How to Work Through a Riding Problem

When I work with riders who are brand new to riding, I find they focus first on the techniques and the positions. Where do I put my leg to get him to go faster? I’m using my rein, why isn’t he steering? How do I make him back up? They expect the horse to be

Maintain Great Riding Posture without *too much* Tension

Last week, I posted a blog video on “How to Stop Bouncing When You Ride“. In that video, I proposed the idea that most “bouncing” comes from too much tension, and I demonstrated how by deliberately tightening an area of my body, through pulling my shoulders back or gripping with my legs for example, I

How to Stop Bouncing When You Ride

Do you ever feel as though you just cant get with the movement of your horse? Like you are just bouncing around in the saddle? It may sound like a question for new riders, but even seasoned riders experience this feeling – perhaps in a transition, through a lead change, or on a different horse

Happy Thanksgiving! A special message for your holiday

Real quick as I don’t want to interrupt your holiday celebrations… but I have a fun video for you to celebrate this day of being grateful! I was going through some old archives this past week and I found a video from three years ago today, it was cold and snowy but I went for

Understanding and Helping the Head Shy Horse

In caring for a horse, there is a lot we do around their head. We need to be able to slip on a halter or bridle, give dewormers and other oral medications, or trim the hair around ears, muzzle, and bridle path. When a horse is “head shy”, they may resist any form of handling

The Power of Positive Learning

What are you really good at in your riding? What’s one of your strongest skills? If you hesitated and struggled to think of a response, then you are with the majority of riders I work with. But you are also affecting your potential as a rider and making the process of learning and improving more

One Question to Change Your Riding

To make progress, in any area of life, requires focus. Going in many different directions at once simply creates overwhelm, not real progress. But focus on one thing, and you can achieve real results. This concept can be applied to most any area of life and is as useful for improving your riding and horsemanship

Angelo Telatin and Wendy Murdoch: Starting Riders, Teacher’s Responsibility, Defining Moments

I love collaboration. The idea that two minds are stronger than one. A few weeks ago I introduced two minds, two people, that have had a huge impact on my riding, training, and teaching – Angelo Telatin and Wendy Murdoch. These are two instructors that I have worked with for years separately and I often

Live at the Farm: Stability During Turns, Balance Before Pain, etc.

Last week, we held the Balanced Riding Course Live Event at my farm in Honey Brook, Pa. It was an awesome two days and bittersweet to say goodbye to everyone at the end of the last day. During the event, we had demos and speakers on everything from saddle fit to equine massage, anatomy, and

What’s Different About Gaited Horses?

Do gaited horses need to be ridden differently than “regular” horses? Should they be trained differently? These are questions I’m often asked, so I went to the expert – Larry Whitesell of Gaited Horsemanship. *** My focus as a trainer has been on understanding and solving behavior problems versus training for peak performance or competitive