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A New Way to Consider the Intelligence of Your Horse

Do you ever wish you could spend a day seeing the world as your horse does? To experience how they think, how they learn, and how they feel. I’ve always been fascinated by how different individuals, people or animals, think and learn. In today’s video, I’m going to discuss the intelligence and cognition of horses, but

Learning from Different Instructors: How to Benefit from the Experience of Many While Avoiding Confusion

Last week, I visited the Horse World Expo, a local event that pulls in equine professionals from around the country. As I sat outside the various arenas listening and watching the different trainers, clinicians, and speakers teach riding and training exercises and horsemanship theories, I thought about the benefits of learning from different teachers, but

How Different Environments Can Give You a “Different” Horse

If you have ever gone to a horse show or a big group trail ride, you know that the environment you take your horse in can make him behave very differently. At home he may be relaxed and attentive, but in a new place or with other horses, he may be anxious, spooky, or seem to

3 Simple Problem Solving Questions

I’m often asked questions about various horse and rider problems such as: My horse won’t go forward, I have to kick him just to keep him going… my horse rushes at the canter and won’t slow down… my horse won’t stand still at the mounting block… I love questions and I love helping other riders, but

The “Big Picture” of Horsemanship

We all want to be better riders. We can picture ourselves riding confidently, our horse calm but responsive, as we canter through an open field, trot along a winding trail, soar over a brightly colored jump, or prance through the perfect leg yield. But the truth is… it takes work to get those “great rides”!

Achieve Your Riding Goals… the Easy Way

Have you ever set big goals for yourself but then watched your motivation fizzle, and your progress towards that goal come to a grinding halt? You can achieve your riding goals, by learning to create easy habits, no matter what your experience level or how much time you have. In the last few videos we’ve talked

Reflect on Your Riding and Plan Your Success

New Years. I love this holiday, and not just because of the New Years Eve parties. I see New Years as a time of fresh beginnings. A time to both look back and celebrate the successes of the year but also to look ahead and dream about the future, and then start putting a plan

Use Positive Reinforcement to Improve Your Riding

Positive reinforcement isn’t just important for your horse at the barn or for your dog at home. Positive reinforcement works for you too and it can make your riding better and the learning process a lot more fun. You don’t even have to change the way your riding instructor teaches. You can use positive reinforcement

Do That Again! Change Any Behavior by Understanding Reinforcement

As a horse trainer, I think about behavior all the time. Why are the horses I work with acting like this? How can I change it, how can I teach them or motivate them to do something different? The answers are often both simple and complex at the same time. A truth I have come

How to Ride Posting Trot… the Skeletal View

Posting trot is a gait many riders struggle to learn and struggle to do well. It may feel difficult to “stay with the movement” of the horse, or to avoid the feeling of easily being thrown off balance. We are often taught rising trot with the chant of up, down, up, down, but the actual