FHSHow-To Guides Archives - Free Heart Stables
5 Tips for Dealing with a Spook
January 30th, 2019

We get it, all horses spook. Is there anything we can do to help our horses (and ourselves!) through a spook except just hanging on for dear life? To answer that question, yes! There are a ton of things that we can do to help prevent, or at least minimize, a spook. Here are my […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tying Your Horse
October 17th, 2018

It seems there are as many philosophies on tying horses as there are horsemen. Opinions vary from those that think every horse needs to know how to tie to a solid post to those that never tie. I think there is a middle ground. Safety Concerns When Tying First off, everyone needs to understand that […]

Leading (How To)
October 3rd, 2018

I’ve had several people ask me when they need to do groundwork before they ride and when they can just get on and I’ve found myself having a lot of difficulty answering this question. Although to most people’s eyes I often “just get on”, in my opinion that isn’t possible to do unless someone leads […]

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 […]

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 […]