We ride for different reasons, and those reasons can change over time. So, I asked J. Michael Plumb (JMP) what he likes to work on when not preparing for a competition … and … now...» Read More!
With usual competition schedules we can easily get in the mode of ‘training for the next event/show’ rather than training our horse. With the current COVID-19 concerns riders are sharing their exercises – jumping and...» Read More!
There’s your earworm for the day: “R-e-s-p-e-c-t … find out what it means to me …” Gotta have it, just a little respect. Oh, yes. In order to receive respect from your horse, as an...» Read More!
The 2018 eventing season is upon us and perhaps you are looking to move up a level this year. But as you go up the ladder it’s not always about the height of the jump,...» Read More!
Training horses for success in a variety of disciplines calls for an intelligent and thorough approach to their upbringing. Over thousands of years, horse trainers have created numerous systematic approaches in order to develop a...» Read More!
New year, new approach to training? Maybe. Sometimes, when you look at a season from the beginning to the end, and make all sorts of plans for yourself and your horse, it all looks clear....» Read More!
Having goals is important. Whether it’s to someday ride in Rolex at the four-star level or to finally perfect that walk to canter transition, goals keep us focused. But when do goals stop being goals...» Read More!
As the season gets into full swing, it’s time to really start honing in on all three phases so as to do your best this year. Thanks to many helpful hints from top riders, such...» Read More!
Kaitlin Hartford, a 16-year-old eventer from Callahan, Florida, is blogging about her journey to competing in this year’s Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover with her OTTB Family Foundation, better known as Sven. It has been a while since I have...» Read More!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Even during the festive season I enjoy refining my training even while not riding (whether that’s because I’ve enjoyed too much Christmas cheer Christmas Eve or too much Christmas...» Read More!
We’re pleased to bring you a special guest blog from Athletux rider Dani Sussman, who expands on the idea of horses as teachers. Many thanks to Dani for writing, and thank you for reading! Be...» Read More!
We’re excited to be publishing Area III Young Rider Diane Portwood’s video blog series as she chronicles her life as a college student and eventer. In this week’s vlog, Diane discusses and shows us the...» Read More!
We recently found a few new pole exercises that may be helpful to add to your winter (or any season!) training routine. Here’s another one to add to the mix from Horsephysio....» Read More!
For me, Thanksgiving not only means bountiful amounts of delicious food, it also marks the end of most of my horses’ holidays. After a 3-Day Event (or the end of the season), they get a...» Read More!
With the official start to the off-season, it’s time to start thinking outside the box when it comes to your winter training routine. For those of us not fortunate to winter somewhere warmer, this involves...» Read More!
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...» Read More!
You think, after you have ridden for many hours, and many miles, over many parts of the world, doing many things with horses, that there is a wisdom you’ve come to know. This wisdom stays...» Read More!
You’ve done your lessons, you’ve cross country schooled, your horse is fit and now you’re at your show and have gotten that pesky dressage test out of the way — it’s time to inspect your...» Read More!
You’ve done your lessons, you’ve dutifully stored your skills away in the compartment in your mind specifically reserved for horse training (i.e. the most important part of your brain!), yet you’re still stuck on that...» Read More!
Each day I set out with a purpose for each horse. It may be to improve their medium trot or shape over a fence — the idea is that you practice what you’re not good...» Read More!
Before you get too excited and think I’m about to share my eHarmony dating experiences with you, I should explain I’m referring specifically to the union of horse and rider! There are many factors which,...» Read More!
Each person has a different time frame to work with when planning their show schedule. For me, the upper level horses start competing at the beginning of February in Georgia and continue on their way...» Read More!
Aside from nutrition and shoeing, fitness is the most important part of a performance horses program. I rate it above training. For a horse to answer the questions you ask him on the flat and...» Read More!