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Dale Rudin

Dale Rudin is a Certified Horsemanship Association certified riding instructor, trainer, clinician, certified equine nutritionist, and contributor to Young Rider, Horse Illustrated, and HorseIllustrated.com. She is the creator of Unnatural Horsemanship—a mindful approach to the horse-human relationship, and a founding member of Force-Free Tennessee, an animal advocacy organization that fosters humane low-stress training and handling of all animals. She offers positive evidence-based training at her farm, Lyric Valley Ranch, in Tennessee. Rudin sees horsemanship as an opportunity for a mutually beneficial collaboration between our two species. To achieve positive results on the ground and under saddle, Rudin makes the horse’s welfare her first priority. She emphasizes the important of comfort, calmness, confidence, balance, and clear compassionate communication. She works with all breeds of horses in every discipline using positive reinforcement, clicker training, and the principles of classical dressage. Dale offers training, lessons, workshops, and clinics on her farm in Santa Fe, Tenn.

Rescue? Me?—A Sudden Realization Creates a Change in Horse Training Tactics

I never thought in a million years I would open an equine sanctuary in my mid-50s and that I would…

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Getting the Most Out of Attending a Horse Clinic

Anyone can benefit from going to a horse clinic. One of the advantages is the quantity of information you will…

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How to Choose a Western Bit

Here are some tips on how to choose a western bit suitable for your horse: Western horses are ridden in…

3 years ago

Sidepass Solution

Q: I’m having trouble getting my horse to sidepass. He wants to go forward, backward, or sideways with his body…

3 years ago

Hand-Feeding Treats to Horses

Hand-feeding your horse treats will make him mouthy, disrespectful, and dangerous! This conventional rule of horsemanship has been taught for…

3 years ago

Going Bitless

Metal and synthetic bits are long-established cornerstones of control, but they aren’t for every horse or rider. Some see bitless…

4 years ago

7 Steps to Better Trail Riding

American Competitive Trail Horse Ride by Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington via flickr/CC BY 2.0 Trail riding with…

4 years ago

Happy Trailers

Trail riders living on expansive acreage, close to public lands, or next to accommodating neighbors are the fortunate few. Most…

5 years ago

10 Tips for Trailer Training Success

Be safe: Wear gloves, boots, and helmet. Protect your horse’s legs during training with standing wraps or shipping boots. Use…

5 years ago

5 Tips for Western Saddle Fit

1. Tree Spread and Angle When viewed from the front, the spread and slope of the skirts should be an…

5 years ago