Tag: training

  • If Santa Drove a Team of Horses…

      If Santa drove a team of horses, he’d need them completely spook-free. He’d give them a course called Bombproof Your Horse to make them as brave as can be.   If Santa drove a team of horses, they’d have to be ready and willing. Over, Under, and Through with the moon full or new (and […]

  • This Is What Top Equestrians Are Thankful For

    In almost every book we publish, we invite our authors to include a page of acknowledgments; this is their chance to thank those who may have had a hand in their careers or the making of their books. While it isn’t every day that we look back through to see who they’ve thanked over the […]

  • Every Thoroughbred Deserves a Chance to Win at Life

    We’re counting down the days to the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, organized by the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), a nonprofit dedicated to the placement of ex-racehorses in second careers, and sponsored by Thoroughbred Charities of America. You can join thousands of others who believe that every Thoroughbred deserves a chance to win at […]

  • If You Aren’t Using This Amazing Groundwork Technique, You and Your Horse Are Missing Out!

    When Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship was growing up in his native Australia, his father stressed the importance of using long-reining as part of early groundwork when starting colts, as well as using the technique as a safe way to troubleshoot issues when restarting older horses with training or behavior problems. But the influx […]

  • Give Your Horse a Chance to Get It Right: How to NOT Scare Him Away from Finding the Correct Response

    Guess what? There have been thousands of times our horses have tried to answer our requests, maybe in several “not-quite-right” ways, but then because of the way we reacted to those small mistakes, they “got spooked”…and then suddenly “not-quite-right” became “oh-so-wrong.” In his bestselling book THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE, Florida-based trainer Sean Patrick explains that Avoidance […]

  • What Dressage Horses Would Tell Us If They Could Talk

    Grand Prix dressage rider and famed performer Yvonne Barteau has dedicated her life to discovering how to best communicate with horses. “I have made understanding horses my life’s goal,” she says. “Growing up, I read every book about horses, training, and riding I could get my hands on, and during my teens I was willing […]

  • Give Your Horse the Gift of “Thinking Space”

    I have a six-year-old son, and it is not unusual to be deep in bill-paying mode (not the happiest of places, anyway) when a Lego structure in some disrepair arrives, along with a request to help fix it. Now, I was not born with the Lego gene—it takes me bright light, a pair of glasses, […]

  • “How fortunate we all are to have Sally Swift’s vision of partnership with our horses.”

    In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of CENTERED RIDING’s publication, dressage trainer and judge Kathy Connelly shared these thoughts about author Sally Swift and what she contributed to the horse world: “Sally Swift was an icon in every way. As a person, she was very kind, joyful, and encouraging to all. It never mattered to Sally […]

  • “I was just about ready to quit when somebody handed me CENTERED RIDING.”

    Cat Hill grew up in upstate New York on a working farm. Her earliest memory is of the day her parents got her a pony for her birthday. She grew up on that pony, which was followed by a series of Arabian show horses. In college, she started riding show hunters through the Intercollegiate Horse […]

  • A Book for You and Your “Dressage Friends” from Janet Foy

    When it came time to write a follow-up to her bestselling DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE, FEI/USEF dressage judge Janet Foy knew what she wanted to do. “I thought it would be a great way to answer all the questions I have from my dressage friends,” she says. “It is my hope it will help […]