Category: training

Riders with Passion – I see it in their eyes!

Riders with passion are committed to learning.

Longitudinal Bend, Flexion, and Give

This lovely image shows a horse moving in the most elegant self-carriage. Longitudinal bend, flexion, and give create the lowered hind quarter, elevated front and ultimate lightness in movement. My last post was concerned with the lateral bend of the horse. Today I hope…

Long-Lining for EPM horses

EPM, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis is a neurological disease in horses caused  by exposure to certain protozoal parasites.  It infects and invades the central nervous system.  Depending on the severity of the disease some horses are severely effected with gait abnormalities, weakness, asymmetric muscle atrophy,…

TRAINING TIP: Creating Sensitivity to Your Leg Aids

  Forward energy is an important, if not the most important, aspect of training a horse.  Without energy you have nothing to guide.  Our legs communicate  movement to the horse.  Movement can be directed forward, lateral, gait changes, directional changes,  extension and collection. There…

Training Tip: PTSD in Horses

I am excited to guide my blog into a direction that will encourage and allow more interaction from the readers.  In addition to articles I will now include monthly training tips including horse keeping, handling or perhaps tips on tack!  Basically, anything that applies…

Expectations

Expectations…what do you expect from your horse?  A blue ribbon at a show, a wonderful trail ride in the forest or a safe and reliable horse that even a small child can ride? Regardless of whether you are training your horse for the show…

Stop Hurting Your Horse!

Twenty-five years ago I attended a John Lyons clinic where he said something that has stayed with me throughout all of my own training, the training of horses, and my teachings to my students. He said, “There are two rules in all training of…

Cavesson fads and fashions – resist the pressure!

horse wearing flash noseband

In the 1970s, cavessons created for the purpose of closing a horse’s mouth (flash, figure 8, crank, etc) became popular, and since they seemed effective, I, like most, followed without question. But a few years later, a well-respected equine dentist, Ron Ross, visited my…

Do no harm: understanding the function of tie-downs, martingales, and draw reins

jumper wearing a running martingales

“Brutality begins where knowledge ends. Ignorance and compulsion appear simultaneously.” ~Charles de Kunffy. It’s rampant in every discipline, every breed. I see it in training barns, show arenas, boarding facilities, and backyards: people using devices that restrict their horses’ natural movement. I am appalled…

Lily’s Story Part 6 – Making Mistakes and Moving on

Lily, Lily, Lily!! That’s what I heard myself say as I watched in horror as Lily exploded into the air… with Amy astride! Oh my goodness, there is so much to learn from this horse. In the last update (Part 5), I felt confident…

Lily’s Story Part 3 – New Beginnings

Lily was now safe with her chosen people. Many of the neighbors had farms with horses, and yet she had passed them all by to get to the Morrises. One has to marvel that she knew where to go and how to communicate her…

When a horse avoids the bit

I sometimes get asked training questions via e-mail. Although nothing can replace hands-on individual training, I appreciate the chance to help people working with their own horses to find a kinder, gentler, and more effective approach to developing a true partnership. I will be…