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Starting the Young or Green Horse Over Jumps - Part Two
Bernie Traurig

Join Bernie and Hanna Mauritzson on Conquistador in part two of this series that starts with a young horse’s very first introduction to jumps, developing a sound foundation for more extensive, future training over fences. The series outlines the progressive exercises and time frame one can adapt to the individual horse.

Click here to view part one of this series
Click here to view part three of this series

Running Time: 7 minutes and 42 seconds


Staying Fit On The Road
Robin Martinez

As a rider, fitness expert Robin Martinez, knows how hard it is to get to the gym during show season. You arrive at the show grounds at the break of dawn for the first class and can’t leave until the horses are snuggled in their stalls for the evening. Robin shows us how to maximize our down time in between classes and get in a great workout, whether it’s back at the hotel, in the RV or even in the barn aisle!

Also make sure to check out Robin's introduction to her fitness series, The Essential Elements of Fitness, by clicking here.

Running Time: 8 minutes and 43 seconds

Sticky Spray
Bernie Traurig & Zazou Hoffman

Bernie & Zazou Hoffman reveal a valuable tip to stay tight in the tack.

Running Time: 1 minute and 10 seconds

Stirrup Safety
Cynthia Hankins

Here are some quick tips for safely riding without stirrups, properly changing stirrup length and making girth adjustments. For another stirrup tip try Bernie’s helpful tidbit by clicking here.

Running Time: 1 minute 27 seconds

Straight And Simple
Bernie Traurig

Confused about how to keep a straight track in lines? Here’s a quick and easy fix from Bernie that will get you and your horse headed straight down the middle of those lines.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 16 seconds

Strategies for Managing a Fresh Horse
Peter Pletcher

Member Request from Shayna: I would love to see some more hunter videos! Slowing down a speedy/energetic hunter would be an awesome topic and I love Peter Pletcher's videos! Would like to see more from him!

In this quick tip segment. Peter Pletcher answers Shayna's Member Request and discusses safe and effective ways to cope with a fresh horse.

Running Time: 1 minute and 53 seconds

Suppleness - Unlocking the Gaits
Verena Mahin

A supple horse who is relaxed and whose physical and mental state indicate he enjoys his work is, of course, ideal in any discipline and especially dressage. A tense, stiff or rigid horse is unable to use his body effectively and can’t properly demonstrate rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness or collection. Join Verena Mahin as she shares her favorite exercises to attain a greater degree of suppleness that subsequently allows the horse to move with bigger, more expressive gaits.

Running Time: 32 minutes and 44 seconds

Swapless On Course
Team Glynn

You are having a flawless trip, you see your distance to that single oxer across the diagonal a mile away, you know there’s a blue ribbon in your future.... and then, in anticipation of a change of direction, your beloved, loyal mount swaps his lead in front of the jump. Hope and Ned Glynn have a way to fix it!

Running Time: 7 minutes and 49 seconds

Tack Cleaning Tips
Cori Christmann

Cleaning your tack is more than making it look good; it prolongs the life of your equipment and gives you the chance to check for wear and tear which is vital to your safety. Join Cori Christmann as she goes over proper cleaning and care of your tack.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 36 seconds

Teaching the Automatic Release - The Hagman Formula, Part 1
James Hagman

The automatic release is an essential skill in every good rider’s toolbox. The use of it promotes a soft elastic connection with the mouth that follows the horse’s neck (bascule) over a jump. Additionally, the automatic release or following arms, illustrates the independence of the rider’s seat and legs. In this topic Jim Hagman, founder and head coach of Elvenstar (one of the West Coast’s most successful show stables), presents his formula for introducing and perfecting this, the most advanced release. Joining Jim as demonstrator is his superstar student, Sydney Hutchins, whose mastery of the automatic release was evident recently during her two giant wins - the 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West and the 2014 ASPCA Maclay Regionals West!

Running Time: 6 minutes and 37 seconds

Other Videos in This Series:

Teaching the Automatic Release - The Hagman Formula, Part 2

Teaching the Automatic Release - The Hagman Formula, Part 3