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Is The Pelham an Acceptable Bit?
By: Dr. Jessica Jahiel
Editors Note: This article is a Q & A regarding Pelham bits from Dr. Jessica Jahiel’s “HorseSense Newsletter.”
Dear Jessica:
I have been reading some on-line horse lists and now I find myself to be very confused about a certain bit. What exactly is the purpose of a Pelham bit, and do you believe that this is an acceptable bit? I have always been told that no true dressage rider would ever use such a bit, that we must ride in the snaffle or …

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Selecting A Saddle For Lessons
by Dr. Jessica Jahiel
Editor’s Note: This is Dr. Jahiel’s response to a question submitted to her from a rider regarding selecting a saddle for riding lessons.
I started riding a year ago at 35. It was a childhood dream come true – horses were all I talked about when I was a kid and the trail ride at Disney World at 10 years old and the ride around the corral in Chincoteague a few years later just didn’t cut it. Once I was led bareback out of …

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Bits
By: Rhett Russell
There are many types of bits out there. When I go to a tack store and look at bits, it’s like walking down the spice aisle at the grocery store — I see a lot of things that I have no idea what to do with. There are a lot of fancy bits made by people who prey on others inability to train their horses successfully. Many people believe that if their horse is not responding, they should get a stronger bit — WRONG! A harsh bit in …

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Mecate Reins
By: Rhett Russell, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
Traditional Mecate reins (pronounced either muh-caw-tee or McCarty) are made from horse hair, but can also be made from nylon double braid marine rope. These reins are normally between 20-22 feet long. Don÷t worry, you won÷t have to figure out what to do with an extra 15 feet of rein. Approximately 8-10 feet are used for the rein and the remaining 10-12 feet are used as a lead rope or popper when in the saddle. The mota is the thing at the …

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How You Think and What You Say is How You Ride
By: Montie Eagle, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
Our horses often faithfully mirror how we riders think and speak about ourselves as well as our horses. At some time in the past each one of us has struggled to master riding skills that seemed to be elusive, but few of us realized how our mastery often depended on how we spoke about what we were doing.
One frustrated student wails, “I”ll never learn my posting diagonals!” A second states, “I can”t sit …

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Common Sense on the Trail
By: Rhett Russell, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
It’s a tremendous responsibility being a horse owner. Like most of you, I got a horse to have fun. The relationship and trust that we have built up over the years have made trail riding even more enjoyable. I bought my first horse with the romantic idea of going fishing in the mountains – just me and my horse. I trail ride with all kinds of people who have different skills and abilities. We all share the love of …

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Is Riding as Much Fun as It Used to Be?
By: Pat Parelli, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
Are you stuck in a rut?
Do you keep doing the same thing with your horse every time… trails, trails, trails… dressage, dressage, dressage… rope, rope, rope… spin, spin, spin… jump, jump, jump?
Lots of people lose interest in horses simply because they run out of new things to do. You might start out riding every day or as often as possible when you are learning and mastering new skills. But after a while, after doing …

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TTouching Your Horse
By: Shelly Moore, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
My introduction to TTEAM and TTouch occurred about 8 years ago. I was signed up to participate in a one-day ground-driving clinic late in October. A few weeks prior to the clinic I had a rather serious horse accident, which left me with limited use of my right arm and a probability for major surgery. My orthopedic surgeon was trying to prepare me For what he thought was inevitable shoulder surgery to repair a three-degree separation of the shoulder. The thought …

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The Nature of the Sport
By: J. Ashton Moore
As riders and trainers, most of us like to think of ourselves as kindly, methodical, reasonable, and caring.
However it is a good idea to soul-search a little and examine our motives. The motives often determine the methods.
Why are we doing this horse thing?
For exercise
To prove our mastery and control over another entity, for its own sake – control
For the sheer unexplainable pleasure of working with “the noble horse”

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Catching the Horse
By: Clinton Anderson, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
Have you ever walked into a pasture with a horse that has never been handled before? Try walking straight up to him to put a halter on him. Sounds easy, but you can bet that the horse will do anything in its power to get away from you. To the horse you are a predator walking straight towards him. You know you are not going to hurt him, but the horse thinks he needs to run away from you in order …