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Expert Interviews Archive

“The Broader View of Training” Interview with an Equine Behavior Consultant

When training a horse, it is important to look at the big picture. There are many factors that influence behavior and in many cases, the resolution of a problem may require more than just “training”. This is where an equine behavior consultant can play an important role. I sat down with behavior consultant Sharon Madera

Nature or Nurture – Which Creates the Better Performance Horse & More from Equitation Science Conference

We know that a person’s childhood and early development plays a large role in their beliefs and behavior as an adult. Could the same be true for our horses? Does the length of time they spend with their dam, their interaction with other horses, and their early experiences shape the “horse they become?” This is

“Girthy” Horses, the Lick & Chew, Rider Strength & More: Equitation Science Conference

I just arrived home today after a beautiful 10 days in Italy. It was one of those trips that I could say, when asked the reason for my visit at the customs booth, was “for work,” although I feel lucky to be able to call what I do work. The 14th Annual Conference for the

Putting Relationship First – Lessons from Equine-Assisted Therapy

Horses have played a integral role in human life and society for years, providing transportation, carrying us through war, helping us work the land in farming, providing sport and entertainment. But perhaps today, their role is shifting, as horses today provide us with companionship and even healing… Equine therapy has risen in popularity, and for

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

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

Is Your Horse Pain Free? Saddle Fitting with Dr. Joyce Harman

Saddle fit affects every rider. Jumper, reiner, dressage, or weekend trail rider – we all need to pay attention to our saddle fit in order to keep our horses happy and healthy and for us to feel comfortable and balanced too. Many behavior problems as well as soundness problems stem from a poor fitting saddle.

Linda Tellington Jones – Mindset, Gratitude, and Touch

After marrying her riding instructor at age 17, excelling in many equestrian disciplines, running a top riding school, and developing the unique system of TTouch (a system of touches to calm and heal) Linda Tellington Jones is still going strong at age 79, traveling the world to teach and lead her team of instructors. I

Wendy Murdoch: Finding New Possibilities

As riders, we all have things that hold us back. Often there are little patterns of movement or areas of tension that make use feel as though we can’t find our balance, like we need to constantly grip the saddle, or that we just can’t get “in sync” with the horse’s movement. Wendy Murdoch is

Connection, Relationship, Control… what Therapy Can Teach Us About Horses

Last month I hosted a clinic at my farm – it was a clinic teaching equine assisted psychotherapy. I didn’t know what to expect, I was just hosting the event, but I looked forward to learning a few things that I thought might help me with my riding students. By the end of the weekend,