7 Quick Training Tips for Young Horses

Today I’m welcoming a guest post from Emily Davis from Cheval Liberté on training tips for young horses. I’ve never started a horse from scratch, but I have had the fun of restarting several OTTBs. Two things I might add to her list, based on my experience are : Work with a trainer. After I […]

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Horse Trainer

Horse Trainer

If you’ve never watched this, you are in for a treat. It makes me laugh out loud every time. Sadly, we’ve probably all run into a few “trainers” who fit the bill.  

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Are Draw Reins making a come back?

When I was learning to ride, draw reins were not part of the lesson. We had the odd standing martingale on horses that threw their heads, but for the most part, there wasn’t a lot of special equipment, just a lot of wet saddle pads. I didn’t really encounter draw reins — or, should I […]

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Choosing your battles

Tonight Freedom refused to go into the barn to get tacked up. His eyes got very large and his nostrils flared. Obviously, there was something very scary inside that barn. Most of the time, I don’t let Freedom choose where to be tacked up. However, I was losing the light rapidly and determined that I […]

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The Ultimate Sales Video

Man, this is one of the most amazing and thorough sales videos I’ve ever seen. I actually watched the entire 20 minutes. This is one trail broke horse, but also a horse that looks like a lot of fun to ride. Neither of my two, despite years in the hunt field, could perform up to […]

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Quiet Hands

Last week I had a lesson. I really should take more of those because those bad habits creep in and before you know it, you’re creating more problems than you’re solving. You’d think after the hundreds — no, probably thousands — of lessons I’ve had in my life that more of it would stick. The […]

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The Equine Bodywrap

Here’s an intriguing tool that can be used to encourage your horse to step under himself and engage his hind end. The “bodywrap” can be made out of two polo wraps tied together. It focuses the horse’s attention at the base of his neck and his hindquarters and suggests to the horse to engage his […]

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