Understanding and Helping the Head Shy Horse

In caring for a horse, there is a lot we do around their head. We need to be able to slip on a halter or bridle, give dewormers and other oral medications, or trim the hair around ears, muzzle, and bridle path. When a horse is “head shy”, they may resist any form of handling

The Power of Positive Learning

What are you really good at in your riding? What’s one of your strongest skills? If you hesitated and struggled to think of a response, then you are with the majority of riders I work with. But you are also affecting your potential as a rider and making the process of learning and improving more

One Question to Change Your Riding

To make progress, in any area of life, requires focus. Going in many different directions at once simply creates overwhelm, not real progress. But focus on one thing, and you can achieve real results. This concept can be applied to most any area of life and is as useful for improving your riding and horsemanship

Angelo Telatin and Wendy Murdoch: Starting Riders, Teacher’s Responsibility, Defining Moments

I love collaboration. The idea that two minds are stronger than one. A few weeks ago I introduced two minds, two people, that have had a huge impact on my riding, training, and teaching – Angelo Telatin and Wendy Murdoch. These are two instructors that I have worked with for years separately and I often

Live at the Farm: Stability During Turns, Balance Before Pain, etc.

Last week, we held the Balanced Riding Course Live Event at my farm in Honey Brook, Pa. It was an awesome two days and bittersweet to say goodbye to everyone at the end of the last day. During the event, we had demos and speakers on everything from saddle fit to equine massage, anatomy, and

What’s Different About Gaited Horses?

Do gaited horses need to be ridden differently than “regular” horses? Should they be trained differently? These are questions I’m often asked, so I went to the expert – Larry Whitesell of Gaited Horsemanship. *** My focus as a trainer has been on understanding and solving behavior problems versus training for peak performance or competitive

How Your Horse’s Movement Affects His Behavior

The connection between brain and body is an interesting one. Changes in our brain – thoughts, feelings, emotions, will change our body. We look different and move differently when feeling sad, discouraged, or frustrated as opposed to happy, hopeful, or content. However, changes in our body also affect how we feel. If you’re feeling depressed,

What Keeps You Safe Around Horses

Safety is important for every rider. Even the most experienced among us can still have accidents. But there is one factor that is more important than anything else for staying safe around horses. It is more important than following a set of rules and can help you make decisions to stay safe in any situation.

Dynamic Riding Position

What part of our riding “position” is constant, regardless of the tack we’re using or what we are doing with our horse, and what changes? The idea for this video came from a remark one of my students made during a recent riding lesson. She said, “I can’t wait to figure out my position so

Find a Secure Jumping Position

There has been an unfortunate trend lately in jumping to adopt a position of style rather than one of function and stability. I recognized the problem with this in my own riding when I started jumping higher and higher without a solid foundation. As a young teenager, I started having a lot of falls and