How To Get Your Horse to Stand at the Mounting Block
June 11th, 2018

One of the most common complaints I get from owners is that they cannot get their horse to stand still at the mounting block. Either the horse walks right past it, walks off as they put their foot in the stirrup, or doesn’t wait for them to get fully positioned before walking off. Causes of […]

The Basics of Collection and Throughness
May 31st, 2018

Recently a lot of my students have been struggling with the concepts of collection, thoroughness, and roundness. To me, this is the foundation of riding. These classical dressage principles allow us to improve the horse’s way of going, which in turn will improve their longevity and overall health. First, a little vocabulary. Throughness is achieved […]

Equine Sports Massage Therapy
March 29th, 2018

I will admit, I was a little bit leary when I first heard about massage for horses. I mean, I’d never had a massage, why would I pay to have my horse massaged? However, I started to become more interested in massage as part of my journey with my chronically not-quite-right mare, Lucy. I went […]

“Slow” Work
March 22nd, 2018

It seems to me in this whole world of horses everyone is always rushing. We hurry to tack up, to get on, to finish our ride, to get to the show, to get home, to… What’s the point? Why do we even bother riding if that’s how we really feel? I think our whole culture […]

How To Lower Your Horse’s Head
March 22nd, 2018

Lowering your horse’s head is a great way to help your horse relax, give to pressure, and focus on you. It is one of the most basic elements of horsemanship that anyone can learn, but many people have never been taught. I use this exercise any time I am first meeting a horse to get […]

“Natural” Horsemanship
November 9th, 2015

“…anything forced is not beautiful.” ~Xenephon, The Art of Horsemanship “I try to feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse is.” ~Tom Dorrance For the last five years I have been struggling with the term “natural horsemanship”. When I was writing about my training style on this website, I paused […]