#HORSE TRAINING

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Let It Go (The Inside Rein)

“A primary consequence of the inside rein is that it tips a horse onto their forelimbs and off of the hind. A knock-on set of results are that it speeds a horse up and becomes harder for the horse to come over their back, create a powerful push from behind and correct… frame.” (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Why Change & Chaos Are ‘Easy’

“I am proud of them for their quiet strolls around the facility, their eager walk (but willingness to stay at a walk) as we carouse through the woods. But I’m not surprised. They are Thoroughbreds, after all.” (more…)

Training in the Right Way: Using the Dressage Arena To Maximize Your Training

Have you ever considered why the standard dressage arena is the very specific size and shape that it is? Spoiler alert: It does serve a purpose.
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Training in the Right Way: Knowing When It’s Time To Stop

When training, how do you know when it’s too little, or too much, or enough? It’s important to differentiate between doing too much and doing too little, as well as considering how each end of the spectrum can appear in — and affect the — training.
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Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: How To Stop Gripping the Go Button

“Balance means the ability to flow with what the horse tosses at you and the capacity to retain that quiet control through transitions or comical behavior. Ultimately, a balanced rider can be a soft rider.”

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Training in the Right Way: The Process vs The End Goal

This week’s article discusses the significant difference between the end goal and the process of getting there. Although they obviously are inextricably linked, it’s important to understand that they often look very different.
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Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: The Shopping Cart Feel

“The cart idea not only keeps people from pulling, riding backwards or balancing off the bit, but also it actually helps improve equitation and sets up riders to be subtle.”

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Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Crafting a “Thoroughbred-Forward” Team

“[W]hen the owner, trainer, and barn staff are Thoroughbred-forward, that’s fantastic. But it is even better if the team that surrounds the horse … [is] willing to pitch in to the process.” (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Weighted, Waiting Aids

“So go ride, folks. And if your horse scoots out from under your aids, relax, weight your aids, take a deep breath and wait. Count backwards slowly from 100 and see how your horse softens into the soft pressure. Reward, rest, and try again.” (more…)

Training in the Right Way: What to Look for in a Dressage Horse, Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series that explores what to look for when selecting a dressage horse. Today’s article focuses on the conformation that lends itself to a successful dressage horse.
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Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Make It Predictable

“Each day, we change it up a bit … While I fully believe that keeping it interesting and challenging their brain is a huge plus, these smart but sometimes-anxious horses also need to know how to get the answer right.” (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Pain or Behavior?

“I imagine that, like people, there are no horses who feel no discomfort when asked to work. They will have sore joints, eventually tired muscles, sometimes a tweak of pain here or there. Sure. And for some, there will be acute pain.” (more…)