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3 Times to Use In Hand Work with Your Horse

Whenever we learn a new technique or exercise, learning it is just the beginning. Making it part of our routine practice is the key to finding the benefit in any new learning. Over the past week, we have hosted the online In Hand workshop with Patrick King (no relation despite the last name, although we

What is “Athletic Relaxation”?

We want our horses to be relaxed, calm, quiet. However, the ideal learning state is not one of total relaxation. The best state for training movement and balance – for us or our horses – is a state of athletic relaxation. It is a place of balance with both calmness and engagement. How do we

Get Back on the Horse? 3 times NOT to do this

“Get back on the horse” isn’t just advice for riders, it’s become a saying for not giving up, being brave, and being resilient. But is getting back on always the best advice? In this video, I am going to share three times when you should NOT get back on the horse. One, even two of

How to Use the “Right” Cue at the Right Time

Outside leg, inside rein, less hand, lift the rein… How do you know which cue to use when to communicate with your horse from the saddle? How do the great riders seem to do so little, and get such clear responses from their horse? In today’s video, I describe the concept of becoming “fluent” in

Draw Reins, Side Reins, Martingales, Bits… Is Extra “Equipment” Helpful?

Walk into any tack store and you will find what may feel like endless options of equipment for horse and rider. There are walls of different kinds of bits, variations of bridles, reins, nosebands, and training aids that vary from simple to complex. Many of these tools are designed to change how a horse feels

Finding the ‘Right’ Stirrup Length

Are your stirrups too long? Are they too short? What actually is the right length for our stirrups? In today’s video, I’ll give you both the simple answer to this, and a few easy tips to determine your stirrup length. The full answer to what is the right stirrup length is a bit more complex

5 Questions to Ask Your Riding Instructor

Whether you are just learning to ride or honing your skills, having the right instructor is crucial to a great experience. I have been publishing riding education online since 2012, and am passionate about helping riders, whether they have a great local instructor and want more out of their lessons, live in an area where

Unconventional Thoughts on Nervous Horses

Have you ever worked with a nervous horse that flinched, spooked, and startled at every movement? They feel consistently tense and uptight, and even just moving normally around them can seem to set them off. Think of the last time you were around one of these nervous horses. Did it put you on edge too?

How to Hold and Use a Whip While Riding

If you have ever ridden with a whip or riding crop and found it frustratingly difficult to just hold both the reins and the whip, let alone use either effectively to communicate with your horse, today’s video will be invaluable for you. I will share how and where to hold the whip that you may

Using Treats to Train Your Horse? Here is what kind of treat to use and why

Food is a powerful motivator, and is a very useful tool in training. Using food when training horses is frowned upon by some out of the concern that feeding a horse will cause pushiness, biting, or a horse who is just always looking for a handout. If food or treats are used inappropriately, they can