Sing to Me: A Kristull Chronicle

For Courtney A new Odyssey Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns Once upon a time, there was a young maiden named Courtney. She was tall for her age, thin and tall, limber, and strong. She loved the countryside. And she dreamed of having a horse. She dreamed and… Read More Sing to Me: A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Problems: Training The Abused Horse

Equine PTSD. Let go of it. Approximately 50% or more of the people I meet with a problem horse tell me that the horse is a rescue, was abused, or was PROBABLY abused before they got it. Horse abuse pulls on anyone’s heart strings. It comes in the form of neglect and malnutrition or is… Read More Horse Problems: Training The Abused Horse

The Horse Tooth Fairy – A Kristull Chronicle

It has been raining for a week solid, and the mud is ankle deep all over the ranch. But we have an appointment with the Horse Tooth Fairy, Loren Hardie, to float the teeth on several horses today. “Floating” involves a series of rasps (called floats) of different sizes, angles and depths that are inserted… Read More The Horse Tooth Fairy – A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Basics: Picking up the feet

Picking up your horse’s feet can present a challenge, but it is necessary. Some horses refuse to lift the foot. Some grab it from you and stamp it to the ground. Some put all of their weight on it when you are holding it. Some kick when you try to get close. Some kick out… Read More Horse Basics: Picking up the feet

Training Exercises: Maintain Direction

Maintain Direction When you set a course from point A to point B, your horse should travel in a straight line, maintaining his speed and direction until you ask him to change either or both. If you have been following this discussion in order, we have not yet worked on direction over the long haul.… Read More Training Exercises: Maintain Direction

Training Exercises: How to Introduce a bit

It is a good idea with a young, inexperienced horse to work with his mouth before introducing a bit. Play with his lips. Put your fingers into his mouth, massage his bars, rub his palate. This can be done with newborn foals during the imprinting process or on an older horse who has not had… Read More Training Exercises: How to Introduce a bit

Training Exercises: First Ride

Day 1: First day moving with a rider in the saddle

Training Exercises: Jeffrey’s Method of First Mounting

I was introduced to this method for first mounting through Clinton Anderson. It flew in the face of all of my self-preservation instincts. BAREBACK on a horse that had not been mounted! Sounded really scary. But at the time I saw the method demonstrated, we had TWO horses that were ready for their first mounting… Read More Training Exercises: Jeffrey’s Method of First Mounting

Training Exercises: Vertical Flex

The Goal The goal of this exercise is to teach your horse to yield to pressure at his poll. This is first used to induce a horse to lower his head for easy haltering or bridling. It is further used to start your horse lowering his head and tucking his nose in preparation for Collection.… Read More Training Exercises: Vertical Flex

Training Exercises: A Good Start

Getting Ready to Train Your Horse Meet “Mojo.” He’s a good egg. Plan Ahead: If you pre-plan your exercises you can frame them to fit your time schedule. Review what you want to accomplish and how you will work before you enter the stall or the round pen. Your attitude will be relaxed but purpose-driven… Read More Training Exercises: A Good Start