Channel Archives: Learn

A Better Way to Warm Up

When I warm up before schooling a horse on the flat, I tend to do it in stages. First, if I have the opportunity (say it isn’t freezing out, or...

How to Hang Up Bridles

You would think before ever jumping into to horseback riding, one would learn the basics of horsemanship. You would think. However, we know this is not the case. We’ve all met...

Unusual Horses: Icelandic

We're taking you around the world for a glimpse at some of the planet's rarest breeds of horse in our new video series, Unusual Horses. Watch and learn! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y3vAJErEVo This...

How To Cope With Show Nerves

Dealing with anxiety at a show, or in any context for that matter, requires the effective application of certain skills. As much as many of us would love a quick...

Unusual Horses: Black Forest Draft

Unless you hail from Southwest Germany, chances are high you have never seen a Black Forest Horse in the flesh. And that's a shame because they are flat out GORGEOUS....

The Rider, the Tack and the Horse

[caption id="attachment_1733" align="alignleft" width="229"] Dr. Hilary Clayton[/caption] The following is a summary of Dr. Hilary Clayton’s clinic on equine biomechanics at the University of New Hampshire Equine Program on October...

Horse Sense: Conditioned Learning

In Part 1 I spoke of Operant conditioning training as one of the different forms of teaching we can employ. During these discussions I have sometimes struggled with making clear...

Horsin’ Around Turkmenistan

While perusing the internet in search of a delicious slice of horse news to feed you fine people, I came across a tantalizing headline: "Horse Breeding and Human Rights in Turkmenistan". Click. If...

Just Another Deluded Cowboy

The kind and natural approach Several years ago, in search of an ethical alternative to the harsh and seemingly senseless mainstream training techniques, I began following a system of natural...