COVID-19 Schooling Survival Guide – Ranch Riding
We didn’t want to leave out one of the fastest growing disciplines- Ranch Riding! So, we sought out the expertise of Congress Champion trainer, Steve Meadows, who offered to help our readers with one of the biggest problem areas he sees in many Ranch Riding patterns today – the lead change.
Ranch Riding shares many similarities with another Western discipline- Western Riding- in that there are many different patterns that may be used. Because these patterns all share the same types of elements, that can provide both an opportunity for riders to practice perfecting their skills, but also a trap for their horses to learn the bad habit of anticipation. One area where this often occurs is the lead change that’s typically located across the center of the arena.
Horses thrive on repetition. That is, in fact, how they learn the best. So, it stands to reason that we are effectively teaching them to anticipate when we drill a certain maneuver in a specific manner, over and over again. But, never fear, Steve Meadows has a schooling method that will help to prevent this problem from becoming an issue in the first place.
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