Of Cowboys and Frenchmen

‘Any horseman who cares to risk Becoming unpopular among his best friends Can learn some surprising things about horsemen and horsemanship Simply by asking, Every time he hears a dubious bit of stable lore, ‘Why?’ Or even worse, ‘How do you know? To about nine out of ten There is no more baffling, More exasperating […]

Words are the Source of Misunderstandings.

“What must I do, to tame you?” asked the little prince. “You must be very patient,” replied the horse. “First you will sit down at a little distance from me–like that–in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of […]

The Counted Walk Part III- Hands Without Legs, Legs Without Hands

When legs and hands are used simultaneously, The former instinctively correct The blunders of the latter, And vis versa, The rider is unaware of their mistakes On the contrary, Their alternate use deprives the rider Of these instinctive and reciprocal corrections. Horse Training, Outdoor and High School By E. Beudant Once the horse stays calm […]

The Counted Walk Part I- The Human Side of the Equation

The disability from which I suffer Is a great handicap But there is a bright side to everything And my inability to apply the aids strongly Has been a great lesson to me. I can use but very little force, And the results obtained by my weak efforts Have convinced me that horses Are generally […]

Competitive Dressage Could Interest Me If….

There has been some heated discussion recently among the dressage crowd, competitive and otherwise, that has given me hope that there might be people out there who do truly wish to demonstrate how they and their mount can work in harmony.   The good thing about controversy is that it does push people to speak up, […]

Why Jaw Flexions ?

This exercise is the first of our attempts to accustom the forces of the horse to yield to ours. It is necessary, then,                                                             to manage it very nicely,                                                                   so as not to discourage him at first. To enter on the flexion roughly would be to shock the animal’s intelligence, who […]

Headsets or What Is Ramener?

This first act of submission, which might appear unimportant, will have the effect of quickly rendering him calm, of giving him confidence, and of repressing all those movements which might distract his attention, and mar the success of the commencement of his education. Two lessons, of a half hour each, will suffice to obtain the […]