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3 Keys To More Consistent Contact

3 Keys To More Consistent Contact

Contact can often look effortless for some horses and riders. And yet, for many other riders, consistent contact can seem like an enigma. Any efforts at consistency tend to lead to heaviness. Or a complete lack of any contact!  So where is this fine line between consistent, quality contact and washing lines? In order to develop contact with your horse,…

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Improving Working Contact While Out Hacking

Improving Working Contact While Out Hacking

I am all for intentional, relaxing hacks with your horse. And I also think that it’s worth remembering that not all hacks have to be for ‘doing nothing’. In fact, there are some things that may actually happen more easily when out of the arena. Working contact is, for some riders and horses, one of those things. We are always…

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4 Ways Your Hands May Be Wrong While Riding

4 Ways Your Hands May Be Wrong While Riding

As I was creating my notes for this episode, it struck me that there is a strong probability that this sounds a lot like Goldilocks!  Too much, too little and ‘just right’ will come up repeatedly as I begin talking about your hands when you are riding.  Obviously, we are aiming to achieve ‘Goldilocks’ hands; just right! But seriously, the…

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