Category Archives: Training

A Matter of Trust

We have all been in a trust exercise at some point in our lives. Your boss gathers your coworkers, or the RA your freshman year of college gathers your fellow undergrads,...

How to Bounce Back From Bad Habits

You may have heard the expression “practice makes perfect." You may have also heard this clarified to mean "perfect practice makes perfect." In other words, you have to watch carefully...

How to Ride Safely Over Spooky Ground

Sparkling white lines and broad swathes of color denoting bike lanes and crosswalks—to us, they are provided to ensure our safety, but so often our horses perceive them as terrifying...

Drugs In The Hunters: The Solution

There is a lot of recent discussion about the hunter divisions and the many problems surrounding the sport. This is a topic that has been debated since the 1970's when...

At the Trot: to Sit or Post?

As an equine fitness specialist my job is always to ask how we can improve the horse’s body. One of the simplest ways we can do this in daily riding...

Learning to Love the Plateau

In any discipline, reaching a plateau is an inevitable part of the training process. A horse and rider can’t grow in leaps and bounds with every single ride. The plateau...

The Art of Letting Go

Expectations matter. Amy Cuddy's viral Ted Talk on “power posing” left millions clamoring: simply raising our arms above our head can trick our brains into feeling more powerful. We can fake it until...

The Benefits of Lateral Movement

The image of dressage horses prancing sideways might just seem like fancy footwork, but in reality these lateral movements are akin to physical therapy for the horse. From a conditioning...

How to Turn on the Forehand

It’s the kind of exercise that we never leave behind, no matter how simple it seems until you break down its parts, or aim for total accuracy in execution. For...

Is Fear Talking to You?

Feelings of fear and apprehension can be thought of like an “alarm” going off. This alarm is the flight or fight response, a natural change in your body that happens...

Hack It Out

I was at a dressage show a few weeks ago, and after schooling in the ring on Friday night, I took Nixon for a hack around the Kentucky Horse Park....

5 Ways to Fix Your Insecure Horse

We’ve all known one—an insecure horse, that is. He’s the gelding that doesn’t like being by himself in the ring; she’s the mare with the serious FOMO, “screaming” and carrying...

How to Manage a Hot Horse

A hot horse is like an onion. There are so many layers that need to be uncovered before getting down to the heart of the problem, and if you’re not...

The Path to Perfect Posture

Postural alignment is essential to balanced, effective riding. The foundation of this alignment is making sure that our body is positioned evenly in relation to the horse's spine.   Seat...

Rethink This the Next Time You Ride

Something interesting happened recently that served to drive home a central aspect of riding repeated time and time again by the classical masters; something I myself trying to teach my...

Defending the Suck

I was emailed by the United States Equestrian Federation last week with an inquiry. Someone had filed a complaint into my amateur status and they were asking for a rebuttal....