Category Archives: training

Lesson 5: Never Allow Your Horse To Pull

This is almost a one-liner- a really simple rule, but if you maintain it you will find that your horse works really well. It seems totally obvious that you don’t want your horse to pull on you, but I very … Continue reading

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Lesson 2: Be Effective

I was working with my horse on a Steve Halfpenny clinic and he was starting to respond nicely to what I was asking, but it was a little slow. In fact, it was very slow. If I had written my … Continue reading

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Ten essential lessons in horsemanship

The clinics I have taken part in this summer have really given me an appreciation for how far I have come on this path and also for how far I still have to go before I get anywhere close to … Continue reading

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Three ways to ask a horse to back up

I use back-up a lot in my training. It makes life convenient both on the ground and in the saddle and it provides a useful starting point for correct carriage and for releasing the poll when a horse is carrying … Continue reading

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The Use Of Tools

This article by Mark Rashid is a typically insightful look at the use of tools in training. There are tools I always use – rope halters with a spliced 12′ line – and tools I sometimes use such as flags, … Continue reading

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How to find the best horse in the world

Every horse wants to be the best horse in the world. I have argued this case in the past with my people who believe that some horses are just mean and lots of horses just want to survive, but I … Continue reading

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What are you practicing?

“What you practice,” I remember Tom Widdicombe telling me, “is what you get good at.” This is undeniable, in fact it is fundamentally obvious. What else would one get good at? After all, practice is how we get better at things. If … Continue reading

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Gaps in the foundation

Almost every time I have seen problems – of whatever magnitude – arising with a horse it has been traceable back to something very basic indeed. A the foundation of everything is the question of physical wellbeing – if a … Continue reading

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Understanding life and energy in horsemanship

Like any activity in which one can gain expertise, horse training has its own terminology and among the people I’ve learned with a critically important concept is “life” or “energy. A lot of people hear these words and think that they … Continue reading

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Turns out you were doing Natural Horsemanship already

No matter what you do with your horses, what tradition you belong to and what techniques you use, there is a factor in your riding, training and handling that you share with all the rest of us, something more consistent … Continue reading

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