How I Train the Free Jog

This past week-end I had the pleasure to judge a wonderful Cowboy Dressage show in Powell Butte, Oregon. I really enjoyed watching and evaluating the rides. The most common problem I saw was with the Free Jog. So I am going to explain how I train the Free Jog. Keep
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Creating Straightness

Before a horse can bend correctly, the rider must be sure that the horse tracks straight. I call this “relative straightness”. Remember: You can’t bend a crooked horse, you will only make the horse more crooked. What I mean is this: The left legs should follow in the same flight
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The Free Walk in Cowboy Dressage

I taught a clinic this past week-end and one of the exercises was working on the free walk for the Cowboy Dressage tests. There is more to it than one might think. I often find riders tell me it is their chance in a test to take a break and
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Management VS Training

I have been successful with the horses and mules in my care, not because I am the World’s best trainer or rider, but because I am a very good manager. I believe that management of a horse and his/her future is far more important that the actual training or riding.
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My Laboratory

My life is no different from anyone else when it comes to managing my time and resources. I teach, train, and travel in order to help others improve their horsemanship skills. Sometimes it is more than a full-time job. However, with all that said, I never forget my “laboratory”. My
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