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

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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.

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.

Do You Know How Your Horse’s Bit Works?

This video explains the different actions of different bits utilizing visuals of the bits in a horse’s skull for reference.

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.

Articles

General Riding 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.

Learn the Crossfit Squat to Help You Ride Better

Stacey Hastings introduces the crossfit squat – a great way to get in shape and improve your riding.

Uncover the Mystery of “On the Bit”

Janet Hannon explains how to work towards collection and a horse who is soft in the bridle and trusting of the rider’s aids.

Focus on the Spine to Correct Shoulder Position

Susanne von Dietze explains that correct spine alignment in the rider allows the horse to more easily carry his shoulder in this rider critique.

Find a Stable, Forward Seat to Help Your Young Horse

Susanne von Dietze explains how a light dressage seat can help a green horse learn to lift his back.

Finding Harmony in the Sitting Trot with Jane Karol

Jane Karol explains how to establish a light, following seat at the sitting trot.

How to Use Your Seat

This articles gives the basics on how to use your seat as an aide by explaining the passive, following seat and a resisting seat.

What is the Difference Between Bend and Flexion

This article outlines the differences between bend and flexion and when you might use each of them.

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.

Janet Foy: How to Ride a Shoulder-In

Janet Foy explains the benefits of shoulder-in and how one should ride / train this movement.

10 Meter Circles Deconstructed

EquiSearch explains how to ride the 10 meter circle in a first level dressage test.

Building Power in Relaxation with Hubertus Schmidt

This article explains how a top German dressage rider keeps his horses relaxed even at the highest level of collection and why this is so important in dressage.

George Theodorescu – A Dressage Warning

This article draws from an article written by George Theodorescu in 1995 where he challenged the direction dressage was going. Unfortunately, we are still seeing tense horses with hollowed-out backs and trailing hind ends winning at the upper levels.

Jumping

Richard Spooner: Pearls of Wisdom

This article highlights a clinic by Richard Spooner where he gives tips on riding hot horses and reminds participants of the importance of flatwork between fences.

Biomechanics

Leg Movers vs. Back Movers

Dr. Gerd Heuschmann explains the difference between leg movers and back movers. Pictures illustrate the difference between a horses correctly using their bodies and those that are not.

Reasons Why We Do Not Use Side Reins

Jean Luc Cornille notes the sceintific effects of side reins as opposed to the supposed effects and makes a strong case against them.

Modifying Muscle Patterns to Build a Better Equine Athlete

Jec A. Ballou explains the importance of strengthening the horse’s inner muscles instead of only focusing on the large exterior muscles to provide gait stabilization and increase range of motion.

The Significance of a Horse’s Chest Sling Muscles Biomechanic Research by Hilary Clayton

This article overviews research by Hilary Clayton showing the importance of the chest sling muscles for correct biomechanics and collection.

Riding Theory

Laura Graves: Less Work, Bigger Reward

Erin Gillmore shares highlights of a clinic by Laura Graves that focused on the universal principles of forward and straightness.

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.

Laura Graves: How to Create a Self-Going Horse

Laura Graves explains the necessity of having a horse who stays forward on their own and light to the aids.

Why Practice Halting Without Reins?

Lisa Pierson explains how to correctly ride a halt using your seat instead of your hands.

Eric Smiley: Don’t be an “Arena Rider”

Eric Smiley explains the benefits of cross training and riding outdoors for both horse and rider.

The Importance of Riding in a Stretching Position

Uta Graf, a German dressage rider, explains how stretching is the basis for developing any discipline of horse

Ingrid Klimke: Train for Your Horse’s Pleasure

Ingrid Klimke explains the benefit of cross-training and the importance of developing a horse who loves their job.

Horsemanship 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.

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.

What is Natural Horsemanship?

Clay Wright explains that natural horsemanship is more of a mindset than a technique.

Equine Memory

This article by Elaine Pascoe explains the equine memory in depth and touches on how this can impact training.

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.

Caring for Your Horse’s Hooves in Winter

Eliza McGraw shares information on winter hoof care and explains differences in the hoof between winter and summer.

Possible Link Between Selenium and Cribbing in Horses

Kentucky Equine Research presents a study on the potential link between selenium deficiency and cribbing.

Ration Balancer Pellets

Kentucky Equine Research explains the benefits of adding ration balancer pellets to your horse’s diet.

Age, Obesity Alter Equine Intestinal Microbiome

Kentucky Equine Research links age and obesity to gut biomes, indicating a possible treatment option for obesity.

Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 1: Horse Hoof Biomechanics

The beginning of a 4 part series covering everything there is to know about hooves.

Equine Dental Care: Painful Points and Uneven Arcades

This article gives an overview of common equine dental maladies and how they might affect performance.

Condition Scoring of Horses: The Topline

Kentucky Equine Research explains the body condition scale and how to use it to judge your horse’s weight.

Stress Link Between Crib-Biting and Stomach Ulcers, New Research Suggests

Lucy Elder summarizes a study correlating both cribbing and ulcers to stress in horses.

Should My Horse Exercise on an Empty Stomach

Clair Thunes, Phd explains why you shouldn’t work your horse on an empty stomach.

Miscellaneous

Arena Footing Explained like You’ve Never Heard it Before

Premier Equestrian explains arena footing and the biomechanics of the hoof / leg in response to different footings in this article and video.

Horses Communicated Blanketing Choices in Norwegian Study

This article explains a study proving horses could learn to indicate blanketing preferences based using set symbols.

How Wild Horses Deal with Death and Grief: A Rare Insight

William Simpson recounts a story of the life and passing of a wild mustang that frequented his ranch. From it we can gain insight into horse culture.

Paying the Price for Spectacular Horses

Dr. Karin Leibrandt explains how horse breeding has valued spectacular movement over the soundness and welfare of the horses. The increased hypermobility leads to discomfort, increased neurological disorders, and shorter careers.

30 Days Does Not Make a Well-Broke Horse, Folks

This article helps explain the amount of time it takes to start a horse and encourages owners to place their horses in training longer, take lessons, and stay involved in the process for the good of both horse and owner.

Equine Assisted Therapy: A Unique and Effective Intervention

Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. explains the various forms and uses of equine assisted therapy in this comprehensive article.