All Blog Posts Tagged 'horse training' (473)

Schooling Your Horse on the Trail

Trail riding or hacking is a fantastic way for both you and your horse to experience the world outside the gates of the arena.

However many riders look at riding on the trail as merely a way to relax and unwind.  And while they are not wrong, riding along a bridle path is a fantastic way at boosting the connection between you and your horse, it is often an overlooked opportunity for schooling and working through different exercises and movement, with the advantage of doing so in a…

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Added by Lorna Leeson on June 18, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

10 Tips to Inspire the Horse That is More Whoa Than Go!

A reader from England describes her Welsh gelding as “way more whoa than go.” She writes, “I want to do as much as possible at liberty with him and build a bond and incentive for him to want to be with me.” That’s the good news!



The trouble is: “When I have got on…

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Added by Heather Nelson on June 17, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

How To Retrain an Ex-Racehorse

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Ex-racehorses are unique, and present different challenges when it comes to retraining. They’re incredible athletes, and while they’re quickly gaining popularity among riders, ex-racehorses aren’t for everyone. To successfully work with an ex-racehorse, you need to understand their unique mentality. Here are some things to think…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 29, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How to make friends with a horse

How to make friends with a horse?



"Give him what he needs and he will give you what you want“



I think the quote is by Pat Parelli and it sums up what I think is the basis for a good relationship with our horse: the change of perspective.

In order for the relationship to thrive, we need to put our horse‘s needs…

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Added by Nadja Mueller on May 29, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Supple at Liberty to Develop Your Ultimate Riding Horse!

I just had an incredible training session with my mare, Whimsy! What does an incredible session look like? It’s a session where you have complete connection with your horse and your horse gives everything they’ve got to practice the exercises.…

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Added by Heather Nelson on May 17, 2015 at 12:41am — No Comments

How a Runaway Happens.

You know that feeling when a wreck is going to happen but you just can’t look away? It’s a magnetic, anxious feeling, followed by half-hearted guilt; time slows and it would feel better if you could laugh. It’s hoping for the best, but…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 15, 2015 at 9:08am — 2 Comments

Tips to Help the Ring Sour Horse

Riding a ring sour horse doesn’t make for the most enjoyable time. Unfortunately, being ring sour is a problem that affects many horses, especially those in serious training. Want to improve your horse’s ring sour behavior? Here’s how.

Understanding Why a Horse is Ring Sour

Most horses become ring sour out of boredom. If you have been riding your…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Building Solid Foundations for Jumping

Jumping, it has the ability to thrill and to strike fear into riders, sometimes all at once!   However, if approached in a systematic and patient manner, most of the fear will dissipate allowing both you and your horse to enjoy jumping; whether it be a pop every now and then, or a trip round a course of fences weekly at a local show.

You can listen to the audio lesson over on the original blog post …

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Added by Lorna Leeson on April 8, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Riding a Hot Horse



Have you ever found yourself riding a hot horse where the slightest touch of your leg sends them shooting forward with the speed of a snake strike?  Even worse, once they start on that forward trajectory, they get heavier and heavier on your hand, they get more and more unbalanced until eventually there is an epic tug of war happening; horse and rider pitted against each other, often at speeds, which for the space you are currently occupying, are breakneck! …

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Added by Lorna Leeson on April 7, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Does Your Equipment Help Your Horse's Education?

This is what happened to me last year: I led the frisian and one of his buddies through the village to the pasture. The frisian wasn‘t too keen on it and dragging along, the other one excited to finally get access to gras. Still, he looked right and left along the way hoping for some snacks. He was walking freshly next to me on a loose rope but within seconds he turned away from me and dragged me along some steps to an apple tree and some rotten fruits on the…
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Added by Nadja Mueller on April 2, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

When to Dismount and Say Thank You.

“Asking your horse to hold your weight at the halt, like gossiping cowboys with their legs hooked over their saddle-horns, is much harder for a horse than moving with weight on his back. When you’re not riding, kindly get off his back.”

This quote is from last week’s blog and Cathy asked me to…

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Added by Anna Blake on March 27, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

What is a Working Student in the Horse Industry?

“Working student.” It’s a phrase that is often thrown around in the horse world, but what does it really involve? If you’re questioning whether being a working student is right for you, or even whether you should take a working student on yourself, this information about the world of the working student may…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to Use Spurs Effectively

I don’t use spurs, because I don’t want to make my horse dull!”

If you’ve shared this opinion with so many riders I meet, you’re in good company!

But what if I suggested that the opposite might also be true?  As a woodworker might choose smaller chisels to refine the details of his project, so…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 21, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Why is Your Horse 'Falling In'?

More importantly, how do you know if your horse is falling in?  The quickest and easiest way I can explain this is to imagine you are riding a circle which you have planned out beautifully in your head; but as your horse travels around it you seem to be getting more and more off track with each passing stride; in fact what started out as a 20m circle is soon resembling a 10m triangle, drawn by a three year old...

Or another area this where problem can tend to rear its ugly…

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Added by Lorna Leeson on March 18, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Conversations About Poles - Why Groundwork Isn't an End in Itself

I have to confess: I don't always have a plan when I come to the arena with the horse. Sometimes it isn‘t even decided whether I ride or work from the ground. Usually, I prepare for riding from the ground  - and if something‘s wrong or I feel that the time is right to teach something new or to improve something old, I will do that and forget about riding. My plan evolves being with the horse. The same often happens with…
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Added by Nadja Mueller on March 14, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Engaging the Horse's Head

What do we do if our horse breaks gait? Most of us will probably be annoyed, whack the horse and tell him to speed up again. Still, there is something in the mere act of breaking gait that‘s worthwile to think about.
Maybe you know the quote „Let your idea become the horse‘s idea“, which is pretty well known in horsemanship circles. We not only want our horse to follow the feel and understand the aids. We want him to understand what our focus…
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Added by Nadja Mueller on February 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How to Monitor a Horse Away in Training

When sending a horse away for training, that horse may be away for a few weeks or even a few months. And while you may have done your homework before sending your horse away for training, there’s still room for things to go wrong. Monitoring your horse when he’s not at home can be tricky, but it’s also important to ensure that he is safe and training is…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 21, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why Reward (for Horses) is Overrated

I reward too often. I reward when I shouldn't. I reward behavior that doesn't deserve it (anymore). How, some may ask. You cannot reward often enough! Reward fuels motivation, without reward no learning!



Wrong (at least in my opinion).

To understand the most important lessons, horses need no reward.



I don't know about the…

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Added by Nadja Mueller on January 20, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Should You Send Your Horse Away for Training?

Sending a horse away to a trainer requires a good deal of trust, since your horse’s care and wellbeing will be in the trainer’s hands. If you’re planning to send your horse away for training, you will want to make sure that the horse will be safe and that the training will be a positive experience. Here are some factors you’ll want to…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 14, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Rope Halters - Use and Fit

The new year is here and I start it with some practical advice. I asked my newsletter subscribers if they had any wishes and they asked for more horse training tips and advice. So here we go - the first article will be about rope halters
Working almost every day with a rope halter, I've almost forgotten how I used to struggle to get the knot right and all the questions I had about it. So my goal today is to answer all rope halter…
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Added by Nadja Mueller on January 12, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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