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Top Three Exercises for Bad Weather
January 23rd, 2019

Has the winter weather gotten you down? If you aren’t fortunate enough to have access to an indoor arena, winter can mean months of not riding or working with your horse. Today I have compiled a list of my top 3 exercises to do when the footing is not good enough for typical forms of […]

The Effects of Barn Environments on Horse Owners
January 16th, 2019

As a continuation of last week’s blog post I thought it would be great to talk about how our barn environment affects our ability to work with our horses in a useful way and what we need in a barn. If you didn’t see last week’s post you can read it here. The most important […]

The Effects of Environment on Training
January 9th, 2019

When I hear about a horse with behavioral or training issues the first thing I ask about is the horse’s environment. Although the behavior certainly requires some training to correct, the first step in any problem solving is to determine the cause. Nine times out of ten I find the cause to be environmental. Horses […]

Coping Mechanisms
January 2nd, 2019

Recently I’ve been working with a few horses who have some rather serious issues. Most of these issues occur when the horses are stressed or put in unfamiliar situations. This has really gotten me thinking about the coping mechanisms horses develop and how we can help horses cope better. Horses in the wild generally do […]

Mental Work
December 12th, 2018

When we think of working a horse we automatically think of movement and physical exercise. Many equestrians lament not being able to work their horses in the winter do to weather. While not everyone has an indoor arena to ride in, there are plenty of other ways in which we can work a horse that […]

December 5th, 2018

It is pretty well accepted that equestrians should be the leaders in their relationships with horses. However, the term “leader” means a lot of different things to different people, making it easily misunderstood. As with governments, there are many different ways in which we can be leaders to our horses. I think when most people […]

Training Sessions
November 28th, 2018

There seems to be this idea in the horse world that you are only training your horse when you are specifically working on something. Most people don’t consider their grooming and tacking up time to be part of their training. Training only occurs when you are actively working the horse in a round pen or […]

Thanks for All the Support!
November 21st, 2018

With Thanksgiving tomorrow I thought it would be an appropriate time to give thanks to all the horses who have helped shape my horsemanship and all of you who have allowed me to learn and grow with you and your horses. Thank you for being patient and forgiving as I continue to learn and be […]

Rein Length
November 14th, 2018

There are two distinct schools of thought in determining the correct rein length. Some people will say you should ride with a short rein until your horse earns the right to have a long rein. Others will tell you to ride with a long rein until you have earned the right to ride with a […]

Threats vs. Actions
November 7th, 2018

18 year old me with my horse looking at me and saying, “Really? I don’t believe you.” There is a certain school of thought in horse training that you should never hit, push, or otherwise use physical force on a horse. Although I certainly don’t want to promote beating horses into submission, I think the […]