Category Archives: Training

The Vicious Cycle

One of my students came up to me a few weeks ago and started listing her goals for the season. Being a goal oriented person myself, I was intrigued. Claire...

Your Horse Is Never Wrong

Have you ever watched or ridden your friend’s horse and thought: “I wish my horse was like that?” Have you ever known the husband or wife of one of your...

Elisa Wallace Has a Ph.D. in OTTB

Elisa Wallace knows a good horse when she sees one. Problem is, she's capable of bringing out the good in every horse she encounters. So it was no surprise to find Wallace...

Practicing Perfection

How often have you gone through the motions of your ride, kind of touching on things you really need to work on, but only settling for a '7 out of...

Ground Manners for the Horse’s Ass

The advantage of a horse’s powerful hindquarters is that one lightning-fast hoof strike can end an argument with a mountain lion. Instantly. The drawback of that fact is that when...

A Hard Lesson For Horsemen

We all know how many things there are about which we can say, "I wish I'd known then what I know now." For me, one of the most profound, as...

How to Fix a Horse That Kicks

Have you ever dealt with a horse with an unsafe hind end? You know, the type that could wheel around, kick you in the forehead and land you in the...

Warm Me Up Before You Go-Go

When we work horses, especially young ones, we ask them to give us not only their total focus but also a very high degree of physical exertion. As with human...