Why Groundwork Is So Important

By Tim Hayes Courtesy of Equine Journal    The Spanish Riding School in Vienna Austria is considered by most to be the finest school of riding and horsemanship in the world. To become a member, learn classical dressage and master the art of training the great white Lipizzaners is for many the highest honor a human can achieve in the world of the horse.  Whether or not one agrees with this statement is not...

A trip to Southern Pines; Part Two

After taking another day off for hacking, we had the first of two jumping lessons with Denny Emerson, international event rider and trainer. For the jumping lessons, I decided to ride the new pony Willie, as I hadn't jumped him much, and felt like we could benefit from "getting together" under Denny's watchful eye. My husband was mounted on Lion. We started the jumping lesson in the indoor ring, because a camp for ...After taking another day off for hacking, we had the first of two...

Green Horse Meets First Horse Show

Every child gets a little nervous their first day of school: there are new kids to meet, strange surroundings and unknown expectations. Plus, the food isn't all that great. Horse shows aren't much different to the green ...Every child gets a little nervous their first day of school: there are new kids to meet, strange surroundings and unknown expectations. Plus, the food isn't all that great. Horse shows aren't much different to the green ...

Conformation for Western Pleasure

I have a question about the proper conformation for a candidate for a Western Pleasure horse,ie, mainly the neck. I have been told by some that the neck needs to come out of the shoulders fairly high so ...I have a question about the proper conformation for a candidate for a Western Pleasure horse,ie, mainly the neck. I have been told by some that the neck needs to come out of the shoulders fairly high so ...

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Training: Evaluating Your Horse’s Vocabulary

by Faith Meredith When we communicate with very young children, we keep our vocabulary simple because their understanding of spoken language is limited. A two-year-old child's vocabulary is much smaller than that of a four-year-old or a seven-year old, but by the time that child becomes a teenager it will be in the thousands.

Head tossing explained

My horse is all-in-all very well behaved on the ground. He has a lot of personality though and likes to express this through tossing his head--up, down, sideways. It is like he doesn't think and forgets I am there and swings his head around to look ...My horse is all-in-all very well behaved on the ground. He has a lot of personality though and likes to express this through tossing his head--up, down, sideways. It is like he doesn't think and forgets I am there and swings his head around to...