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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Work In Hand: The Shoulder-In

We’ve talked at some length in earlier articles about the extremely light touch that characterizes great work in hand. Let’s discuss some of the ways the classical movements are executed in hand, and why these movements are of interest — even if you and your horse intend nothing more formal than trail riding.

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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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Trail Trials – A Family-Friendly, Easy-Going Event

Wouldn’t it be great to forget about those uncomfortable show clothes, use your everyday working tack, and ride with your whole family and several good friends in a relaxed setting with a friendly element of competition? You can do all this when you participate in Trail Trials, one of the fastest growing riding events today.

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