Helpful Links

Here is a collection of articles, videos, books, and blogs that you may find helpful in your equine journey. I’ve tried to organize them in a way that makes sense, but you will probably have to sort through them a bit.


Blogs


Terry Church’s Blog “Finding Pegasus”

Perhaps one of my most trusted equine professionals, Terry was classically trained in dressage as well as being a student of Tom Dorrance. On her blog she offers advice and analysis of different scenarios pertaining to groundwork, riding, and horsemanship.

Anna Blake’s Blog

Anna Blake is an advocate for the horse and explains in her blog how we should strive to communicate with our horses as our equals. She primarily rides classical dressage, but also helps the misunderstood horses.

Rider Horsemanship

Caroline Volandt-Rider is a behavior specialist and holistic educator who combines classical dressage, the art of horsemanship, and her taoism beliefs into her horsemanship. She answers reader questions on her blog through a brief summary and well-explained demonstration video.

Art 2 Ride

Will Faerber and Karen Loshbaugh present articles centering on classical dressage and correct biomechanics of riding.

Doing the Work

Kathleen Lindley Beckham writes articles on natural horsemanship theory based on her extensive equine background.


Articles


Dressage


Pyramid of Training for the Everyday Horseman

In this 4-part article, Terry Church re-draws the traditional dressage training pyramid to make it both more accessible for the everyday rider and more focused on the mental health of the horse.

Dressage Levels for the Everyday Horseman

In this 3-part article, Terry Church explains the basic principles of dressage in a way that riders of all disciplines and levels can understand and implement.

Turn of the Forehand

Terry Church explains what the turn on forehand is and how to achieve it in simple, easy-to-follow terms in this article.

Transition to Harmony

This article by Terry Church explains the disconnect between modern dressage and the rule book’s definition of dressage as a harmonious development of the horse. She also offers insight into how she works to achieve true harmony.


Theory


Learning to Learn About Horsemanship

Jan Young explains our journey as horesemen and how we can get started even when we know we don’t know anything.

The Nature of Being

In this article Terry Church explains a bit about her journey and how she has learned to see her horses, and the rest of the world, through her work with Tom Dorrance.

Remembering Tom Dorrance

Here Terry Church attempts to put into words some of Tom Dorrance’s fundamental beliefs and how we can continue our journeys without him there to guide us.

First Impressions

Joe Wolter discusses the need to assess the horse in the moment instead of relying on preconceived notions of how he may behave or has behaved in the past.

One More on Attention

In the article Jeff Derby explains how the horse’s eye shows us where his mind is and how that should influence our training.

Some Horses In My Life

Bryan Neubert explains how sometimes the goal shouldn’t be to stop a behavior, but just let the horse wear himself out until he realizes that he doesn’t have to do that anymore.

Being Mindful In and Out of the Saddle

In this article, Jec Ballou explains how riding requires a special state of mind where we can be still, focus, and apply ourselves in the moment.

Contact: It’s Not About The Reins

Wendy Murdoch explains what contact is and why we should broaden our definition in order to better communicate with the horse.

Too Many Horses Can’t Cope

This article by Neil Davies chronicles how traditional training systems work and challenges readers to change the system so that good horses are not discarded due to failure of the system.

Learning to Learn

Martin Black describes how we can teach a horse how to be a better learner and how we can work with the horse’s natural instinct instead of against it.


Technique


Learning Feel

Wendy Murdoch explains feel and offers a technique to get in touch with the present to unlock your ability to feel.

Do It Yourself Guide to Good Leg Position

In this article Wendy Murdoch explains the biomechanics of good leg position and provides detailed exercises in order to improve your position.


Health


What Humans Can’t Teach: The Importance of Herd Socialization for the Performance Horse

Allison Schultz explains why horses need group turnout or a pasture environment in order to develop into confident, well-adjusted, successful performance horses.

Detecting Lameness in Your Horse – Part 1

In this article, Sue Stuska explains the basics of how to detect lameness and what exercises you can do to help you feel and see lamenesses.

Colic: Causes, Precautions, and Treatments

Sue Stuska explains the basics of colic and how you can be as proactice and prepared as possible.

Shoeing for Soundness and Performance

This article by Elaine Pascoe offers a great overview of correct farrier work and the impact it has on your horse.

Wild Horse Foot May Not Be Good Benchmark

This article overviews Dr. Brian Hampson’s research on Australian wild horse feet and explains why the wild horse may not be a good model for farrier work on domestic horses.


Videos


A Cup of Worry

Ross Jacobs explains how horses hold onto worry, which can lead to unexpected or explosive behavior when we aren’t doing our due diligence to take care of our horses’ worry.

Training with Feel – A Basic Understanding

In this video, Ross Jacobs goes over the basics of what feel is and why it is important.


Books


True Unity by Tom Dorrance

If you only have time to read one thing, get this book and read it. Then reread it. Here Tom explains how he sees the horse and his basic philosophies.

Think Harmony with Horses by Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt explains his ideal relationship with a horse and how he works with horses.