No matter what future plans you have for your Thoroughbred, you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time on rudimentary flat work before you start whatever specialized training he needs for his future career. In the long run, you will be rewarded by a horse who is physically and mentally fit to try a new sport, rather than one who is body sore, nervous or frightened, and rank due to being rushed through the early stages of their training.
by Sheri Forrest The hackamore. It's no gimmick or shortcut, and it certainly isn't for the hasty or impatient horseman. For some who have taken the time to master its language, this fabled piece of tack has helped produce many extraordinary equine athletes and legendary training programs.
Many riders chose not to wear a helmet for their own reasons: too hot, too cumbersome, flattens the hair, etc. But like anything else, you should get all the information before you make you decision. Here's what a helmet does: The helmet's job is to provide a stopping distance between your head and the ground.
There is no shortage of topics to discuss in the horse world. Yet few engender such forceful opinions as a debate over the use of draw reins and whether they help or hinder the schooling of a horse. Like many debates, there may be no absolute right or wrong. Each individual has to weigh the impassioned anecdotes before choosing sides.
Anna Twinney spends a lot of time on airplanes. Internationally known as a horse whisperer, animal communicator and energy healer, she’s booked solid up to 18 months in advance. Earlier in 2016 an invitation came from the Chinese branch of the American Quarter Horse Association for Anna to please come to Beijing and Mongolia. They […]
by Wendy Murdoch Do you have trouble steering your horse or he throws up his head when you use the reins? Do your shoulders feel stuck or jammed or your upper body tips forward or your back arches even when you
by Faith Meredith Weight aids are the rider's first and most important influence on the horse. Riders often grasp the theory of weight aids long before they develop the physical ability to apply them properly.
Training your horses around other trained horses is much more effective than training them alone. By creating a positive learning environment that is harmonious, your horse will begin his first lessons in a way that will support his state of mind. This will put him at ease, and he will not feel the need to be defensive.
The nonprofit Parelli Foundation has announced what could well be the biggest, most magnificent natural horsemanship festival ever held in the U.S. It will take place May 5-7, 2017 at the Circle T Resort in Hamilton, Texas.
by Bob Jeffreys & Suzanne Sheppard Defined by Webster as “the act of gathering together”, this is a term often misunderstood in the horse world. Some refer to it as a “frame”, others see it as a head set, and some believe it is the act of compressing the horse into a shorter length.