Paying the Piper: A Kristull Chronicle

A rancher’s work is never done. With all intentions of working with little Kristull Abaddon as prescribed in How to Train the 3 week old Foal, ranch work came first. Fences needed fixing. Pastures needed mowing. Mow Decks and Seed Hoppers needed repair, and a myriad of other day-to-day jobs always nag. It happens to… Read More Paying the Piper: A Kristull Chronicle

Training Exercises – Foal 3 Weeks Old

By now your foal is getting pretty big and strong. He has also experienced a lot more of life: He has had daily sessions of Loop control and halter control. If your baby hasn’t experienced any of these routines, make it a point to introduce them right away. He still isn’t standing still to be… Read More Training Exercises – Foal 3 Weeks Old

Training Exercises – Foal 3 Days Old

The purpose of this exercise is to catch, restrain, gently control, and release the baby every day so that he gets used to giving to pressure from the very beginning. This lesson will also reinforce his earlier contact-imprinting as you enlarge your rubbing, stroking, and manipulating of his body, legs and feet. All of this… Read More Training Exercises – Foal 3 Days Old

Training Exercises: Flex Training

Teaching Your Horse to Flex The object of this exercise is to teach your horse to move his neck and shoulders: to bend and flex laterally (left to right) and verticaly (up and down). Lateral Flex is the KEY to every exercise from now on. It prepares your horse mentally for your partnership and teaches… Read More Training Exercises: Flex Training

Training Exercises: Collection

Collection is generally defined as having a horse’s body rounded, face vertical, neck rounded, back rounded and rear engaged – moving his weight to the rear and lightening his front. He will look more attractive, his physique and muscles in his back will improve, his attitude will be more engaged, and his ride will be… Read More Training Exercises: Collection

Training Exercises: Sidepass

Sidepass The sidepass or sideways lateral movement also starts on the ground. Some trainers teach it by 1. face the horse into the rail 2. stand facing his side 3. ask him to move (either by pressuring him physically with your hand or using your handy stick) – first his front, then his rear, then… Read More Training Exercises: Sidepass

Training Exercises: Bending at the Walk

Bending at the Walk. A supple body and a supple mind make a horse into the best ride possible. Controlling your horse’s body – each part of it – is everything. A horse who goes around a circle with his head on the outside is off balance and could actually fall if asked to do… Read More Training Exercises: Bending at the Walk

Training Exercises: Spur Use

Used primarily for lateral movement left and right. The precise placement of a spur on a horse’s body can induce him to move different parts of his body left or right: his shoulder, his rear, his rib cage. Spurs can make leg yields more precise. They can help you refine the subtlety of leg communication… Read More Training Exercises: Spur Use

Training Exercises: Contact

In order for your horse to understand his bit cues or his leg and seat cues he has to be able to feel them. Contact is the amount of surface area where your body or your signal can be felt and the quantitative value of the pressure there. Horses ridden in most English riding activities… Read More Training Exercises: Contact

Training Exercises: Leg Yield Under Saddle

Beginning Leg Cues Well-trained horses use leg cues, face cues, and seat cues to anticipate what their rider wants them to do. A really well-trained horse and rider can perform with leg and seat cues alone. That is the fancy “bridleless” horse you see at exhibitions. Leg cues are used to tell the horse which… Read More Training Exercises: Leg Yield Under Saddle