Training Exercises: Changing Sides

Changing Sides The Goal: The horse moves his body so that you can reach one side of him and then adjusts so that you can reach the other side while you stand in one position. A great exercise to soften your horse to moving away from a muzzle pressure. It makes grooming a breeze. It… Read More Training Exercises: Changing Sides

Bitless Bridle

Bitless Bridle “Less pain means more brain” The bitless bridle is slowly becoming popular – particularly among natural horse trainers and western riders. However, it is not yet accepted by all disciplines (much like barefoot horses). The world of horse training is very slow to change, and many, many riders equate the bit with absolute… Read More Bitless Bridle

Bit Transition

Whether bitting your horse for the first time or transitioning to a new bit, put the headstall and bit onto your horse in a comfortable, confined space such as his stall, and let him wear it daily – slowly working the time up to several hours – before you add reins or pressure. You can… Read More Bit Transition

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: Teaching Rear Leg Yield from the Ground

A Push Button Horse: Beginning Leg Cues for Turning on the Fore The shortest distance between two points is through the ground. If you want a push-button horse, you must install the buttons. That is best done from the ground. Well-trained horses uses leg cues, face cues, and seat cues to anticipate what their rider… Read More Training Exercises: Teaching Rear Leg Yield from the Ground

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: The Verbal “Whoa!”

In my early days of horse training, I was less experienced and less sure of myself. My angst expressed itself with a great deal of work on safety exercises. Paramount among those were disengaging the horse’s rear early so that he never showed that part of his anatomy to me and teaching him to stop… Read More Training Exercises: The Verbal “Whoa!”

Training Exercises: Lateral Flex

Teaching Your Horse the Lateral 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 vise versa). Lateral flexion is a HUGE basic lesson that all horses must learn on the way to training. Without it there is no… Read More Training Exercises: Lateral Flex

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