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Learning Handling Skills with “Wild” Behavior

This is how Donia, a 4-year-old warmblood filly, came out of her paddock one day. To most people, such behavior is intimidating to say the least, and should be punished. But let’s take a look at how her trainer, Sarah … Continue reading

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Understanding the 3-Beat Canter

A true canter is a 3-beat movement plus a moment of suspension. It is also known as the “rocking horse” stride because the nature of the gait causes the horse to rock up and down from head to tail. The … Continue reading

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Working the Bend From the Ground

What does it mean to “bend” your horse, and why is it such an important part of training? The following series of photos with their corresponding descriptions attempt to address some fundamentals: Here is Corado, a 17-yr-old warmblood being worked … Continue reading

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Benefits of Stretching

There is much controversy in the dressage world about stretching and, God forbid, allowing the horse to travel with its weight on the forehand. But here is that very combination seen from a different perspective. As this horse stretches, you … Continue reading

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Having a Goal

So, you want to go to a horse show… …or so you thought, until the alarm goes off at 3:00 or 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. and your fatigue, mixed with adrenaline from the nerves that now seem to be getting … Continue reading

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The Nature of Things

Continued from last time… 14. Locate Elements Relationally At the end of my last post I posed the question: “How do we show up (for our horse) in a way that allows us to be the leader of our herd … Continue reading

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The Nature of Things

Continued from last time… 13. Ensure planned redundancy Planned redundancy? I asked myself the first time I heard the concept. Doesn’t that just mire the process down in repeating things you’ve done before? Honing a skill to the point of … Continue reading

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