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Groundwork & Handling Archive

6 Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe Around Horses

Most of us equestrians find that our love of animals extends beyond horses, many of the riders I know also have dogs and would love to be able to safely bring their dog to the barn. Horses and dogs can seem natural companions, but both pose a danger to the other – especially when scared

What Does Your Horse Value? Positive Reinforcement for Horses

What is most motivating for your horse during training? Knowing what your horse really likes, and being aware of how this changes in different situations, is key for using positive reinforcement in your training. There are different “levels” of reinforcement, and when we know how our horse responds to different rewards – types of food

What Keeps You Safe Around Horses

Safety is important for every rider. Even the most experienced among us can still have accidents. But there is one factor that is more important than anything else for staying safe around horses. It is more important than following a set of rules and can help you make decisions to stay safe in any situation.

Tips on Lungeing Safety

Lunging can be a beneficial exercise for both horse and handler when done safely and properly, but accidents can happen quickly. In this video I show you how to stay safe. Here are the three main points we are going to discuss: 1. How to avoid getting you or your horse tangled in the lunge

The Issues of Trailer Loading

To continue our discussion of fear and desensitization with horses, today we discuss a situation where these issues often come up – trailer loading. In this video, I don’t try to address every problem we could face when loading, but rather look to address some of the challenges with loading, as well as share safety

Methods of Desensitization in Horse Training

Many people think of desensitization as the old method of “sacking out” where the horse is restrained and presented with the scary stimulus – usually plastic bags, saddle pads, blankets, tarps, etc., until he no longer responds to them. While this is a form of desensitization, there are many other forms of desensitization that can

How Equine Conformation Affects Performance and Soundness

This week we have something a little different for you here at the blog… in today’s video we will be discussing horse conformation. Can you look at a horse and be able to tell how he is going to move? Or where he is most likely to develop a lameness if he is in heavy