A Natural-Born Trainer

It is said that in any business the most important step, and possibly the hardest, is getting your foot in the door. I consider myself blessed to be “born with my foot in the door.”Being the daughter of Richard Winters, a successful trainer and clinician, has given me many different opportunities throughout the last 19 years that I would otherwise not have had, or even dreamed of experiencing.

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Meet The Trainer

While other grade school boys dreamed of being firemen, astronauts, or race car drivers, this young horseman thought of nothing other than being a cowboy. It was not the most convenient dream, considering he lived in town with parents who had no ties whatsoever to the equine community.

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Competitive Trail Obstacles

Whether you compete in trail classes or not, trail obstacle courses are a great way to get your horse used to a lot of things and have fun. In this month’s article, I will review nine common trail obstacles and how I like to see them approached when I am judging a trail class.

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Communicating With Your Aids, Part 1

This month’s article is the beginning of a series based on the second part of my visual series, “Dressage Principles for the Western and English Horse and Rider.” This part is titled “Communicating with Your Aids—Keys to Success” because I believe that it contains the lessons every rider needs to learn in order to create a responsive and willing horse.

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