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Check out our list of articles (below) covering the latest training techniques from John Lyons Certified Instructor Keith Hosman. Many articles were co-written by John's son Josh Lyons.
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Special Guest Authors: Barns & Fencing

Selecting the Right Horse Fencing by Ashley Reynolds
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Backing Up

Get Your Back Up
Backing Up ($)
Basic Training

Train Your Horse to Travel Straight ($)

Give Your Horse A Want-To Attitude
• Seeing Red... Ribbons Horses That Kick On The Trail
Why Does My Horse Still Have This Problem?
Biting Horses ($)
I'm Scared of My Horse, Please Help ($)
Horses That Won't Go ($)
Body Language

Talking Horse

Can You Fix a Bucking Horse?
Buying or Selling Horses

When Buying a Horse: 5 First-Timer Tips ($)

Get Better Stops and a Smoother, Willing Horse: The "Three-Step-Stop Exercise"
Hurry Up and Stop
Hip-Shoulder-Shoulder Part 1: Solve Every Horse Problem
Hip-Shoulder-Shoulder Part 2: Begin the Exercise
Hip-Shoulder-Shoulder Part 3: Finish the Exercise
Ground Training

Horses That Pull Back or Won't Stand Tied
Cinchy Horses ($)
Teach a Horse to Sidepass Toward You on the Ground ($)
Whoever Moves First Loses ($)
Lungeing a Horse: How, When & Why ($)
Hoof Care

Is My Horse Hard to Train Because of His Feet?
Leading and Manners

The First Thing I Do ($)
How to Halter a Horse ($)
Leading A Stubborn Horse ($)
Leg Yielding

Leg Yields Without the Legs ($)

Lower Your Horse's Head ($)

When You Get On, Do This First
Neck Reining

Neck Reining How-To ($)
Nervous Horses

What Not To Do When Your Horse Bucks Or Rears And What To Do When It Does

How to Make Horse Training (More) Affordable ($)
Reins and Their Use

An Exercise For When You Can't Ride: Teach Yourself What A Give Really Feels Like
Reins: 5 Tips to Improve Your Use ($)
How to Pick Up Your Reins Like a Pro ($)
See Yourself Leading When Riding
Training Magic: Release on the Thought
Reins Tell Direction, Legs Tell Speed

The Snaffle Bit vs The Shank Bit

Horse Riding Tips
Training (General)

Four Things You Need to Train Your Horse: Motivation, Spot, Direction, Reward
How To Get Your Horse's Attention: Recognition, Response, Control
Keys to Making Improvements: How Long You Should Ride
Teaching Your Horse To Stand Still
• What To Do With Horses That Want To Bolt, Buck or Blow Up
Make Your Horse Stop
Your Horse Is Going To Spook - Are You Ready?
Slowing Your Horse
Speed Up Your Slow Horse
Riding Mechanics and Bad Habits
My Horse Roots At The Bit
How Far How Fast How Little
Keys To Improvement
Thought Vs Action
An Easy Way To Look At Training: Redirecting Pressure
Good Now Bad Later: Why Does This Happen?
Rider Checklists ($)
6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Training ($)

Featured Riding Exercise: Steer the Tail
The Steering the Tail Exercise: What To Do If
The Clockwork Exercise: Teach Neck Reining, Sidepassing, Backing Up, Spins & More
Simple Steps to Power Steering ($)
How to Teach a Horse to Pivot on Its Hindquarters ($)
Turning Horses: How to Fix Leaning Shoulders ($)
Turn on a Dime and an End to Dropped Shoulders


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Lyons Fact #729:
I don't ask the horse to stop. I just quit riding.

Lyons Fact #367:
The more you mess with the bit, the more you restrict movement.


Lyons Fact #719:
Don't be a passenger. Work.

Lyons Fact #3906:
If your horse bucks, if he bolts, whatever he does, as soon as you look at the ground at where you think you're going to hit, that's where you're guaranteed to land.


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Arenas and Footing
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Bedding and Manure
Beginner / Novice Riders
Boarding, Barns and Stables
Body Language
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Camps (Kids/Riding)
Clicker Training
Fear (Rider's)
Gaited Horses
Green Horses
Ground Training
Hay and Pasture Management
Hoof Care
Horse Lovers
Nervous Horses
Nervous Riders
Saddles and Saddling
Senior Horses
Teeth / Dentistry
Trail Riding
Trailering and Travel
Training (General)
Training Methods
Tying / Cross Ties
Weight and Condition
Young Equestrians