#HORSE TRAINING

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…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Develop by Allowing

“Allowing them to sort it out and to have that support … creates a space for trust to start to knit itself together. They already know they can rely on themselves, but with regular rides of soft, confident ‘ask and allow,’ that genetic courage can bind into trust.” (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic: Why the Canter-to-Trot Transition is Awesome

“That trot — the overly big one, where power isn’t quite perfectly controlled yet — that is where you can really see potential AND build good strength and muscle. So with a soft hand and slightly more upright back, I ask them to hold that big trot as long as they can.” (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic: Why “Tiring Them Out” Doesn’t Work

“These horses are bred to have ‘go’ and to have the heart to be able to reach into the deepest depths of their beings and pull out even more ‘go’ when the rest has been exhausted. And even then they are able to dig deeper and pull out even more than that.” (more…)