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Ready to Take the Next Step Toward Becoming a Better Horseman?

Need help perfecting your body position in time for the next big show? Having trouble understanding your horse’s ideal topline? Wondering what your horse is trying to tell you?

AQHA’s Borrow a Horse Trainer report, brought to you by The American Quarter Horse Journal, is packed with valuable information from the industry’s top trainers.

They’ll get you up to speed on rider posture, reading your horse, counter-canter, transitions, working straight, shortening and lengthening strides, lateral movements and much more.

Training Fundamentals

Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re doing the right things to train your horse. Many riders don’t understand the techniques for establishing proper riding position, maintaining self-carriage and gaining a level topline.

Do you know what it means to keep your horse “off the forehand?” Or why he should be “driving from behind?” If you don’t, it could be causing major problems for your horse.

Though this easy-to-read, 46-page, full-color manual, AQHA Professional Horsemen Carla Wennberg, Lynn Salvatori-Palm, Andy Moorman, Al Dunning, Patti Carter and Stephanie Lynn walk you through practical training practices to improve your horsemanship and your relationship with your horse.

The Borrow a Horse Trainer report is divided into 11 lessons:

  1. Correct Body Position
  2. Self-carriage
  3. Topline
  4. Reading Your Horse
  5. Bending
  6. Counter Canter
  7. Upward Transitions
  8. Downward Transitions
  9. Working Straight and Lengthening Strides
  10. Slowing and Shortening the Stride
  11. Lateral Movements

Each lesson includes a simple exercise that will help you and your horse communicate and perform better.

In “Lesson One,” learn how your position can either help or hurt your horse’s performance.

“My husband, Cyril (Pittion-Rossillon), tells the best story about balance and taking his 2-year-old nephew shopping at the mall. His nephew is into everything, and you can’t stop at all with him. The only way you can control him, if you didn’t bring a stroller, is to put him on your shoulders.

“But on your shoulders, he’s moving around, left and right, pulling your hair, trying to grab this and that, and you’re making all these adjustments with your feet to carry him. Now your neck muscles and shoulder muscles are getting sore, and soon all you’re doing is looking for a way to hurry up your shopping, go find a place to sit down and get him off your shoulders!

“That’s a good comparison for you and your horse if you as a rider are not balanced,” said AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm.

“Lesson Six” shows us how the counter-canter, not just being on the wrong lead, can improve cadence, flexibility and leads to greater collection and balance.

Finally, in “Lesson 11” we are introduced to simple lateral movements, which will improve your horse’s impulsion, straightness and directional response to the rider’s leg

By improving your position, building a stronger topline and encouraging self-carriage, you will progress in every aspect of your riding. No matter what discipline, English or western, everyone can benefit from reading Borrow a Horse Trainer.

Order Borrow a Horse Trainer today, and gain a wealth of knowledge from some of the greatest minds in the quarter horse industry. You can download it instantly and print it, or store it on your computer for future reading.