Many horse owners try to calm their horses’ nerves to make them more manageable through supplements and sedatives. However, for trainer Aubrey Graham, addressing a horse’s nerves is more about rider relaxation and equitation than chemicals. (more…)
Channeling the energy of a sensitive horse can be incredibly rewarding — if you can channel it in the correct direction. Today, Chelsea Canedy offers some tips on riding the sensitive horse. Learn more: (more…)
Chelsea Canedy offers tips on horsemanship, training, mental training for riders, jumping, flatwork and beyond. Today, she discusses two behavior issues she addresses with positive reinforcement training.
Aubrey Graham loves the first post-track rides. They often are simple versions of “let’s see how you move and what you know,” but they also can be exciting tests of rider skill and tact. First rides are a simple way to gather information on the horse’s history and gauge their potential. (more…)
“And while I go trotting or cantering along, I might be hoping for a walk, but I’m not pulling for it. Instead, I work to get their brains engaged, craft a steady rhythm and semblance of straightness, and then aim towards a functional bend and good hind end engagement.” (more…)
“I have rarely seen a micro-managed horse get quieter when when a hand holds with down pressure near the lead rope snap.” Some people try to micromanage their horses, but in this week’s edition of Thoroughbred Logic, Aubrey Graham discusses giving a horse “enough rope to hang itself.” (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
“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.”
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.