Every year as the weather changes and winter begins knocking at the door, the big blanket debate seems to reappear. There are charts and discussions passed around social media, and inevitably my clients also begin asking what I think. I decided I would create a list for them, and anyone else who might have blanketing […]
Category: Training tips
3 Simple Exercises To Test Your Horse’s Obedience
Obedience is an interesting thing between a horse and rider. Sometimes even when we feel like our horses are behaving well, a situation will arise that makes you wonder what went wrong. Those moments when your horse blatantly blows you off or has “other plans” when you request something can be a surprise to many […]
Natural Horsemanship Vs. Classical Dressage
There is a fine line between training the body and training the brain in your equine partner. While I have always used concepts of “natural horsemanship” in my building of the mind, this tool is only a slice of the big picture. I also use many classical dressage concepts to build the athlete they need […]
Carrots for love?
Do you feed your horse too many treats? Money can’t buy you love Horses can be very food motivated. And using treats as a reward is sometimes a great approach to training. But I want to address another type of treat giving that is not always a good thing. Trying to buy your horses love […]
Starting a rescue horses training
Repost from 2018 The big black gelding stood eyeing me from the grooming area. His owner was busily grooming and prepping him for me. His expression was one of reservation. Not at all that he looked nervous or worried, but there is a certain look that shows mistrust. His story was a sad one. A […]
What can a young horse learn in a round pen
What do I start with in the round pen? This will give you some ideas what it can give you and your horse.
Does your horse stand quietly at the mounting block?
Repost from 2017 Mounting block woes More often than not, one of the side effects of the horses I train is a horse that stands quietly at the mounting block. The clients usually notice within a short time and comment on it. They are mystified as to what I have done to their horse, who […]