Channel Archives: Learn

Cavesson, Surcingle and Friends

I have unearthed more strange words in the horse world. Though, to be fair, it’s easy to do. What can be difficult is getting to the root of these words...

Jump Names Demystified

This idea was given to me by one of my adoring fans. Can I say that? “I have adoring fans.” It’s a stretch really, it was a Facebook friend and...

The History of Horse Trailers

When I was sixteen and first learning how to drive a truck and trailer my mom was my educator, for better or worse. Driving straight ahead, as you know, is...

Strong Core, Still Leg, Soft Hands, But How? 

#MasterclassMonday is a collaboration between Horse Network and NOELLEFLOYD.com to empower equestrians to help troubleshoot your training, master your mindset and up your game. This month’s instructor: show jumping trainer Simone Starnes. In...

Lady Godiva

For as long as I can remember I have known the line, “Lady Godiva is a freedom rider.” I say it from time to time, but for the life of...

No Stirrup November? Try This Instead

#MasterclassMonday is a collaboration between Horse Network and NOELLEFLOYD.com to empower equestrians to help troubleshoot your training, master your mindset and up your game. This month’s instructor: show jumping trainer Simone Starnes. No...

Our Spirit Animal

To me, horses have always symbolized life, love and friendship, because that is what they’ve brought me. However, they’ve also brought me vet bills, bruises and heartache, but that’s horses...

What Is Body Control and Why Does it Matter?

#MasterclassMonday is a collaboration between Horse Network and NOELLEFLOYD.com to empower equestrians to help troubleshoot your training, master your mindset and up your game. This month’s instructor: show jumping trainer Simone Starnes. Our...

From the Neck Up

Three terms plucked from my dwindling list of topics. I’m running with the theme of, well, from the neck up. The Old Four-in-hand Necktie Knot When we hear the term...

Default to Truth

Human beings are hardwired to be bad lie detectors when it comes to strangers. You may think, Pfft, not me. I’m excellent at spotting a liar. And you’d be wrong....

Hippomaniac Hippophiles

I’m a hippomaniac and a hippophile. You are as well, and I know this because I’m writing about it, and you are reading about it. It means we are excessively...

Flexor Muscles vs. Extensor Muscles

Carolyn Cohen is an equine bodyworker, biomechanics expert, and independent tack fitter who founded her company, CC fits, in 2018. Her Equestrian Masterclass, Equine Biomechanics and Bodywork 101, teaches you...

Six Things Horses Value in a Rider

We riders often have laundry lists of the qualities we value in horses. These can be general, like most competitors wanting athletes in their barns, and they can be specific,...

Ratcatcher of Yore

Ratcatcher. What a great word. As always, this word said in the general public would conjure up a very different image than if the word was spoken at a horse...

Recognizing the Limit

You’re in the saddle for your daily hack, when you start to hear the grating noise of your horse grinding its teeth against the bit. You try several times to...

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