One Simple Habit

Here in the US, today is the Thanksgiving Holiday, a day that is all about togetherness and gratitude. I was trying to think of something I could share with you today, so I created a video on a simple but effective habit I do that has had a huge impact on my riding and training

Teaching an Old Horse New Tricks, Head Tossing, and Handling Hot Horses

In this video, I answer a question from a viewer about her horse that has habits of head shaking and tends to go too forward, jumping into a canter when she asks for trot. We also discuss whether an older horse can still learn new behavior. Do you have a question you would like answered?

Correct Training of the Dressage Horse with Angelo Telatin

No one person had done more for my riding than Angelo Telatin. I learn something new everytime I ride with him and his training is logical and sytematic – for both horses and riders. Whenever I have the opportunity I like to film my lessons so that I can review them later and so that

Safe Riding in a Group – Arena Etiquette

Whether you travel to shows and ride in busy warm up arenas or you ride with one or two other riders at your local barn, knowing and practicing good arena etiquette is essential for staying safe. In today’s video, I give 6 tips for staying safe and being courteous to others when riding in a

Starting a Young Horse over Jumps

The initial training of a young or green horse over jumps will have a big impact on how easy and safe they are to jump. In this video, I share several key objectives of a horse’s early jump training as well as the basic progression of exercises that will help a horse learn to jump

The Issues of Trailer Loading

To continue our discussion of fear and desensitization with horses, today we discuss a situation where these issues often come up – trailer loading. In this video, I don’t try to address every problem we could face when loading, but rather look to address some of the challenges with loading, as well as share safety

Methods of Desensitization in Horse Training

Many people think of desensitization as the old method of “sacking out” where the horse is restrained and presented with the scary stimulus – usually plastic bags, saddle pads, blankets, tarps, etc., until he no longer responds to them. While this is a form of desensitization, there are many other forms of desensitization that can

Understanding the Horse’s Fear Response: Spooking, Bolting, etc.

The Horse’s Fear Response The horse’s fear response has been an important survival mechanism for them. But when riding and training our horses, fear is one of our biggest adversaries. The vast majority of accidents with horses are due to the horse being afraid and responding to that fear through bolting, bucking, jumping to the

Better Communication with Your Riding Instructor

Today we are going to handle a bit of a tough topic – better communication with your riding instructor, and specifically how to ask them about other ways of riding that you may see in videos, or read about in books. There are often many different ways to accomplish the same thing, and sometimes hearing

Remember What You Learn: Tips for Riders

As riders, we are always learning. We learn new motor skills such as better ways to sit or how to use our aids riding. We also learn more about our horses, how to take care of them, how to train them, and how to understand their behavior. So here is an interesting question – how