Back it up!

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Many Working Equitation obstacles require rein back. There is straight rein back, L , T, and slalom. A horse and rider that can back straight or on a designated pattern display lightness, balance, and control.  The rein back should be treated as any gymnastic exercise. The horse needs to be properly coordinated in order to […]

Simplify Your Gate Skills

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Featured image: Nicole Grous, photo by Michael T. Photography Gate training is indispensable  to any rancher’s horse. Working Equitation is designed to show the skills necessary to maneuver obstacles that closely represent the athleticism of a working ranch horse. Teamwork and focus are essential to tackling obstacles similar to those found in the fields. Where […]

Corners Matter!

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Bending your horse through a corner not only helps with suppleness, it’s also important for balance in your Dressage tests and also in those tight turns in Ease of Handling. We always want to strive for our horse bending around our inside leg, not pushing or bracing against our leg. The corners in your Dressage […]

The Importance of Nurturing Growth

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By: Julie Alonzo Since 2012, I’ve helped organize slightly more than 100 working equitation competitions, ranging from schooling shows with six entered to national championship competitions where we capped entries at 50. Overwhelmingly, I’ve found that the vast majority of North Americans participating in this sport are in it, primarily, for the opportunity it gives […]

Working Your Dressage

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WE United member and “R” judge Kim Peterson, New South Wales, Australia, wrote the following reflection on things to consider as you are training for and riding your WE Dressage tests. Of course, the advice applies equally well to other forms of dressage.  We hope you find Kim’s suggestions helpful.  WORKING DRESSAGE. After judging 40 […]