When I read that neither horse’s spines nor their legs bent to the side, but that they turned by rotating the vertebrae in their back in order to change the path their hind legs took I had to think it out for myself. Sure enough, when I really looked at the difference between the horse’s […]
The first photo I have included has poor resolution because it is an old Xerox copy of a photo of my Spanish Colonial Medicine stallion at the working trot. I have ended up using it because I could not find an image of a horse moving correctly at the working trot unencumbered by a rider […]
One of the huge factors in the epidemic of back problems our horses struggle with is the fad of insisting that the horse move with their neck arched and their head tucked into a fixed position regardless of what they are doing. I am stunned by how many riders of late seem to be genuinely […]
One of my questions my Fly By Night publisher never responded to was how to go about getting a couple of beta readers for my manuscripts. I have this peculiar and persistent idea that my instructions and stories on horse training should be tested to make sure that they are accessible, engaging, and usable before […]
Thank you for your interest in my blog. The information in this post is an excerpt adapted from Developing Independent Aids, the fifth book in my series on horse training. Lest people think that my insistence that horse and rider become proficient at their tasks before ever mounting up is some odd, new-fangled, or unproven, […]
By the time a horse begins to vocalize (groan) with pain IF they ever do make noise at all their situation is life threatening. Noticing signs of pain , distress, and discomfort early on is vital in schooling and competition as well as horse keeping. Learn to see, not just look!
Thank you for your interest in my blog. The information in this post has been updated to reflect my series on horse training. Click here to see what other books are available. A survey from Victoria, Australia, noted that for children, riding was the third-highest recreational activity requiring hospital admission. For adults, it was the […]