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When Do You Teach A Rider To Put A Horse On The Bit?

When do You Teach a Rider to Put a Horse on the Bit?

Julie Winkel talks about the importance of teaching novice riders good basics before they learn how to get a horse on the bit.

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Tips To Slow Down A Thoroughbred Who Rushes At Jumps

Tips to Slow Down a Thoroughbred Who Rushes at Jumps

Geoff Teall shares his thoughts on how to encourage a quick Thoroughbred to slow down before a jump.

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Troubleshooting: The Automatic Release And Seeing Distances

Troubleshooting: The Automatic Release and Seeing Distances

Linda Allen helps out an amateur rider who has picked up some bad habits due to her lack of confidence with distances.

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How To Build A Horse’s Confidence Without Over Jumping Them

How to Build a Horse's Confidence Without Over Jumping Them

Julie Winkel answers a member's question on often she should jump her Thoroughbred horse.

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How To Ride A Hunter With A Soft Mouth That Tends To Over-flex

How to Ride a Hunter with a Soft Mouth that Tends to Over-flex

Geoff Teall shares his training philosophies with a member whose hunter horse likes light contact and often gets behind the bit.

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Nosebands And Martingales: Fitting And Use

Nosebands and Martingales: Fitting and Use

Julie Winkel shares her philosophies on when to use and how to fit various nosebands and martingales.

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The Realities Of Falling Off Your Horse

The Realities of Falling Off Your Horse

Linda Allen discusses why riders often fall off their horses, tips to prevent it, and how to overcome inevitable falls.

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Barn Management: Communication Is Key

Barn Management: Communication is Key

Barn management expert, Nicole Lakin, shares tips on how to improve communication between grooms, trainers, and barn managers.

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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…

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…

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,…

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,…

Jim Wofford

Jim Wofford

Eventing

JCW on Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thompson's Rockingham

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

New Video Release

Learning to Jump Part 6 – Jumping in the Field

The students and their ponies move from the ring to the field to continue their jumping skills. Susan instructs them over a bending line of natural jumps, working to improve the riders’ position and release as they gain confidence over larger fences in an open setting.

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learning to jump in the field

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Bernie Traurig

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