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Bareback & Bridleless Jumping


This is an absolutely lovely video of a woman jumping 6 feet, bareback and at one point bridle-less.  She is an absolutely outstanding rider.  This horse also appears to be quite good at dressage as well.


Jumping Lesson 5


Show jumping lesson #5 with Altamonte Show Stables.  Here we worked more on creating an even cadence to the walk, trot, and canter then some canter work. Finally, a number of small jumping sets were completed and evaluated.  Instructor is Brody Robertson who is a master rider, trainer and jump designer.  Horse is Aurora Borealis von Jorrit, a Friesian Cross.


Jumping from the Horse’s Perspective

Horse is free jumping with trainer on the ground.  Taping is being done by the horse. 😉




Horse Training – The Basics of Showing in Western Pleasure


Author: Lynn Baber

Western Pleasure classes are included in most breed and open circuit horse shows. Horse owners looking for ways to have more fun with their horses often pick the pleasure class as the first attempt in their new show career. Because the class routine itself is not very complicated new exhibitors are frequently confused and disappointed by their lack of early success. Here are the basics of Western Pleasure competition and the qualities the judge looks for in a winner.

Western Pleasure Is Not As Simple As Many Think

Horsemanship is similar to other sports like dancing and gymnastics. Unless you have dedicated a considerable amount of time and study to them, you won’t have a clue about how to evaluate differences among couples on the dance floor or gymnasts performing their floor exercises. Judging a ‘simple’ class like Western Pleasure is really quite complicated.

In a Western Pleasure competition, each horse and rider team performs three gaits going one way in the arena, then reverse and do the same three gaits the other way. At some point they will also be required to back up. The three gaits are walk, jog and lope. How difficult could that be to score?

Western Pleasure is actually quite technical regardless of how simple it seems. Many riders compete in Western Pleasure and never truly understand what the judge looks for when selecting the winners and placing the riders from first to last. In a pleasure class only the horse’s performance is judged, not the rider’s. Riders are judged in horsemanship and equitation classes. Read more »


World Equestrian Federation 2011 $500,000 Jump-off

Here are some fine examples of jumping horses and riders.  I think it is important to watch a lot of good jumpers in order to continue to improve.


George H Morris Jumping Clinic Snippet 2010

The above video is a snippet from a George Morris jumping clinic.  George Morris is one of the world’s best jumpers and instructors.  His riding style is fluid and gentle.  Watch how lightly these horses are ridden.  USHJA offers full clinic videos for sale.


How to Stop Bucking

My friend’s 10-year old Mustang has been bucking on the trail. Is there a way to get this to stop?

Whenever dealing with a bucking horse, the first thing I would do is try to eliminate a physiological problem. Are you causing the horse pain while riding? A few quick and easy checks:

• Abrasions on the gums or face. Is your gear causing unnecessary pain or discomfort?
• Saddle fit: When you remove the saddle, are there dry patches of skin. Does the saddle abraid the skin?
• Lunge the horse and check his limbs for heat.
• Have a farrier check his feet for abscess or other signs of soreness.
If you do not find anything with these simple checks, you may want to consult a veterinarian. It is quite possible that your veterinarian may not find an issue.

If you are a very confident with a rider, you may want to evaluate your riding technique. Riders often inadvertently cause problems. Start by asking yourself, are you being snatchy with the reins; this means do you leave the reins slack and then suddenly catch the horse in the mouth? Do you have quiet legs? Unquiet legs send conflicting signals. Are you overly submissive when working your horse? Are you the leader? Learn how to do the emergency stop, where you pull your horse in a circle as it is very difficult for him to buck or rear in this position. Be sure to stretch him beforehand. If he does buck, put your weight in your heals, and put your heals down to anchor your position. Then drive the horse forward.

If you find yourself fearing your horse after being bucked off a few times too many, then you may want to consult a professional. At this point, the horse can be “restarted” for a week or two with lunging, positive reinforcement and teaching a lot of forward momentum. There is really no cue for “don’t buck,” so rather than telling your horse what not to do, give your horse something else to think about. Ask him to step over a log, sidepass or speed up into a circle.

A goofy thing that was taught to me by a Texas riding instructor is that when a horse rears, crack an egg over its head. He will think he is bleeding and it may prevent him from doing it in the future. I tried it once and it did work on the young horse I was riding; but I am certain it depends on the reason behind the behavior.

Do you have horse training questions? Email with your question. We will do our best to get it answered for you soon.


2nd Lesson with Altamonte Show Stables

Flat work with Brody Robinson at Altamonte Show Stables.




Beginning Dressage

I started my riding career riding hunters, but if I could do it again, I would have started with Dressage.  I say this because I believe dressage to be an excellent foundation for all riding disciplines.  It encourages a correct, balanced and active seat and light hands for the rider and teaches the horse to move in a frame that develops and strengthens the back while encouraging the horse to use his hind end.

Types of Horseback Riding – A Beginners Guide to Choosing a Horse Riding Style


Before you buy or lease a horse, or even take lessons, you need to determine which discipline you are interested in. Each of these disciplines includes different types of tack (riding equipment like saddles and bridles) and the rider also assumes different riding positions in the saddle. For example, in saddle seat, the rider sits further back on the horse’s back.

Your choice of riding style is a personal one. You should choose a discipline that appeals to you. Some of the most common disciplines include Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western and Saddle Seat.

Hunt Seat

The English discipline of hunt seat originated from the British sport of fox hunting. Hunt Seat is probably one of the most popular disciplines in the world. If you are interested in jumping, then this could be the discipline for you. It is not uncommon for those who do hunt seat to go on to do show jumping, which is a timed sport involving higher jumps. Many people who participate in hunt seat also participate in horse shows where horse and rider are judged over fences (jumping) and on the flat (at the walk, trot and canter). Although many people who ride hunt seat ride Thoroughbred horses, this is changing and we are seeing more Warmbloods.

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