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No-Stirrup November: Exercises To Make Dropping Your Irons Less Painful

No-Stirrup November: Exercises To Make Dropping Your Irons Less Painful

Julie Winkel shares her thoughts on working without stirrups, including what exercises she likes and dislikes.
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How to Prepare for Equitation Finals

How to Prepare for Equitation Finals

Karen shares her strategy for preparing her students for equitation finals.
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A Judge’s Look at the 2018 Dover USEF Hunt Seat Medal Finals

A Judge’s Look at the 2018 Dover USEF Hunt Seat Medal Finals

Geoff Teall reflects on what goes into judging one of the most prestigious equitation Medal finals in the country.
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An Exercise to Teach a Horse to Collect the Canter and Not Break to the Trot

An Exercise to Teach a Horse to Collect the Canter and Not Break to the Trot

Rob Gage shares his favorite exercise to teach a horse to keep cantering and stop breaking to the trot.
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Stop Your Horse From Swapping Leads Behind in The Canter

Stop Your Horse From Swapping Leads Behind in The Canter

Karen Healey gives us an insightful look into why horses swap leads behind at the canter and exercises riders can do to prevent the swap.
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How to Encourage Your Horse to Relax and Lengthen the Canter When Nervous at a Horse Show

How to Encourage Your Horse to Relax and Lengthen the Canter When Nervous at a Horse Show

Julie Winkel gives a member an exercise to get her horse to lengthen his stride at shows where he tends to get nervous "bottle up."
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How To Ride Different Types Of Jumps

How To Ride Different Types Of Jumps

Linda Allen explains how track, pace, and balance are often more important when it comes to finding the right take-off spot to various types of jumps.
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Posting The Canter

Posting The Canter

Bernie Traurig, Julie Winkel, Geoff Teall, Stacia Madden, Karen Healey, and Jim Wofford share their thoughts on the common habit of posting the canter.
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Ask The Experts

The Ultimate Way to Get Help From Equestrian Professionals Without Leaving Your Home

You have the ear of our panel of experts and they want to help you. From riding tips, legal advice, insurance questions or getting over fear, our lineup of equestrian professionals is here for you.

Ask the Experts is available to monthly, annual and lifetime members of EquestrianCoach.com.

But whether you are a member or not, you can still browse through the many answers given by our panelists. Your question just might already have an answer!

Our Panel of Experts

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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...
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…

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…

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…

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Equine Transactional Law

Cynthia Redwine Martinez is a lifelong equestrian, business lawyer and co-founder of Equine Exchange.  She breeds Holsteiner horses for show jumping and enjoys competing in the amateur jumper divisions.  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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

Our Bloggers

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Equine Transactional Law

Cynthia Redwine Martinez is a lifelong equestrian, business lawyer and co-founder of Equine Exchange.  She breeds Holsteiner horses for show jumping and enjoys competing in the amateur jumper divisions.  She…

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 is a 14-year-old rider who grew up riding on the West Coast. Equitation and Jumpers have always been her love, although she spent a year in the junior…

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…

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Bernie’s Must-Reads for the Die-Hard Equestrian

Here’s a look at a handful of books that Bernie considers valuable reading for those looking to supplement their equestrian education.

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Bernie Traurig

At Equestrian Coach our passion is education. We are here to help riders learn something new, tackle a problem or brush up on something they already know. Providing valuable resources to riders is what makes us tick. Essentially, we want all equestrians to have access to affordable, quality education from the best coaches in the sport, regardless of their background, their riding level, or their geographic location. So this blog is going to be all about education. We will be sharing tips, lessons, exercises, experiences and so much more, all to enhance the education of our blog followers.

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Founder of EquestrianCoach.com

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