Channel Archives: Learn

How do you dishorse?

If you turn to page 1 of the 1976 Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship you will find instructions on how to dismount. Page one. That’s how important this is. I’m...

The Perfect Flying Change

Flying lead changes are on my short list for True at this point in his training. We’ve been doing a lot of simple changes, shortening the number of trot steps...

Love Nips between Horses

Aww, sometimes horses are so darn cute. I know that sounds anthropomorphic, but hear me out and judge for yourself: True’s been separated from his injured pasture mate for a...

These Boots Were Made for Riding

A friend of mine texted me the other day, “Why are they called field boots, dress boots and paddock boots?” Fair question. Why are they called field boots? And so,...

Sharing the Arena

True loves to share the arena with other horses: “Woo-hoo! Play time!” Mares are especially exciting because they’re rare where he lives… and, well, because they’re mares: “Hey, baby! Wanna...

No Bones About It

Today I thought I’d venture down the horse’s leg as there are a lot of curious names down there. We will start at the bottom and work our way up...

What in the Wallop?

I don’t know how I got here, but here I am.  Every now and then a word springs to mind that’s just odd enough that I’m compelled to look into...

Winter Hiatus

True and I don’t take much time off during the winter because doing so requires so much re-conditioning in spring. Time spent re-conditioning during the riding season is time stolen...

Ground Manners

Ground manners in any horse are very important and often overlooked. Why? First, they transfer to mounted work. A horse who’s been taught to pay attention to you, follow your...

Vacuums

My green Warmblood True and I have been experiencing a lot of snow lately and don’t have an indoor. We manage to walk on long hilly driveways, practice lateral maneuvers...

The Bareback Years

It was snowing and blowing yesterday, so my young Warmblood True got the day off and I worked on a photo gift for my father. This required sorting through 170...

Training the Human

Sometimes the hardest part of horse training is training the human. This problem shows up in many ways—we humans often reward at the wrong moment, apply different cues at once,...

The Cavvy Code

It astounds me how little I know about the horse world. I have been involved with horses my whole life, though almost entirely on the English side of things and...

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