Thoroughbred Logic

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…)

Thoroughbred Logic: The Warm Up Arena

“Everyone wants a good warmup. Everyone wants a cooperative horse. But sometimes you just have to accept what you have and ride the horse you have that day. Sometimes a 20-minute warmup gets you where you need to be, and sometimes it simply doesn’t. Pushing past their brain’s cut off and over-riding rarely helps.”

Thoroughbred Logic: To Capitulate… Or Not

“The process of not capitulating to equine-suggested up transitions is outstandingly awkward but it pays off in the long run.[…] When a rider negotiates (as opposed to accepts) the horse’s request (‘we canter now, right?) with their body, their hands can stay soft and the horse learns to listen to the seat and leg. They also begin to learn that gaits are dynamic…”