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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

3 Stretches for Your Horse – Great for After a Ride

When our horse feels good physically, they can enjoy the ride too. The most special part of riding is the connection we create with our horses, and one facet of that connection is helping them feel the best they can. Riding, even at a basic level, asks a lot from the horse. They weren’t designed

Improve Your Riding – Even When You Can’t Ride

If you love riding, it probably feels as though you never get enough time in the saddle. Especially right now, as many barns are just reopening, and clinics, lessons, and shows have been canceled. There are so many priorities to pull our attention, but what if you could anchor your day with a few simple

Where Should Your Foot Be in the Stirrup?

It is often the small changes in our riding that can make the biggest difference. A shift in one part of our body can affect so many other areas, but many of these smaller details or nuances about riding aren’t taught in regular riding lessons and may even seem counter-intuitive in the beginning. Today, we

Take an Extra 5 Minutes to Change Your Ride

Today, I have a simple challenge for you. We all have times where we rush through life. We go through the motions of our day without pausing to take in the moments, and fully experience what we are doing. When we do this with our horse, and during our riding time, we miss opportunities for

What Causes Anxiety in Horses?

Our connection to horses can be a respite from many of the concerns in our human lives. But when that connection seems to fail due to our horse jigging around, snatching at the bit, calling frantically for other horses, and generally acting like a hot mess, it can create just one more form of frustration

How to Safely Expand Your Comfort Zone

Get back on the horse Just get over it – push through Stop being so afraid These are the kinds of messages we are told (or we tell ourselves) about how we should respond to fear. The common narrative is that to improve, we need to be outside our comfort zone. But here is the

Why Smart Horses Get a Bad Rap

I love working with the so-called “problem horses”. They are the ones that have always made me better as a trainer. They are the ones I wake up at night thinking about. One reason I love these “problem horses” – they are almost always highly intelligent. In fact, it is just this – their intelligence