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

How to Steer a Horse While Riding

I’ve got a new video for you today but I will keep the description short as we are in the middle of “Adult Camp” here at my farm! I did want to take a moment and thank you for all the awesome comments on the last post about “heels down.” Our community is growing to

Is “Heels Down” Good Advice for Riders?

“Heels down!” May be the most common advice given to riders in all disciplines, but just how important is this part of our riding posture? While I do agree that the lower leg ankle and heel play a big role in our stability and the effectiveness of our riding aids, I believe that there are

Keeping Riding & Horse Training Fun

Riding and training should be fun! There may always be moments where it feels easy to become frustrated with yourself or your horse, but when those times do happen, come back to these three keys to find the joy again!

Are You Ready to Trail Ride?

Going for a ride outside the confines of the arena can be enjoyable and exhilerating, whether riding along wooded trails or in open fields. However, riding outside also has its challenges and dangers. Many horses are just more exciteable in an open environment and there is generally more for a horse to react to along

Training the Turn on the Forehand & Haunches

Asking a horse to move sideways and to move his shoulders and hips independently is a foundational piece to training more advanced movements later. It is also a practical skill on its own for opening gates, placing a jacket on a fence, or moving your horse on the trail to allow another horse to pass,

Clinic Highlights: Spooking, Rein Tension, and Progressive Training

I always come away from Angelo’s clinics with loads of new information and ideas buzzing in my head and a new excitement for both riding and teaching. Angelo’s knowledge of horse behavior, fascination with trying new things, and true love of riding are always evident at these clinics. It’s a fun weekend for both participants

How Saddle Fit Affects the Rider – Interview with Jochen Schleese

Bring your legs back, get your toes forward, sit up straight! These are common words from riding instructors trying to help their students find a more balanced and correct position. But what if the rider’s position was not a fault of their lack of riding ability or skills but rather a result of the fit of

Are Dominance and Leadership Important in Horse Training?

When we are riding or working with horses, is it important to “be the boss?” Do we need to establish ourselves as being first in the pecking order, and does the horse need to view us as being the dominant or alpha individual in order to pay attention and follow our instructions? Is leadership important?

What is a Cue and How to Use them in Horse Training

The cues we give our horses play a big role in how they behave, but what exactly is a cue and how do cues work? Simply put, a cue is a signal to do something, and we train our horses to respond to signals from our legs, reins, voice, and body. Cues can be intentional or unintentional, some