What Causes Bad Behavior? Considering Physical Problems

We have all encountered horses with behavioral issues, from bucking to rearing, “girthiness” to rushing fences. What we should always stop and consider however, is that perhaps some of the behavior problems we see aren’t really behavioral, and are instead linked to a physical problem and pain. Sometimes finding a physical problem isn’t easy, but

Should You Post the Outside or Inside Diagonal? Or… what you may really be asking… What’s a Diagonal?

If you have ever watched young competitors at a horse show you have probably heard parents and coaches on the sidelines whispering to their rider “wrong diagonal” or “change your diagonal!” Similarly, many riders both young and old are taught diagonals and then reminded often of the importance of rising with the outside shoulder (at

Developing Steady Hands

Do you struggle with keeping your hands steady as you ride, and with being able to “feel” the reins and follow the horse’s movement with your hands? Developing “independent aids” is one of the cornerstones of good riding, and “independent aids simply means that you can move one body part without everything else moving as

How To Bridle a Horse

In this week’s video we are covering another “everyday” horse skill that can be an area of problems and frustrations for many people – putting on the bridle. For those of us who have been riding for years it may seem like a simple task, but in the beginning it took a bit of work

Emotional Control For Horses and Humans

Emotion is an important topic in training. Emotion has a huge impact on actions or behaviors, and this as true for people as it is for animals. Emotional control isn’t discussed much in traditional horse training although it is still very important as horses can easily become frustrated, agitated, distracted, fearful, etc. Emotional control is

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
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