Applying the Riders Seat

A rider that uses their seat correctly is a rider that is seeking refinement and finesse. When a horse responds to the seat, self-carriage will be able to exist for longer periods of time. Most of what we do with our horses classically, they do in nature. Training is...

Accountability and Perspective

Does this sound familiar? My horse did this, and he didn't do that, and I had a terrible ride today. Insert your scenario into "this" and "that" to complete the picture.   So why did your ride really go south? I believe the majority of the time, that "bad ride" is...

Outside the Sandbox

Most of us enjoy riding outside the arena. But, for many horses, this can be a scary thing. Many riders simply choose not to take their horse out of the arena for fear of their own safety and or their horse's safety. Here is a tip to help you know when your horse is...

Listening

We have all been there. You're at a gathering, and you are with a group of friends. There is one person who just keeps talking and talking. You cannot get a word in edgewise. Do you do this to your horse? Talk and talk and direct and give him no room to communicate...

Change is Hard

Change is hard!!! It is hard to mentally accept that there is another way of doing things with your horse. Not to mention muscle memory just makes things happen the way you have trained yourself to do it.   When you have been doing things a certain way with your horse...

When to Progress

  It is important to know when to take the next step in your horse's training. Most riders try to advance their horse before he is ready. If the horse is not educated in the basic movements, he will not be able to perform what is being asked of him well enough and/or...

Self-Carriage

Self-carriage is often spoken of in many equestrian disciplines and is of great importance for our equine partners.  What is self-carriage?  Simply put; it means that the horse is able to sustain his position with minimal support from the rider. One of the greatest...

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