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!
Training horses is something not achieved in one day, one week or even one month. Achieving one’s goals is something that takes years, decades and even a lifetime to accomplish. Tristan and I have been...» Read More!
It’s time to hike up our breeches and wipe the chocolate bunny remains off our faces – for many of us, the days after a holiday are for renewing our exercise vows and maybe posting without stirrups...» Read More!
As spring begins to approach in small spurts of sunny weather above 40 degrees, the idea of riding without 50 pounds of clothing on is thrilling. Last Wednesday morning, the sun was strong and for...» Read More!
For the past four years, I have had the privilege of traveling to Aiken in the early spring to escape the cold and snow of central Pennsylvania and to get in some excellent training rides...» Read More!
We are delighted to host Sally Cousins as our newest guest blogger, as she shares her wealth of knowledge with us in the form of weekly training tips. We hope these nuggets of information can be integrated directly...» Read More!
Slow and steady wins the race. How many times have we all heard that saying? It’s a much loved mantra of equestrians everywhere, but it’s simultaneously difficult to remember when times get tough. When I...» Read More!
Ben Hobday recently participated in a demonstration at Your Horse Live to show his training philosophies in action. Using a four-year-old in training as well as his unique partner, Mulrys Error, to show exercises he...» Read More!
There is only one week left in January. Yes, you read that correctly: JANUARY HAS ONE WEEK LEFT! Where in the world has the time gone, and how are we almost 1/12 of the way...» Read More!
As a young rider, I was informed that no rider was ever born with the natural ability to use more leg and seat than hand, and that my instinct to revert to controlling my horse...» Read More!
Post by Anita Motion. Phillip Dutton has begun preparing Graham and Anita Motion’s Icabad Crane for the 2015 season, and a new video series promises an inside look into Phillip’s training methods as well as...» Read More!
During the dark hours of winter, and the slower pace of the off season, I spend an inordinate amount of time pondering the individual challenges that I face with each one of my horses. I...» Read More!
I adore working with young horses, and it’s a good thing too, because that’s more or less all that I do these days. Actually, let me refine that and say that I love the challenge...» Read More!
The dreaded jumping distance. Some people seem to have a natural eye for it, others seem to close their eyes and hope for the best. What is it about finding the elusive perfect distance that...» Read More!
It’s a bit early to be making New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s never too early to get started on your list of things to work on over the winter. When there isn’t much going on...» Read More!
I love babies…horse babies that is. They’re just so darn adorable and impressionable and fun to work with. Every step you take is a huge achievement, which for me makes training them all the more...» Read More!
After having a week to decompress (ok, work every night) since the three day, I’ve been able to think about my weekend, my horse, and plans moving forward from here. Bird is the Word, or...» Read More!
Saturday I went to another indoor jumper show at Stoneleigh-Burnham in Greenfield MA. Instead of riding, I was there to watch, help out a friend, and be a groom. Going to a show, or an...» Read More!