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Thoughtfulness And Riding by Tina Kaven

The Road to Win.....
It Isn't What We
Thought....
It isn't How We
Thought.....

Deep within us is the beginning and the end of what our ride, our training, what our class or classes will look like, what the horse show will be like... No, we cannot control how our horses will respond, the talent and ability of the horse that we have chosen to work with, the outcome of our classes, how the judge will place us, we can’t control a lot of things in life.... but what can
and do control is much, much more than any of us realize...

Acrobat Required  Thoughtfulness & Riding Article by Tina Kaven


Western Pleasure Calisthenics: Part I

These five simple exercises will ensure that your horse is ready for show day.
Tina Kaven Tina Kaven says you need to break up a horse's exercise routine.
Tina Kaven says you need to break up a horse's exercise routine. She uses five  callisthenic exercises that enhance a horse's movement, balance and flexibility.
By Tina Kaven in The American Quarter Horse Journal

A western pleasure horse must be in top physical shape to compete and win in today’s arenas. But when it comes to conditioning a rail horse, there’s more to it than just walking, jogging and loping.
In a way, a show horse is like clay. You keep working and working clay, and eventually it becomes very flat and moldable, and you can make anything you want out of it. But if you set the clay on the counter and let it get cold again, it’s going to get stiff and be hard to shape.  Read Article>>>


Western Pleasure Calisthenics: Part II

Learn how to use the long trot and shoulder and hip exercises in your horse’s calisthenics routine.
Tina Kaven Tina Kaven says you need to break up a horses exercise routine.
Tina Kaven says you need to break up a horse's exercise routine. She uses five calisthenic exercises that enhance a horse's movement, balance and flexibility.
By Tina Kaven in The American Quarter Horse Journal

This is the second in a four-part series. Need to review Part 1?

Long Trotting
This exercise is a medium working trot with the horse using a full stride. It is more than a jog but isn’t fast.
The purpose of this exercise is to emphasize balance, strength, complete extension of the legs and use of the back while keeping it rounded. Although the horse is in a working trot, he is still expected to maintain a proper frame, which is a show-ring frame with the horse’s head and neck as level as possible.
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Western Pleasure Calisthenics: Part IIITina Kaven

Mix up your horse’s calisthenics for maximum results.
Varying the types of exercises you ask your horse to do will allow you to make sure he is being obedient.
Varying the types of exercises you ask your horse to do will allow you to make sure he is being obedient.
By AQHA Professional Horseman Tina Kaven in The American Quarter Horse Journal

This is the third in a four-part series.

Departures and Transitions
In this exercise, I mix up my departures and transitions to determine what I need to work on. Sometimes I go from a lope down to a trot. Then trot to walk. Lope to walk. Walk to lope. I vary it all up to make sure the horse is obedient to my requests.
 
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Western Pleasure Calisthenics: Part IV

Learn how to back your horse up and effectively plan and execute his workout schedule.
Tina Kaven AQHA Professional Horsewoman Tina Kaven explains the difference in exercises between her younger horses and her more experienced ones.
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Tina Kaven explains the difference in exercises between her younger horses and her more experienced ones.
By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Tina Kaven in The American Quarter Horse Journal

This is the last of the four-part series. Need to review Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3?

Backing Up
At the end of the exercise session, I always do a backup.
I don’t bring the horse to the middle, because I don’t want him to think of being at a horse show. But I also don’t do it right on the rail either.
For the backup, I close both spurs, keep the horse straight and then release to stop him.

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