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How to Think Like A Horse: The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do

Horse Stable and Riding Arena Design

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Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Designing and Managing Your Equine Facilities

Horse Showing -

When riding gaited horses, an English saddle without knee rolls must be used. The gaited horse must be collected, which means that through the raising of the mount's head and the flexing of the neck and jaw, the horse's hindquarters are brought under it so that it is more balanced, a state that enables the horse to change gaits with ease. The rider's legs and body are more or less straight up and down, and long stirrups are used to maintain balance. In a gaited or pleasure class in horse shows, the rider is expected to show the horse at different gaits in both directions around a fenced circular ring. At a trot the rider must post on the proper diagonal, sitting down on the saddle when the horse's inside front leg hits the ground and rising out of the saddle when the outside front leg is down. The horse must take the proper lead in a canter by presenting the inside front leg first. Most horses have naturally correct leads and alternate them with each change of direction. Others must be made to do so by use of leg and hand aids.

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