Teaching Your Horse Good Food Manners

Using food rewards in training horses often gets a bad reputation. Many people fear that it causes pushiness, nipping, or biting from the horse. However, food rewards can be a very valuable training asset, and when used correctly, can make any training a lot more effective. One of the most important keys to success in training

How to Correctly & Effectively Use a Whip

Using a whip effectively can be a very important skill for riding, but even just holding one, let alone using it on the horse, can feel awkward and cumbersome. In today’s video, I help you understand whips and how to use one effectively. We start by looking at different types of whips, then I show you how

Haltering a Foal for the First Time

Today I have something a bit different for you, and for me too! Last week I had the opportunity to work with a 10 day old foal to halter him for the first time. I don’t do any breeding myself and rarely have the chance to play with or train a foal, so I had

Learning & Riding with Wendy Murdoch

One thing you probably already know about me from reading my posts or watching my videos is that I love to learn and try new ideas. I enjoy finding new ways to better understand, explain and teach different ideas or concepts. Today I’d like to share a few insights from one of my favorite riding

How to Ride a Lazy Horse

We all know the frustration of riding the so called “lazy” horse. No matter how hard we kick or cluck, we seem to always get a less than energetic response. We end the ride with tired legs and often a feeling of annoyance towards our horse. While of course some horses are simply less inclined to

Understanding the “Balance” of Your Saddle

Your saddle can have a big impact on your riding. If you often feel out of balance, or struggle to stay in the position described by your riding instructor it may not be just your abilities as a rider, your saddle can either help you find a balanced and comfortable position or it can do

Riding with Bitless Bridles

Have you ever wondered about going bitless? Would a bitless bridle be better for your horse and how do you know which one to use? I feel that using any piece of equipment effectively is about being aware of why you are using it, how it works, and what benefits or limitations that equipment has.

Learning in Layers

Often time learning comes in layers. We hear something or see something and think we understand it, but then months or years later we run across the same information and understand it in a different way or on a deeper level. This is usually the case for me, but I was reminded of how often

Thoughts on Sensitive, Reactive Horses

Do you have a sensitive, reactive, or spooky horse? Many of us do and it can be frustrating trying to deal with their behavior. Helping a horse find more confidence takes an approach of time and patience, but I do feel that with these two elements most horses can improve. Of course, we can only

How to Ride an Effortless Canter Transition

One of the most difficult transitions for horses and riders is often the transition from trot to canter. If you are new to riding the canter is faster and has a completely different feel and rhythm than the walk or trot. Some horses are much easier but many will either speed up and race into