Training Exercises: More Desensitizing

How are you going to rob a bank? Now that you are spending more time with your horse up close and personal, it is time for more de-sensitizing. He’s met your training tools. He’s learned to wear a halter, move away from you, move around you, and move his head up, down, and sideways at… Read More Training Exercises: More Desensitizing

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

Horse Problems: The Charging Horse – A Kristull Chronicle

The Chronicle of Lucky Star’s Rehabilitation Session 1 I never assume that a horse I will be working with has any idea of anything at all. We go directly to the round pen on the very first day and try a few tests of his skills and personality by asking him to move around the… Read More Horse Problems: The Charging Horse – A Kristull Chronicle

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: 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 Gait

Teaching Gaits & Maintaining Gait Let’s preface this lesson by clarifying it is for Western Riding. Some English riding techniques use different click and kiss sounds for different gaits. That is not the way I use or teach the gaits, but equally effective if you choose to use them. “There is more than one way… Read More Training Exercises: Maintain Gait

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

Reign’s 30 days of Immersion Riding: A Kristull Chronicle

30 Days of Riding Immersion Intro by Jackie Nelson Reign (3/4 Friesian gelding) is now in serious training to become a stellar trail riding horse. It has been nearly a year since he had his very first experience with having a rider on his back. Life got in the way. Days flew by, then weeks,… Read More Reign’s 30 days of Immersion Riding: A Kristull Chronicle

Training Exercises: First Ride

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

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!”