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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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 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.
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.
Will Faerber and Karen Loshbaugh present articles centering on classical dressage and correct biomechanics of riding.
Kathleen Lindley Beckham writes articles on natural horsemanship theory based on her extensive equine background.
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.
In this video, Ross Jacobs goes over the basics of what feel is and why it is important.
This video explains the different actions of different bits utilizing visuals of the bits in a horse’s skull for reference.
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.
Ray Hunt explains his ideal relationship with a horse and how he works with horses.
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Wendy Murdoch explains feel and offers a technique to get in touch with the present to unlock your ability to feel.
In this article Wendy Murdoch explains the biomechanics of good leg position and provides detailed exercises in order to improve your position.
Stacey Hastings introduces the crossfit squat – a great way to get in shape and improve your riding.
Janet Hannon explains how to work towards collection and a horse who is soft in the bridle and trusting of the rider’s aids.
Susanne von Dietze explains that correct spine alignment in the rider allows the horse to more easily carry his shoulder in this rider critique.
Susanne von Dietze explains how a light dressage seat can help a green horse learn to lift his back.
Jane Karol explains how to establish a light, following seat at the sitting trot.
This articles gives the basics on how to use your seat as an aide by explaining the passive, following seat and a resisting seat.
This article outlines the differences between bend and flexion and when you might use each of them.
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.
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.
Terry Church explains what the turn on forehand is and how to achieve it in simple, easy-to-follow terms in this article.
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 explains the benefits of shoulder-in and how one should ride / train this movement.
EquiSearch explains how to ride the 10 meter circle in a first level dressage test.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jean Luc Cornille notes the sceintific effects of side reins as opposed to the supposed effects and makes a strong case against them.
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.
This article overviews research by Hilary Clayton showing the importance of the chest sling muscles for correct biomechanics and collection.
Erin Gillmore shares highlights of a clinic by Laura Graves that focused on the universal principles of forward and straightness.
Wendy Murdoch explains what contact is and why we should broaden our definition in order to better communicate with the horse.
Laura Graves explains the necessity of having a horse who stays forward on their own and light to the aids.
Lisa Pierson explains how to correctly ride a halt using your seat instead of your hands.
Eric Smiley explains the benefits of cross training and riding outdoors for both horse and rider.
Uta Graf, a German dressage rider, explains how stretching is the basis for developing any discipline of horse
Ingrid Klimke explains the benefit of cross-training and the importance of developing a horse who loves their job.
Jan Young explains our journey as horesemen and how we can get started even when we know we don’t know anything.
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.
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.
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.
In the article Jeff Derby explains how the horse’s eye shows us where his mind is and how that should influence our training.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clay Wright explains that natural horsemanship is more of a mindset than a technique.
This article by Elaine Pascoe explains the equine memory in depth and touches on how this can impact training.
Allison Schultz explains why horses need group turnout or a pasture environment in order to develop into confident, well-adjusted, successful performance horses.
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.
Sue Stuska explains the basics of colic and how you can be as proactice and prepared as possible.
This article by Elaine Pascoe offers a great overview of correct farrier work and the impact it has on your horse.
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.
Eliza McGraw shares information on winter hoof care and explains differences in the hoof between winter and summer.
Kentucky Equine Research presents a study on the potential link between selenium deficiency and cribbing.
Kentucky Equine Research explains the benefits of adding ration balancer pellets to your horse’s diet.
Kentucky Equine Research links age and obesity to gut biomes, indicating a possible treatment option for obesity.
The beginning of a 4 part series covering everything there is to know about hooves.
This article gives an overview of common equine dental maladies and how they might affect performance.
Kentucky Equine Research explains the body condition scale and how to use it to judge your horse’s weight.
Lucy Elder summarizes a study correlating both cribbing and ulcers to stress in horses.
Clair Thunes, Phd explains why you shouldn’t work your horse on an empty stomach.
Premier Equestrian explains arena footing and the biomechanics of the hoof / leg in response to different footings in this article and video.
This article explains a study proving horses could learn to indicate blanketing preferences based using set symbols.
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.
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.
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.
Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. explains the various forms and uses of equine assisted therapy in this comprehensive article.