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  • Many riders deal with the frustration of their horse dropping its inside shoulder around turns and cutting in. Here are some exercises I use with my horses and students to correct this common problem.

    Common Horseback Riding Problems and Solutions

    Common Horseback Riding Problems and Solutions

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Helpful advice for riding instructors on teaching fearful students. Even the confident riders have scared moments—it happens to the best of us. As instructors, we need to be prepared to handle that. Here are some hopefully helpful hints!

    Instructor Tips for Helping Fearful Students

    Instructor Tips for Helping Fearful Students

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • What makes a great student? How can you be one yourself? Having been teaching for almost 20 years now, I think I can give you some advice on how to be a superstar riding student.

    How to Be a Good Horseback Riding Student

    How to Be a Good Horseback Riding Student

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Not all horsemanship is learned while riding! Just as much is learned in the barn and on the ground. Here is another unmounted horsemanship lesson for instructors, camp, or 4H organizers to use for their groups.

    An Unmounted Horsemanship Lesson for Beginners

    An Unmounted Horsemanship Lesson for Beginners

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Having a goal, writing it down, and taking notes is a great way to accomplish your goals with your horse. Journaling also helps you to see how much progress you have made over time. If you keep journals on all the horses you work with, you will be surprised how great a reference it can be!

    Having a Training Plan and Keeping a Training Journal for Your Horse

    Having a Training Plan and Keeping a Training Journal for Your Horse

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Learning the proper and basic balanced riding position from the very beginning will help riders to be more safe and confident. In this article, I hope I make it easier to understand and visualize for you, and provide some hints that have helped my riders get it!

    Help With Proper Basic Position for New Riders

    Help With Proper Basic Position for New Riders

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • English vs. Western? This is a common question that I get quite frequently from people who are interested in horses and riding. Here are my thoughts on the matter.

    English vs. Western for New Riders

    English vs. Western for New Riders

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • The benefits of planning a show for your students is great. It gives them a safe, low-pressure, first-time show experience, and it gives them a goal to work towards.

    Planning an On-Farm Show for Your Students

    Planning an On-Farm Show for Your Students

    by Ellison Hartley0

  • Miniature horses! You can't ride them, unless you are a miniature person. Driving is the way to go. In this first of a series, we will look at the most common vehicle for minis: the Easy Entry cart.

    Hitching My Miniature Horse: The Easy Entry Cart

    Hitching My Miniature Horse: The Easy Entry Cart

    by Cheryl Nunez15

  • Posting on the correct diagonal can be a frustrating thing for new riders to learn. It doesn't have to be though! Hopefully, my article will provide some insight to help it go more smoothly for both students and instructors.

    Riding Tips and Tricks: Posting on the Correct Diagonal

    Riding Tips and Tricks: Posting on the Correct Diagonal

    by Ellison Hartley0

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