Natural Horsemanship

By Will Clinging - In order to set realistic goals for yourself and your horse, you should first evaluate where your horse is right now. Once you have a goal, you need a plan to achieve success, because with the right approach success is just a matter of time.

By Will Clinging - When working with a green horse, progress is not always consistent. The horse will plateau as he becomes confident in performing what he has been taught. The amount of progress we expect from the horse, and his physical and mental ability to handle increased expectations for performance, will be major factors in how quickly he improves.

Can't or Won't

By Will Clinging - I just sent home a horse that was full of “I can’t.” She was a very difficult and frustrating horse to work with because her instinctive reactiveness made it very hard for her to be successful. She was a scared horse with a hair trigger and had come to rely solely on her ability to get away.

By Will Clinging - There is much debate about round pens and their use. I believe most of the debate stems from the misuse of the round pen rather than good round penning practices. The round pen is a valuable training tool if used correctly.

By Will Clinging - When I started out with horses it was as a working cowboy. The horses I rode all belonged to the ranch I worked for and I thought because I made my living on the back of a horse that I was a good rider. The horses I rode were for the most part considered “broke.”

By Will Clinging - I got an email that really got me thinking. The writer expressed an appreciation for the fact that my training methods do “not rely on props and games, so common since the ‘horse whisperer’ generation (as I call it) evolved.”

Jonathan Field, horse riding sideways, horse yoga, lateral equine exercises, half pass at trot, lateral equine exercises along fence, lateral equine exercises without fence, lateral equine exercises touching ribs, Jonathan Field Horsemanship

One of the first things I teach all of my horses is to move sideways willingly from the ground and while riding. These lateral exercises are beneficial for every discipline as they teach your horse to become flexible through the hindquarters and shoulders, and more balanced and athletic. Sideways will stretch and strengthen the horse in ways that moving straight will not. It is like yoga for horses!

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