Developing Young Horses Into Champions

Doug Payne and Lysander. Photo by Sally Spickard. Doug Payne and Lysander. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Doug Payne’s book, The Riding Horse Repair Manual, has been well-received for its advice on training and developing horses.

Doug just posted this video chronicling his work with Lysander, a horse we talent spotted awhile back who just completed the CCI2* at Fair Hill last month.

This is a great look at the growing up of “Leo” who is owned by Doug and Kristin Michaloski. There really is something to be said about the development of a horse from the early stages of training through, potentially, an upper level career.

Many of the tips and tools that Doug talks about in his video are available in his book, which can be seen and purchased through this link.

Seeing horses like this progress is always encouraging for those of us who are attempting to “make” our own partner. After all, it’s all about the journey at the end of the day, right?