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Conditioning the Rider Tips

Conditioning the Rider Tips

A subject often overlooked is rider conditioning. Most riders who compete their horses are focused on their horses’ condition, but rarely do they think of their own. Just as with horses, riders have aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Riders can also do interval training. The question is, how fit should the rider be in correlation to […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Boots & Bandages Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Boots & Bandages Edition

Open Front Boots These boots are designed to protect the horse’s leg like splint boots, but leave the shins unprotected. This allows the horse to feel the impact if his legs hit a rail of a jump. Ankle or Fetlock Boots These boots are shorter than splint boots and give protection in the fetlock area. […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Martingale & Breastplate Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Martingale & Breastplate Edition

Standing Martingale A standing martingale has a long strap running from the girth to the noseband. It acts on the nose, not on the horse’s mouth, and limits how high he can raise his head. A standing martingale should be adjusted so that when the horse’s head is in a normal position, the martingale strap […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Noseband Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Noseband Edition

Cavesson A cavesson noseband is a single piece of leather that fastens above the bit around the horse’s nose. This noseband should rest one or two adult-sized fingers below the horse’s cheekbones. It goes inside the cheekpiece, next to the horse’s face. It should be snug but never uncomfortably tight. You should be able to […]

No Bits About It – Common (and not so common) Bits and Their Actions

Snaffle Bit A Snaffle Bit has two rings (one on each end) and a mouthpiece, which is usually jointed and made of smooth metal, nylon, plastic, or rubber. (Rough, sharp, or twisted wire mouthpieces are discouraged for Pony Club riding.) Snaffle bits work by direct pressure. This means 1 ounce of pressure on the reins […]

Instructor Certification Scholarship

Instructor Certification Scholarship

Scholarship Assistance Available for Instructor Certification Program Workshop Thanks to the generosity of the Brennan family, Pony Club Instructors and Upper-Level Members are eligible to receive scholarship assistance to attend Instructor Certification Program Workshops at a greatly reduced cost. The scholarship, funded by the Eleanor Brennan Fund, is intended for those who are regularly teaching […]

 
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