Lost in Cyberspace

Seeking Common Ground which focuses on equine behavior and handling horses from the ground and The Gymnastic Circle which focuses on equine biomechanics, conditioning and lungeing should be available soon! I actually sent the first manuscript off to the e-publishers the end of January. Apparently it disappeared into cyber space somewhere between my computer and […]

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 your interest in my blog. The information in this post has been incorporated into my series on horse training. Click here to see what books are available.   Summary of Kikkuli Principles Whatever Kikkuli intended to do under saddle, he did first by leading the horse (not in the same day – […]

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 […]