Survival instincts

Survival instincts

Everything a horse does that is counter-productive to the humans wishes derives from one of the two survival instincts of the horse. If you can develop an understanding of these two survival instincts and then combine them with the skills and techniques of...
CLINICIANS- CHOOSING ONE

CLINICIANS- CHOOSING ONE

What to look for & questions to ask Recently I got into a discussion about clinicians with some friends. It brought to mind some things I have learned from both sides of the industry- Attending clinics on one side and running them on the other.  Some tips on...
Things Change

Things Change

As we get older, things change. Things that meant a lot to us earlier in life seem to not be so important anymore. Sometimes when we are tired and sore or simply feeling our age it is hard to get excited about anything. Just lately I have got really excited about...
INTUITIVE RIDING

INTUITIVE RIDING

Feeling the hoofbeats Recently I was helping a rider with her canter departs. She was constantly getting the incorrect lead. Now there can be a host of reasons why this happens. There are many causes and many fixes. Right now I am not going to address those. I got...
Training for the Stop

Training for the Stop

Building a good stop Although This was written from a Cowboy Challenge perspective it applies to every discipline and is the system I use on every horse I train. Believe it or not- even dressage. The stop is one of the most important CC obstacles -why? Even if there...
Refinement

Refinement

THoughts on Refinement Just lately I have been helping a lot of my students with advanced work. My intention with this article is to try and define refinement as I see it. To me when impulsion, respect, flexion, and submission all come together we have a recipe for...