Training Exercises: The Squeeze

Years ago my dog mysteriously got out of my backyard and into the neighbor’s back yard. I asked the neighbor’s 4-year-old boy, my dog’s best friend, if he had any ideas how it happened. He ran on his stubby little legs to the back corner of the yard where the back fence met the side… Read More Training Exercises: The Squeeze

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

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

Side Pull Bridle

The side-pull or “breaking hackamore” is used completely without a bit. Generally, it is used when a colt is first broke to take a rider. It offers good lateral control without confusing him with a bit or damaging his mouth if hard pulls are necessary. The pressure is on the rope nose piece that can… Read More Side Pull Bridle

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: 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: Neck Reining

Neck Reining is the use of Indirect rein pressure. Both reins are held in one hand (usually your left hand). When the reins are laid across the horse’s neck on the left side, he is supposed to turn to the right (as if the rein is pushing his head right). When laid across the neck… Read More Training Exercises: Neck Reining

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

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