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Published 11/25/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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The spiral exercise works best if you ride with soft hands while keeping a slight bend, but the crucial aids are your seat and your legs, teaching the horse to move laterally. Jean Abernethy illustration
This simple horse-training exercise teaches your horse to balance himself on his own by shifting his weight to his back end. In the first part of this series, you learned how to do transition exercises and a rollback into an extended trot exercise to help your horse strengthen and level out his topline. Here are two more exercises that will help your horse learn to balance himself for better self-carriage.


 
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Published 11/21/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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Enjoying the best restaurants around OKC is one of the great things about the World Show, especially when you get to do it with friends and family you don't get to see as often as you'd like.
Hello AQHA World Show enthusiasts! My name is Kaleena Weakly, from Shelbyville, Illinois. I'm here in Oklahoma City enjoying my horses and competing at the 2014 World Show. Check in here daily with me at GoHorseShow.com for my World Show Picture of the Day. While I'm here, I'll be showing my two mares, Hours Yours And Mine in the Amateur Trail, Horsemanship and Showmanship and Caught Me Looking in the Amateur Western Pleasure.


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Published 10/31/2014 - 1:49 p.m. CDT

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“Justin Boots has a 135-year history of handcrafting quality boots for people who love to ride,” said Louis Russo, brand manager, Justin Boots. Photo © Justin Boots

Justin Bo ot Company–the leader in western and equine footwear since 1879 – launched Justin English, a collection of women’s traditional English riding boots with the support of the equestrian experts at American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Featuring the essential components for English riders – paddock boots, half chaps and field boots – and inserting innovative technology, the collection offers a solution to riders in terms of performance, fit, comfort, and style. 



 
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Published 09/27/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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"Some kids pick up skills faster than others and have more natural athletic abilities than others, so being patient with the rate of learning is important," Sheridan states. Photo © J Naismith
Riding horses is an everyday learning experience, and I am still improvising ways to teach young riders that keep them interested in the wonderful world of horses, while keeping safety first and foremost. From early childhood, horses have always been an important part of my life. I have a ton of input to make experience with horses at an early stage in a child’s life very rewarding.


Published 09/25/2014 - 4:00 p.m. CDT

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“They have to have the look. Something that catches your eye that makes them stand out," Ted Turner states.
With the 2014 Congress and the World shows upon us, everyone is planning, packing and preparing for deep competition. And much of this preparing has begun months, or even years before only to culminate in those magical moments in the ring. Perhaps no one plans or prepares more for such events as those who grace the halter classes. Watching a halter class at a big show like the Congress or the World is reminiscent of watching celebrities walking the red carpet to the Academy Awards, except the stars of this spectacle are the equines. 

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Published 09/22/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

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"Harley wasn’t easy. He was always a great loper, but he was tough,” admits trainer Doug Pratt pictured far right. Photo © Rick Childress
When you’re watching highlight videos of horses such as Harley D Zip and Allocate Your Assets in their prime, it’s hard to imagine that at one time they were maiden futurity horses, just like the ones hitting the futurity trail this summer and fall. GoHorseShow talked to several trainers about what certain famous horses were like when they were younger. Find out more about Harley D Zip, RL Best of Sudden, Allocate Your Assets, John Simon, and RPL My Te Cheerful before they became legends.

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Published 09/19/2014 - 2:22 p.m. CDT

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“The Jolene keeps our classic feel while fulfilling the desires of our customer for a lower rise and larger boot opening." Photos © Antonija
Kimes Ranch is back at it expanding their fashion forward offerings by adding a new jean style and a large selection of new apparel items. The new jean style is their most flattering yet, built to fit all body types with the comfort and durability we’ve come to expect from Kimes Ranch. With a lower rise, this jean is balanced with a larger boot cut and flattering pocket placement. 

 
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Published 09/15/2014 - 8:25 p.m. CDT

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A correct riding position will sit you just above and behind the horse’s center of gravity. The position allows your horse balanced movement and helps you stay on. Photo © SR Images
Correct body position is as basic as it gets. Without it, you and your horse can’t balance properly, and you can’t deliver your aids correctly. It’s one of those things you need to master before you can really advance with your riding. We’re talking about the alignment of a rider’s ear, shoulder, hip and heel. 



Published 09/06/2014 - 9:50 a.m. CDT

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“The ultimate goal of these horses is to move onto non-pro, youth, and amateur horses," Alan Fisher states. Photo © Impulse Photography
The end of summer only means one thing, futurity season in full swing. I’ve watched countless futurities year after year and always find myself in awe of the new two year-olds making their debut into the ring. I’m sure many of you, like myself, wonder what it takes to get these two year-olds ready. The first step to owning a winning futurity horse is finding a great prospect. It takes a well-trained eye and years of experience to be able to see a yearling’s potential as it lopes throughout the pasture.