The secure seat comes from the "purchase" of the rider's lower right leg against her horse's left shoulder. 

Sidesaddle 101

The Beauty of Riding Aside   Lee McLean prefers to ride aside. She is one of a handful of women in the Alberta foothills who keep the bygone riding style alive. “I was enrolled in sidesaddle riding lessons at the age of eight,” says Lee. “I’ve been riding aside ever since.” For over 40 years, …

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Trick Riding 101 with Niki Flundra

It was at the Kananaskis Rodeo that Emily Peebles first saw Niki Flundra perform her trick riding routine. “I was 11 at the time,” says Emily. “I turned to my mom and told her I wanted to be a trick rider just like Niki.” Lucky for Emily, her family happened to live a short drive …

After treating the infection with the cold saltwater spa; ensuring proper nutrition and three months of solid conditioning with the use of the water treadmill, this Derby horse went on to compete and was happy and healthy again. Notice the massive difference in the horse’s top line and musculature. Photo by Darian Caks.

Equine Conditioning

  A true athlete spends most of their time exercising so they can condition and strengthen in order to excel in their chosen discipline. “Fit horses are competition ready,” says Champion Equine’s owner, Paul Roy, who has developed a conditioning program based on science, biomechanics and proven results. “A dedicated equestrian spends time to ensure …

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Total Control in the Saddle

Teaching the Perfect Stop Top 5 Tips After the stop, walk your horse off in a different direction. As you increase your speed, remember the lightness of your pull on the reins must remain the same as it was at a standstill. To make your horse back up quicker, do not increase the strength of …