FHSPhilosophy Archives - Free Heart Stables
Taking Your Time Without Drilling
May 15th, 2019

I feel like my greatest challenge as a trainer is knowing when to take my time to really get something good and when to move forward so as not to drill. Some of my friends implement a “45 minute rule” where they set a timer and wrap up when it goes off. In a lot […]

Mental and Physical Tension
April 24th, 2019

I think as horsemen it is very common to get into this routine of releasing either physical or mental tension. You start to frame your whole training session as making the horse more relaxed or more supple. You might even use both those words together, but if you really look at what you are doing […]

5 Tips to Be a Better Horseman
April 10th, 2019

As horsemen and women we are constantly striving to make our horses better. Many of us put our horses in training so that they become more educated, we take lessons to learn how to how to work them better, and we constantly read articles in order to provide better care and training. However, this focus […]

Trusting Your Instinct – Lessons from Last Weekend’s Terry Church Clinic
March 27th, 2019

Last weekend I went to a clinic with the ever-talented Terry Church. I’ve worked with her a lot over the years and always look forward to bringing her my greenest, most challenging horses to help sort out. This year I didn’t have a particularly challenging horse to bring, so I brought my 4 year old […]

Letting Go in the Release
March 20th, 2019

As some of you may know, I went to a clinic a few weeks ago with the wonderful and talented Amber Lydic. I learned so much from her in such a short time, but what has stuck with me the most is about my release. If you know me or have ever worked with me, […]

Best Laid Plans
March 13th, 2019

I was feeling a little bit discouraged this week because I have a lot of events planned for the end of March and April and my horse has once again managed to hurt himself. I started to think that all of my plans were for naught because something always seems to get in the way. […]

Meditation – Becoming Better Part 2
February 27th, 2019

How has your observation been going over the last week? Have you been fighting the urge to get up and do something? Last week I told you to spend some time simply observing your horse at liberty without interacting with your horse or getting distracted. If you didn’t see that article, check it out here. […]

Becoming Better
February 20th, 2019

We have all heard that in order to become better horseman we need to ride more. In fact, I think it is just the opposite. I think if we spent less time riding or doing anything and more time just observing and being in the company of horses we would grow immensely as horsemen and […]

Doing Nothing
February 13th, 2019

Today I caught myself feeling upset that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with my horse. All I wanted to do was ride him, but he hasn’t been able to be ridden for a while for various reasons. It reminded me that I I’m getting far too caught up with what I want […]

The Delicate Balance of Horse Management
February 6th, 2019

All too often I see people locking their horses in stalls with blankets and boots and everything short of bubble wrap. They won’t turn their horse out with a buddy for fear of injury and avoid even individual turnout in the winter. These horses remain clean and free from injury, save the occasional exercise-related injury […]