Ask Al: Advice from a Master Horseman: On Becoming a Better Rider

On Becoming a Better Rider by Al Dunning   In this issue we celebrate the equine centered lifestyle. As most equestrians strive to improve their skills in the saddle, it seemed natural to ask Al his thoughts on becoming a better rider. Question: How much of good riding do you …

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Ask Al: Advice from a Master Horseman: How to Select an Equine Athlete

How to Select an Equine Athlete by Al Dunning   Many people wonder how to predict the next champion, whether considering a homebred youngster or while searching for an unproven horse to buy. We asked Al these three questions about selecting a quality equine athlete.   Question: When selecting horses …

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Ask Al: Advice from a Master Horseman – The “Busy” Horse and Developing an Average Lope

by Al Dunning   Hi Al,         I have a 5-year-old Quarter Horse that constantly plays with bits and anything else he can get into his mouth. I tried to ride in a set of mecate reins but he spent his entire time trying to get the tassel into …

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Ask Al: Advice from a Master Horseman – The Busy Horse

The “Busy” Horse and Developing an Average Lope by Al Dunning   Hi Al,         I have a 5-year-old Quarter Horse that constantly plays with bits and anything else he can get into his mouth. I’ve tried to ride in a set of mecate reins but he spends the …

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Ask Al: Advice From a Master Horseman – Speed Control

Speed Control and the Left Sided Syndrome by Al Dunning Hi Al,    I have been working on controlling my horse’s speed during the lope. What are some correct cues to use when I want my horse to slow down or speed up? Mario   Mario, This is not a simple …

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On Green Horses, Spurs, and Achieving “Feel”

Riding Well is More than Mechanics by Al Dunning   Hi Al,      I really enjoy your show on Dish Network. I have green broke 7 year old quarter horse that I just began riding. He has had four rides on the trail. When do you recommend using spurs and, …

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Ask Al: Advice from a Master Horseman

Getting to the “Root” of a Problem and the Importance of Collection     Hi Al, I have a horse that is pretty far along in reining disciplines. I’m riding him in a Myler bit with a small port which works very well. My problem is that when he canters …

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