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Natural Horsemanship

Some riders hop on and never think of working from the ground before proceeding with mounted work. Other riders swear by their routines—long lists of groundwork patterns that must be done before getting in the saddle. Which plan is right?...
When an emergency is happening, it’s too late to train your horse to cooperate with the veterinarian. It’s frustrating for everyone involved when your horse nervously pulls away, dodges his head or steps away when the veterinarian is attempting...

Equine Motivation

When you train a horse, it’s all about making him feel comfortable when he does the right thing and less so when he does the wrong thing. That training philosophy is based on the horse’s motivation. Horses aren’t motivated by...
Q: Knowing my horses and which is more dominant, should I feed in a specific order at feeding time and turn them out in a certain order? A: The pecking order of your herd matters, and it’s helpful to...
Q: How can I get my horse to longe or go around the round pen in a complete circle? He keeps cutting in to the middle and making his circles too small. A: Cutting in is a common occurrence...
A horse that jigs and goes too fast is frustrating to deal with and no fun to ride. If you feel like you’re in a constant battle with your horse to slow down his feet, a great exercise to...

Dealing with the Lazy Horse

Riding a horse that refuses to go forward is like having a Ferrari with no gas pedal; sure, it's nice to look at, but it's absolutely useless. I teach horses to move forward off my legs using three separate...
Regardless of age or background, I begin all horses’ training in the round pen. As far as I’m concerned, the round pen is the safest area for you and your horse to initially build a relationship because you’re not...
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