All Blog Posts Tagged 'training' (247)

How to Make Swimming With Your Horse a Success

woman and horse in the sea

Do you plan to take your horse swimming this summer? Swimming with your horse is a fun summertime activity. These tips will help ensure that your experience is a success.

Make Sure Horses Are Allowed

When you’re planning your trip, check to make…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 6, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Buying the Right to Make a Correction.

She’s Tomboy. I don’t write about her often enough; she’s a little more serious than my corgi men. She’s a Briard, a French herding breed that has a very protective side. Tomboy appointed herself my personal bodyguard when she was a tiny pup and has…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 26, 2015 at 10:34am — No 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

Cowboys, Dressage Queens, and Respect.

I got badmouthed by a cowboy recently. He dressed the part way too seriously.

It’s okay, in dressage we think of ourselves as eternal students. There isn’t a day that goes by that horses don’t teach me something. I…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 1, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

Restore your Self Belief when Things Go Wrong

When things go wrong in our horse work, our horsemanship, our riding.....we begin to blame ourselves; but we also take it further.  Sometimes we can blame ourselves so much when things go wrong that we stop trying, we stop searching for an answer, we stop attempting to move forward and begin to move backwards.

This does not just affect our relationship with our horses, it starts to creep into other areas of our lives, how we see ourselves, our social interactions, our careers…

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Added by Chanti Cleland on April 8, 2015 at 10:52am — No Comments

Affordable Ways to Rejuvenate Your Horse Show Wardrobe

As spring arrives, so does horse show season. While it would be great to buy yourself a new wardrobe each year to start the season off fresh, doing so probably isn’t practical. If your wardrobe from last year is looking a little drab, there are a number of ways you can spruce it up without spending a…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 23: Taking Stock

I finally found a couple of free evenings and finished a sword-holder and stirrup lance-bucket, so I can now strap my repro 1908 British Cavalry Sabre onto my repro 1912 UP saddle and re-introduced Oakley to the sport of tent-pegging.

Last time we did this was over 2 years ago, and he was... skittish. He got terribly upset at the sound of the sword drawn from the scabbard, he was nervous about the sight of a drawn sabre, tried to escape from the waving pennant on the lance, and did…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on February 6, 2015 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Seeing Things Like Horses Do.

We see things differently than horses.  And like usual, I think we should try to be more like them.

To start, one of the easy ways to tell if a mammal is predator or prey is eye position. Predators, like us humans, have our eyes close together, aiding our depth perception and…

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Added by Anna Blake on January 23, 2015 at 8:50am — 2 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

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

Being Grateful for Things You Don’t Like.

My favorite training mentor had a habit that drove me nuts. She would be working with a horse who spooked or flipped his head or had some other issue that made him a disaster and when she climbed on, if you were close, you could hear her say in a low…

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Added by Anna Blake on November 28, 2014 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

Mounting Block Manners

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 2, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Details That Make a Winner

We’ve all heard it – it’s the attention to details that makes a winner. So over the next few columns, can I share some of the details I see overlooked as I walk across the show grounds or sit in the judge’s booth?

Gotta say, most of these are training oversights. And believe me, years ago I’d…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Should You Let Your Child Bring Home a Summer Camp Horse?

Many riding camps offer campers the option of bringing home a camp horse at the end of the summer. Camps save on the upkeep costs of their horses, and some lucky campers get to enjoy having “a horse of their own” for the year until it’s time for the horse to return to the camp in the early summer. But is bringing home a camp horse a good option for your…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Tips to Develop Your Horse's Topline

Is your horse's topline lacking? A good topline both improves a horse's appearance and makes it easier for him to carry himself properly. If you're looking to develop and strengthen your horse’s topline, these exercises can help you do that.

Before You Start

Before you begin working on your horse’s topline, remember that for these exercises to be…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 7, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Listen First, Train Later.

Photo by Patrick McMahan

The first time I met him, he was two months old standing in a stall with his mom. He was bright and intuitive, an Andalusian/Appendix…

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Added by Anna Blake on July 11, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Walter Sings the Songs of his People.

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Walter, Tomboy, & Preacher Man supervising chores.

My friend Sarah says, “All dog stories end the same way.” I know what she means. None of us humans are getting out…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 30, 2014 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

Equine Behaviour term of the week: Primary and Secondary Reinforcers

Reinforcing a behaviour is something a trainer does to make the response more likely to happen again.  When a builder reinforces a bridge or structure, he’s making it stronger. And that’s what I want to do each time  gets the right answer.



A primary reinforcer is giving the…
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Added by Lindsay Grice on December 28, 2012 at 7:57am — No Comments

Do Some Horses Learn Quicker Than Others?



Smart. Clever. Dull. Clueless. We all have stories of horses that connect the dots and others that …don’t. So, really, are some horses sharper than others?

As a trainer, I’ll swear to the value of having a well-defined, systematic approach to training. I’ve also learned (sometimes the…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on December 11, 2012 at 7:34am — 4 Comments

Equestrian “luck”

Horse psychology insights: for a winning edge in the show ring and in…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on November 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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