Schooling

Lindsay Grice, connecting with your horse, long horse necks, tense horse neck, stretch horse long and low, graceful horse neck

Unfortunately, when a horse is tense through her neck and spine, there is no way to achieve that long, swinging trot and slow legged canter that we desire. Instead of lengthening, she just gets quick. The solution is to teach your mare that it is “safe” to stretch long and low and to fill out the frame of the box.

conditioning for equine soundness, equine cardiovascular fitness, long slow distance training horses, proper horse shoeing, strengthening horse on firm ground, Lesley Stevenson

By Lesley Stevenson - Throughout the world, horsemen employ many different methods of conditioning the horse. And indeed there are quite a few different "programs" that result in a fit athlete. But most programs focus on the aspects of the horse's fitness that are the most visible - their musculature and their aerobic capacity (cardiovascular fitness) - without enough thought to strengthening bones, tendons, and ligaments.

Starting Over with Will Clinging

As a trainer I used to ride a huge variety of horses. Some horses I would meet only once, some I would work with for a few months, but rarely did I get the chance to ride the same horse for much longer than that. They say variety is the spice of life but things can, on occasion, have a bit too much seasoning.

Get Lazy Horse Move Forward, Jane Savoie, 6 steps horse driving aids, lazy horse, forward horse, energetic horse, horse training, dressage horse, Jane Savoie, dressage training, horse riding aids, sensitize horse

By Jane Savoie - Are you sick and tired of doing all the work while your lazy horse plods along without energy? Remember that a horse can feel a fly on his side, so logically there's no reason for him to be dull to your legs.

Jonathan Field explains why purpose is important and shares tips on how to ride with purpose in the arena from his Riding DVD #5 "Test Your Teaching: Challenge, Purpose and Fun."

Lindsay Grice, horse training, horse riding canter, self-carriage horse, riding self-carriage, establishing expectations in horses

Boundaries. When dealing with kids or horses we do them a favour by establishing limits and expectations. When boundaries shift or are not well communicated, dullness, distraction, and resentment can arise.

hard-mouth horses, equine hard mouth problems, sore equine mouth, equine hard mind, overcoming equine hard mouth, overcoming equine hard mouth, teaching the headstrong horse

Most people who are involved with horses have at some point ridden a horse with a “hard mouth.” There is a lot of advice and equipment designed to deal with this problem but understanding how the mouth became hard would be more help than a stronger bit. I believe that there is no such thing as a hard mouthed horse; they are “hard minded” horses.

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