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Dale Rudin

Dale Rudin is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)-certified riding instructor, welfare-centered trainer, rehabilitation specialist, saddle fitter, and certified equine nutritionist. She is a founding member of Force-Free Tennessee, an animal advocacy organization that promotes humane, low-stress training and handling of all animals. Dale's No. 1 goal is to create joyful experiences for horses and the people who love and care for them. She uses compassionate, reinforcement-based training methods that reduce stress and benefit the horse both emotionally and physically, and specializes in restoring health and wellness to horses with mild to severe physical, emotional, and behavioral issues. Dale offers instruction and consultations in person and online. She accepts horses for training and rehab at her farm, Lyric Valley Ranch in Santa Fe, Tenn., which is also the home of Pure Joy Horse Haven, a sanctuary for traumatized and abused horses (purejoyhorsehaven.org).

What is the Cause of Your Horse’s Behavior?

If asked what type of personality your horse has, you might say he’s an alpha, stubborn, people-pleasing, nervous, difficult, easy-going,…

3 weeks ago


Feed to Prevent Founder

We all love to see our horse enjoying a graze on delicious spring grass. But that pasture your horse eats…

1 year ago

The Five Freedoms and Equine Welfare

Most of us have pondered whether our horse has a life he enjoys. Is there any way to find out?…

2 years ago

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…

2 years ago

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…

2 years ago

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…

5 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…

5 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…

5 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…

6 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…

7 years ago