Category: Tips and Ideas

  • The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Look Down While Riding

    The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Look Down While Riding

    We’ve all heard it over the years: “Don’t look down!” And maybe, “You look at the ground and that’s where you’ll end up!” The real reason we shouldn’t look down while we’re riding doesn’t have as much to do with running into things or falling off as it does with the horse’s ability to perform. […]

  • Give the Horse You Love a DIY Spa Day

    Give the Horse You Love a DIY Spa Day

    Ah, Valentine’s Day! That Hallmark Holiday we all love to hate and hate to love. But we don’t have to sit around longing for some demonstration of adoration to appear in our mailbox or on our doorstep. Instead, why not treat that best of all faithful and true companions, your horse, to a DIY Spa […]

  • 3 Tips for Cold Weather Feeding for Your Horse

    3 Tips for Cold Weather Feeding for Your Horse

    It’s cold outside (don’t try to deny it!)…even Florida is in a deep freeze, relatively speaking. This means that not only do we need to bundle up, but our horses—especially those who live outside or with free-choice shelter—need added warmth, as well. According to veterinarian Dr. Nancy Loving in her book ALL HORSE SYSTEMS GO […]

  • The Truth About Transitions

    The Truth About Transitions

    In Jessica Black’s book COWBOY DRESSAGE, she explains Eitan Beth-Halachmy’s riding and training philosophy. One point they do an excellent job clarifying involves transitions: what they are, how to prepare for them, and how to make them good. Anytime the horse changes his gait or frame, he performs a transition. Going from the walk to […]

  • Is Your Horse a Bean-Bag or a Tennis Ball?

    Is Your Horse a Bean-Bag or a Tennis Ball?

    To the uneducated eye, posting the trot is just a series of silly looking, seemingly purposeless, up-down movements. But riders understand what it takes to make rising and sitting to the two-beat rhythm of the horse’s diagonal gait complement rather than hinder his movement. “The skilled rider uses rising trot to get the tension in […]

  • 3 Ways to Develop a Strong Showing Mindset

    3 Ways to Develop a Strong Showing Mindset

    Ah, show day! The delightful mix of butterflies and caffeine churning within as you rise with the sun. The bustling activity on the grounds as horses are fed, walked, and bathed. The knowledge that at some point in the very near future, you will stand before the masses and be judged… Sure, there are any […]

  • The Runaround: An Exercise for Achieving Collection (Really!)

    The Runaround: An Exercise for Achieving Collection (Really!)

    Sandy Collier has enjoyed great success in her career as an NRCHA, NRHA, and AQHA champion horse trainer. Named one of the “Top 50 Riders of All Time in All Disciplines” by Horse & Rider Magazine, she was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2011, and the NRCHA’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Collier […]

  • 4 Steps to the Emergency Dismount

    4 Steps to the Emergency Dismount

    It was over 25 years ago, but I can still close my eyes and immediately feel the pounding of hooves on the hard dirt road in my head, and the rawness of my skinned and abraded hands as they desperately pulled to one side, then the other, on what were, at the time, fairly useless […]

  • Mounting Anxiety?

    Mounting Anxiety?

    How do you think your horse feels about being mounted? Does he fidget? Throw his head up? Drop his back? Root at the bit? It is easy to unbalance your horse when you mount him, and you can also unbalance him when you dismount. Learning to take your time in the process of mounting and dismounting […]

  • Trot-Canter Cavalletti Challenge

    Trot-Canter Cavalletti Challenge

    Olympian Ingrid Klimke is known for her positive horse training techniques, as well as her remarkable success in international competition. In this exercise from her forthcoming book TRAINING HORSES THE INGRID KLIMKE WAY, she provides a terrific challenge for the horse and rider who have mastered regular cavalletti work. See if you are up to […]