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Christmas Portrait

Margaret Freeman

What's the ultimate Christmas present? Well, I guess it might be that dream pony that many of us once asked for every year but few of us ever got. Sometimes later it became a dream horse for Christmas. Maybe the dream horse arrived on some other occasion, or maybe we bought or bred our own dream horse, but that Christmas wish always seems to float through our hearts every year no . . . read more

GumBits For Grinding

Margaret Freeman

When people hear a horse grind its teeth, the immediate assumption is that the behavior is caused somehow by the rider. This generally isn't the case, at least not directly. read more

Quiet Hands

Margaret Freeman

The usual formula for riding is: Aid + Timing + Intensity. All three factors interact, so you give the right aid at the right time with the right volume. You may apply the correct aid with the right pressure, but if you do so a little early or late, the horse won't respond the way you intend. read more

The Ideal Equine Winter Wardrobe

Margaret Freeman

It's not as simple as a turnout blanket. Your horse's needs vary with the temperature. read more

Horse Journal OnCall: Winter Neck Covers

Margaret Freeman

Every winter my horse loses half his mane due to neck covers that rub it off. I've checked out anti-rub covers for underneath, but all of them have a face cover that would get wet in all the rain we have here or it's just a shoulder cover that doesn't cover the mane. Any suggestions? read more

Products That Help You Stick to Your Tack

Margaret Freeman

Discussion about saddle stick products, how to use them, what to look for and what to avoid. read more

Drying Blankets

Margaret Freeman

A field trial using a blanket dryer for horse blankets in a horse barn. read more

Horse Blanket Repairs: A Sticky Situation

Margaret Freeman

An article about how to repair horse blankets yourself, including products that will help you and when you need to send the horse blanket out for repair. read more

Horse Journal OnCall: Slipping In Stirrups

Margaret Freeman

Dressage expert Margaret Freeman answers a reader's question about her foot slipping in her stirrups. read more

Even a Great Equestrian Facility Needs Local Amenities

Margaret Freeman

A discussion about the impact of the new Tryon Equestrian Center and the need for nearby hotels and resturants. read more

Straightness is Always a Goal

Margaret Freeman

A discussion by an S-level dressage judge about what straightness means to your horse and you're riding. It is not a rigid horse. read more

A Lesson in Shortening Your Reins

Margaret Freeman

Thoughts about how we shorten our reins and how the horse might react to our technique. read more

When It's Hot, It's Hot

Margaret Freeman

A dressage judge discusses competing and judging in the heat. read more

Where's Your Outside Rein?

Margaret Freeman

The horse uses his head and neck somewhat separately from his body to help maintain his balance, almost as a counterweight. When you ask the horse to bend, such as when you go around a corner, you use your hips, shoulders, inside leg and a slight inside rein. The outside rein and leg are equally important, as they keep the horse aligned nose-to-tail. read more

Getting the Horse’s Cooperation

Margaret Freeman

Let’s talk for a moment about semantics and, yes, the pun is intended. A discussion is starting in dressage circles about the word “submission.” The concept of submission goes to the heart of horse training no matter what the discipline. read more

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