Equine Transactional Law

Cynthia Redwine Martinez is a lifelong equestrian and business lawyer. She breeds Holsteiner horses for show jumping and enjoys competing in the amateur jumper divisions.  She has practiced business and…

Peter Wylde

Peter Wylde

Jumpers

A native of Medfield, MA, Peter Wylde worked his way up in the junior rider ranks, earning the United States' highest junior honor when he won the Rolex-Maclay National Equitation…

Larry Langer

Larry Langer

Show Management, Insurance & Business Consulting

Larry Langer founded Langer Equestrian Group, Inc. (LEG) in 1972 and has been at its helm ever since as President and CEO. Inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame…

Robert Gage

Robert Gage

Judge, Trainer & Course Designer

Judge Rob Gage is a three-time World Cup Grand Prix rider and won the Rolex Crown of Excellence (won more Grand Prix than any other rider in the US) in successive…

Verena Mahin

Verena Mahin

Dressage

Verena’s riding career began in Germany at the age of 5, when she started vaulting on a gentle Palomino owned by a family friend. This taught her the importance of…

Lisa Hollister

Lisa Hollister

Equine Law

Lisa Hollister, Esq. has been licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio since 1987 and has practiced Equine Law for the last 14 years. As an Equine Attorney,…

Denny Emerson

Denny Emerson

Eventing

One of the 50 most influential horsemen of the Twentieth Century. - The Chronicle of the Horse, 2000 Deny Emerson is the only rider to have ever won both a…

Stacia Madden

Stacia Madden

Equitation

Stacia Klein Madden stands out as one of the most successful and dedicated trainers of young, developing show jumping talent in the United States. She was a top junior rider…

Geoff Teall

Geoff Teall

Hunters & Equitation

Geoff Teall is one of the leading Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation trainers in the country. Horses and riders who have trained with Geoff have gone on to win championships,…

Olivia Loiacono

Olivia Loiacono

Eventing

After years of training, riding, and competing all over the world Olivia decided to bring her knowledge and experience back to the Southern California eventing community. Riding from a very…

Julie Winkel

Julie Winkel

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation Judge

Julie Winkel has been a licensed Hunter, Equitation, Hunter Breeding and Jumper judge since 1984. She has officiated at prestigious events such as Devon, Harrisburg, Washington International, Capital Challenge, The…

Dino Fretterd

Dino Fretterd

Certified Equine Massage Therapist

Dino previously worked on people for 17 years, specializing in muscular/skeletal dysfunction.  During this time he worked with Chiropractors and Orthopedic Surgeons aiding in their patients' recoveries. Dino has also…

Bernie Traurig

Bernie Traurig

Hunter, Jumper, Equitation

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team…

Marnye Langer

Marnye Langer

Marketing, Publicity & Sponsorship

Marnye Langer serves as LEG's Chief Financial Officer, and she is responsible for marketing and sponsorship activities. She is also the Managing Director of LEGISequine.com, an insurance agency covering all…

Our Bloggers

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Equine Transactional Law

Cynthia Redwine Martinez is a lifelong equestrian and business lawyer. She breeds Holsteiner horses for show jumping and enjoys competing in the amateur jumper divisions.  She has practiced business and…

Amanda Garner

Amanda Garner

Equestrian Education

Amanda’s first venture into riding began at age eight with a guided trail ride at a friend’s birthday party, during which the trusty mount she was astride was attacked by…

Kayleigh Burke

Kayleigh Burke

Collegiate Riding
Kayleigh is a 22-year-old equestrian raised in Northern Virginia. She began riding at the age of 5 and competed in the local equitation and hunter circuit as well as ‘A’ shows until college. Kayleigh graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2015 with her B.A. in Public Relations.
Jennie Carleton

Jennie Carleton

Equestrian Sport Writer & Historian

Jennie Carleton was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where, at the age of nine, she began riding and participating in hunter/jumper competitions along the East Coast. When the family…

Marianne Taylor

Marianne Taylor

Thoroughbred Lover & Historian

A true lover of Thoroughbred horses for the show ring, Marianne Taylor was raised on a horse and pony farm in Virginia. As a Junior, she had many VHSA year-end…

Nicole Lakin

Nicole Lakin

Web-Based Barn Management

Who am I? I ask not in the deep philosophical way, but in the “why should you read my blog posts” way. I am a lot of things to a…

Robin Martinez

Robin Martinez

Fitness & Nutrition

Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, Robin was always active, she began seriously perusing riding while at Camelot Riding Club under the expert instruction of Raizy Goffman and…

Jen Worthington

Jen Worthington

Show Mom

Jen Worthington is a show mom who tries to balance the crazy world of horses with running her own company. Having been following her child on the A circuit for…

Ally Worthington

Ally Worthington

Junior Rider

Ally Worthington grew up riding on the West Coast. Equitation and Jumpers have always been her love, although she spent a year in the junior hunters. Ally now trains with…

Alivia Hart

Alivia Hart

Junior Rider

Alivia Hart's equestrian lifestyle began with her mother riding everyday up until she was eight months pregnant with her. Growing up, she was raised on her family farm where she…

Julie Winkel

Julie Winkel

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation Judge

Julie Winkel has been a licensed Hunter, Equitation, Hunter Breeding and Jumper judge since 1984. She has officiated at prestigious events such as Devon, Harrisburg, Washington International, Capital Challenge, The…

Cori Christmann

Cori Christmann

Social Media Coordinator at EquestrianCoach.com

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada as the daughter of a trainer, Cori began riding at a young age. She spent countless hours at the local barn where her mom…

New Video Release

First Jumps Under Saddle Part 1

Linda Allen, FEI & USEF Judge, and Olympic Course Designer, introduces Palo Blanco bred 4-year-old Warmbloods to their first jumps. All Palo Blanco horses get their first experiences under saddle with Jose Alejos and then gain further confidence and miles with the professional riding staff at this beautiful Guatemalan breeding farm. In this topic, we get to see their first jumps under saddle incorporating poles with small obstacles in a series of Linda’s exercises that instill courage, foster trust with their riders and keep their new job as sport horses interesting.

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training young horses to jump

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