Actually Researching Horseness…

I do have a lot of criticisms of our modern horse industry. The trend towards treating horses as animal production units that should be replaced every three years for maximum profit has devastating repercussions (click here) short and long term.  So when there is a move towards looking into and respecting the horseness of the […]

The Gallop and the Horse’s Back

Horse people tend to use the words canter and gallop interchangeably, when the horse actually has two distinct hardwired versions of the canter/gallop. Dressage trainers call one version a four-beat canter. Personally I call it the galumph because it is an awkward collapse towards the front  that feels like the horse is progressing by moving […]

The Working Trot and the Horse’s Back

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 […]

The Free Walk and the Horse’s Back

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 […]

Kikkuli Principles of Horse Fitness

Thank you for coming to my blog.  I appreciate your interest, and want to let you know that the content of this post is being incorporated into a series of books. Horse  fitness is as vital now as it has been to cavalry for some 3500 thousand years although our challenges are a little different.  […]

Learn To See

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! Here are a few […]