Sometimes your horse seems ready and eager to learn. Sometimes it is… less so. So how can you tell if your horse is ready to learn and help it get to a place where it is? Lindsey Partridge of Harmony Horsemanship is here to offer this advice. (more…)
In this excerpt from her book Beyond the Track, Thoroughbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program Anna Ford explains the four things you need to consider before beginning a retraining program for your off-track Thoroughbred. (more…)
There are a number of factors the separate the good trainers from the rest. According to trainer Jonathan Gauthier, these 10 things are the critical elements that make a good trainer. (more…)
Untraining fear is one of the hardest things to do, which is why building a horse’s confidence slowly and correctly is imperative. Editor Ema Klugman discusses just that in this week’s Best of Jumper Nation.
“If I was spending half of that ride hand-walking around particularly questionable areas already… what if I just stopped bothering to actually ride, and spent that time working on the ground instead?” (more…)
“I want my horses to want to work with me happily.”
So many of the films presented at the EQUUS Film and Arts Festival 2020 grabbed me. I was steeped in wonder, thrill and amusement. I need a bit of amusement right now. Enjoy horse trainer, Paul Randall’s, short Catching Mito. (more…)
If you’ve ever had a horse that you don’t quite click with, you know how frustrating it can be. Here are eight things you can do to address the situation. (more…)
SmartPaker Jamie Maguire shares the start of her journey with her horse Isadore, the horse she was told was untrainable. (more…)
At this point, most of us are missing our usual routines with our horses. Fortunately, there are numerous resources equestrians can access from home to continue to work on our riding. (more…)
As the next step in her liberty training, Nicole introduces the idea that the mounting block is the best place in the barn. For her two-year-old filly, this concept is pivotal as they move toward a liberty start. (more…)
Here are some horse training tips from June Burgess in Northern Ireland. So, grab a cuppa, sit back and get ready to learn!
“I am going to be doing a liberty start with her… It’s exciting and scary. But it is also elevating me as a trainer to form a better connection with the horse. It is the true test to how good of a connection I have.” (more…)
Not all training and riding days are going to go how we plan — welcome to life with horses. However, we can use those not-so-great days to end on a positive note and still build on what we are working on with our horses.
There is much that can be done with weanlings and yearlings to prepare them for their jobs once they reach physical and mental maturity. Here are 14 things you can do with your young horse to get it ready for life in the “real world.”
Working with off-track horses is both challenging and rewarding. Although each horse is unique, here are six commonalities that can be found in off-track Thoroughbreds and off-track Standardbreds.
As Nicole works on rebuilding her training program, one of her main goals is to get her horses to respond to her intent — getting them to read her body language and respond accordingly. Follow along for the early steps of this journey. (more…)
Starting a new training program can be daunting, but the rewards can be satisfying and immense — even in the beginning. Nicole shows the progress she and Bugatti have made in the early stages of the new training program. (more…)
Horse professionals aren’t in it for the money, which is probably a good thing. Long hours, demanding clients, testy horses and little pay — it’s all part of the job. Here is a tongue-in-cheek look at some folks who likely make more than horse professionals.
Rebuilding a training program requires a lot of self-reflection and examination of what works and what doesn’t. That’s exactly what Nicole does in her latest article on the rebirth of her training program.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” (Lao Tzu). In this case, a journey to change begins with five steps.
If your horses always seem to demonstrate the same behavioral issues, maybe it’s not the horse… maybe it’s you.
Nicole Cammuso has examined her training program and decided to rebuild it from the ground up — and she’ll be sharing the journey with our readers!
Working with horses requires assessing each horse and seeing what it needs. After an experience with a timid mare, Veronica Green-Gott has changed her approach, focusing on having fun.
Having a well-rounded, mannerly, educated horse doesn’t happen over night; it has to start somewhere. Trainer Nicole Cammuso discusses the seven essential skills that are necessary to put your horse on the right track. (more…)