A good horseman seeks to communicate with the horse in ways the animal will understand. If you search for a definition of horsemanship online, you’ll find the following: ”A rider or driver of horses, especially one whose skill is exceptional; a person skilled in caring for and managing horses. Skill in, or the art of, riding, managing or training horses.” I think the skill … Continue reading Horsemanship Is Learning Their Language
We all are creatures of habit, good ones and bad ones. It is the things we repeat most that stick with us and we go to them without conscious thought most of the time. The definition of habit is “A settled or regular tendency one that is hard to give up.” When I teach … Continue reading Do you have the right Habits?
Use Walter Zettl's shoulder-in entwickeln exercise to improve your dressage horse's suppleness, balance and rhythm. In the shoulder-in entwickeln exercise you ride shoulder-in on the long side, straighten your horse on the diagonal track, ask for shoulder-in again and ride the movement back to the track. This shoulder-in exercise by Walter Zettl requires an … Continue reading Walter Zettl’s Shoulder-In Entwickeln Exercise
You hear this over and over again, move your horse from the inside leg to the outside rein. Do you really understand that relationship? Anytime you ask your horse to make a turn, a circle, or ride around a corner you need to use that inside leg to outside rein connection. It is a … Continue reading Inside Leg to Outside Rein
Everyone always talks about having the horse ON the aids, not in front or behind them. I want to share with you a great exercise for a softer hand. This will invite your horse ONTO the bit for better communication. It doesn’t matter if you ride Western or English, do the Hunters, Jumpers, or Dressage at any level, or just want … Continue reading How to improve the feeling in your hand
You are rushing from work to the barn, just got out of the last meeting, and had to make sure that your husband didn’t forget to pick up the kids from soccer practice. The traffic is pretty bad and you barely make it in time to get your horse tacked up and in the ring … Continue reading Is your Base Energy High or Low?
Have you ever wondered why some days everything just comes together and flows and you and your horse are working like a well-rehearsed team. Other days nothing seems to flow or go right. The days when all the stars line up, your horse is right there underneath you waiting to fulfill your every command, it … Continue reading Do you have the right Focus and Commitment?
Did you know that your eye is directly linked to the floor of your pelvis???...If your eyes just got bigger and started wandering to your crotch you want to know more about this! How many times have you been told by your instructor….eyes up, look where you are going…..Here is a deeper (literally) reason why. … Continue reading Eyes up
Any time you pick up the reins on a horse and ask him to step up from behind, you are creating power….the question is do you have enough controls to regulate that power and make it do what your test or course requires? Power is a great thing to have on a horse, however power … Continue reading Do you have Power and Control?
We all know that we use our aids to communicate with the horse. Leg and rein aids, our seat, voice, and artificial aids, spurs and a stick. How much and how precise we use them tells our horse what to do when. Any time you are putting your foot into the stirrup irons you will … Continue reading Are your aids a symphony or a jumblemumble?