Articles With John Zopatti

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst- Arnd.nl The spur is a tool and can be used to affect the horse’s response as well as refine, reinforce and reward.

A Brief Introduction to Using Spurs in Dressage

John Zopatti shares a few thoughts about why a rider might opt to ride with spurs, plus tips on how to choose the right kind of spurs.

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Why Does My Horse Break from Trot into a Slow, Hopping Canter?

John Zopatti answers this reader-submitted question, explaining why horses might favor one gait over another and offering potential solutions.

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Can Wiggling My Fingers Help Get My Horse on the Bit?

USDF gold medalist John Zopatti offers an honest opinion on wiggly fingers