3 Keys to Working with a Young Horse

Young horses can be more or less difficult than an older, trained horse depending on how you look at it, and depending on the quality of the training of the older horse. What I mean by this is that young horses have fresh minds – for the most part they are unspoiled by bad training,

Conditioning Your Horse for Riding Fitness

For many of us, Spring is right around the corner, and we are starting to think about spending more time riding, whether that is preparing for a show season, looking forward to long trail rides, or just enjoying time in the saddle. Before we get too excited about all our riding goals, it is important to

Riders are Artists

Riding is an art, and those of us who pursue it with a level of focus and commitment are artists. While there is also a science to riding, training, and horsemanship, and as a more logical than intuitive thinker I am more drawn to the “science” elements of horsemanship, today I would like to discuss a

Horse Feeding Myths Discussed with Dr. Staniar

When the topics of horse feeding and equine nutrition are discussed among horse people, opinions can vary greatly and fact and fiction may sometimes get confused. A  few weeks ago I surveyed members of my Training Journals course asking what questions they had regarding nutrition and what to feed their horse. Several questions came up more

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