Teaching a Horse to “Target”

As I learn more and more about clicker training I find that there are many uses for this type of training, and that every horse owner or rider can apply it to some areas of their horsemanship. One exercise that I found very helpful as I was learning how to first use the clicker is

How to Halter a Horse

I know this is a basic topic, but addressing the little details of horsemanship that are often overlooked or not well-explained is what my blog is all about! I have received several emails lately where people have shared that their biggest problem is haltering. Either they just feel awkward trying to put it on, or

Understanding Bending

The ability to ask your horse to bend, and to get a willing and supple response, is one of the fundamentals to a balanced ride, no matter what your discipline or activity is. Bending is very simply the ability to create an arc through your horse’s body. The importance of bending is most easy to

Positive Reinforcement in Action During Feeding Time + Riding Wisdom from Angelo Telatin

This summer I have been very lucky to host several clinics with Angelo Telatin (including one coming up next weekend), an international clinician, professor at a local college, and one of only 64 British Horse Society Fellows. I was intrigued by Angelo’s bridleless riding, both in show jumping and dressage, as well as his approach

How Smart is Your Horse?

Is your horse smart? What does smart really mean? How do you know how intelligent or mentally gifted your horse is? The amount of intellect, emotion, and brain power we believe our horses possess will have a lot to do with how we handle, train, and care for those horses. I believe that problems arise

Riding a Horse Who Goes Too Fast

Many of us have horses who go too fast when we ride – it may be out of nervousness, excitement, or very commonly lack of balance. Some horses can also get quick out of discomfort – so as with many behavior issues – always rule out physcial problems first. To correct a horse that goes

When its Time to Bail – The Emergency Dismount

As riders, we have all had those moments where we have to make that split second decision – should I bail? We may look back and laugh about it, but in the moment, its actually a very important decision! Especially when you are learning to ride it can be much safer to know the limits

Every Horse is Different

Every horse is an individual and will react to things, events, and situations in different ways. Our responsibility as riders and horse owners, and one of the biggest challenges I run into as a trainer is adjusting my approach, technique, and expectations to work with each individual horse. Horses can have complex personalities that create

Riding the Horse Who Leans In or Gets “Stuck

Keeping your horse straight and moving forward is one of the most important parts of a good ride, whether you are in the arena or out on the trail. But its not as easy as it sounds… Many horses have habits of dropping their shoulder and cutting turns, getting “stuck” at the gate, or hugging

Bareback Riding for Better Balance

Riding bareback is fun and a great way to improve your riding by developing better balance and feel of the horse underneath you. I love riding bareback – it’s fun, and I give a lot of credit to time without the saddle for making me a better rider. Over the past few months I have
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