Are you “Ahead of” or “Behind” the Motion when you ride horses?

We’ve heard the terms “getting ahead” or “left behind” in reference to riding horses, and essentially, being out of balance while riding. But what do these terms really mean and what does it look like when someone is ahead or behind the motion of the horse? In today’s video, I hope to answer those questions

Tips for Handling Mouthy, Biting Horses

Mouthy horses are quite common, especially young horses, and especially young geldings. How to handle or correct a mouthy horse is one of the most frequent questions that I am asked. Biting or “mouthy” behavior can stem from a variety of causes. It can be natural playfulness in a youngster, a warning or display of

Is Your Horse Disrespectful?

Respect is a hot topic in horse training. It’s easy to accuse a horse of being disrespectful and it is often attached as a kind of label on that horse. While there are times horses act in ways that could be described this way, what I have been wondering lately is this – how do

Understanding Softness – An Interview with Mark Rashid and Crissi McDonald

The following is a brief interview I was able to do with Mark Rashid and his wife, Crissi McDonald, over delicious Mexican food after the second day of their Aikido for Horsemanship clinic in North Carolina, in which I was a participant. Mark Rashid is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer known for his ability to

Riding The Sitting Trot without Bouncing

The sitting trot is one of those gaits that most of us want to improve. To sit the trot smoothly and comfortably takes a combination of balance, stability, and fluid movement. When I ride and when I teach riding, I am always looking for what really makes the difference in learning a new skill. Whether it

Interview with Wendy Murdoch: Centered Riding, Returning From Injuries, and More

“We each have within us our own best teacher that recognizes what is best for our own well being.” This is what I love about Wendy Murdoch’s teaching style – she has a unique way of helping both horse and rider discover where they are most balanced and comfortable.   Wendy has a long list of

Standing Still at the Mounting Block

Standing still at the mounting block is one thing every horse should know. Not only do a surprising number of riding accidents happen at the mounting block, but these first few moments of your ride can set a tone that will carry through the rest of your time in the saddle that day, and you

The Blending of Theory & Practice when Riding and Training Horses

Which is more important – the theory of something, knowing how and why it should be done, or the practice of actually doing it over and over? When we have a challenge in our riding or with our horses, is it more beneficial to learn a new technique to solve that problem such as a

Essential Cold Weather Riding Apparel Tips

Article Courtesy of Ashley Snell from Dover Saddlery Before you climb into the saddle for a wintertime horse ride, there are essential clothing items you’ll want to have on to keep you safe, comfortable and warm. While it’s important to dress for safety and warmth, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo fashion. The equestrian

What I Wish I Knew Then About Horses and Riding…

What do you wish you knew back then that you know now about horses and riding? I have been asked this question a few times now (most recently by Stefanie – thanks!) and I think it is such a good question and an important topic to reflect on for all of us. While it may bring