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Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst- 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.


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

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