In this excerpt from his book Two Brains, One Aim, former international eventer and popular clinician Eric Smiley explains how horses learn and asks whether how we warm up supports or thwarts what we’re trying to teach them.
In this excerpt from Many Brave Fools, the new memoir about addiction, codependency, and horses by Susan Conley, we are reminded how hard it can be to find and understand feel and contact, especially when your first riding lesson happens at the age of forty-two.
In this excerpt from The Dressage Horse Manifesto, dressage trainer and founder of Horses Without Humans Rescue Yvonne Barteau gives us definitions for what are often confusing dressage terms—straight from the horse’s mouth.
“Oliveira’s teaching was minimal and personally given. Watching was the only way for me to absorb all I craved to know… watching him over and over again.” Dominique Barbier shares a scene from an early morning watching the master in this excerpt from Riding With Oliveira.
“I’ve got time! I’d like to shout this out to every rider who suddenly runs into problems and can’t come to an agreement with his or her horse.” This excerpt from Dr. Gerd Heuschmann’s Tug of War explores the concept.
“To most of us, a lame horse is a horse in pain. While this is true in the majority of cases, gait abnormalities can also be generated by issues that don’t hurt.” Dr. Bob Grisel explains in this excerpt from Equine Lameness For the Layman.
In this excerpt from the book Long-Reining with Double Dan Horsemanship, renowned entertainers and clinicians Dan James and Dan Steers explain one of the first steps in making long-reining a fundamental part of your training program.
In this excerpt from ‘The Riding Doctor,’ Dr. Beth Glosten talks frankly about how, in order to avoid pain, injury, and lack of riding progress, the shape of the horse needs to suit the rider’s own body.
In this excerpt from her new book Horses in Translation, equine behavior specialist Sharon Wilsie follows up the techniques she taught in her international bestseller Horse Speak, explaining how we can learn what our horses are saying to us, as well as how to “talk back” in their language.
“If you interact with a horse, you have a responsibility toward him.” Christoph Hess, FEI “I” Judge in both dressage and eventing, explains this statement in an excerpt from his book Ride Better With Christoph Hess, reprinted here.
There are a ton of factors that can influence the appearance of a horse’s coat color in his lifetime — even though his genes never change. This excerpt from Vera Kurskaya’s ‘Horse Color Explored’ explains.
To the horse, his actions are neither good nor bad — just a response to circumstances. How does that change the conversation about respect? Mark Rashid discusses in this excerpt from his book Find the Missed Path: The Art of Restarting Horses.