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The eyes have it

The eyes have it

A while back, I did a personal performance clinic in Florida at an English barn. They invited me to ride one of their jumpers over some low jumps at the end of the day. FUN! In the clinic, I discussed the importance of keeping our eyes up. I coached the riders to do...

Collection

Collection

When a horse is soft (resistance-free) in the face, you can communicate through his whole body right down to his feet through your reins and seat. I always strive to “connect their lips to their hindquarters” meaning that when I picked up a rein, I could feel them...

Getting a Cow to Turn Away for the Quit

Getting a Cow to Turn Away for the Quit

In this video, I discuss five essentials of good herd work and show examples of: Driving forward for the cut Pausing and then moving across the pen with the flow of cattle Using the cow-side leg during the cut Keeping your horse on his haunches as you make the cut...

Fencing

Fencing

We used to think “fencing” (using the fence as a barrier to help get a horse sliding in his stop) made a horse bracy in the front end. But I think we just weren’t doing it correctly. Done properly, fencing can help teach your horse to run straight and true. This is...

Sworls

Sworls

I thought it might be a fun change of pace to explore the myth vs fact of sworls in our horses. Sworls are pinwheeled patches of hair that grow in the opposite direction, on the face. On other parts of the body, they are called cowlicks. Interestingly, the brain and...

Podcast: Nerves in Horses and People

Podcast: Nerves in Horses and People

Hi, it’s Barb. I was thinking about this challenge of ‘nerves’ that’s a tough one. And if you think you’re the only one, believe me, you’re not. It’s a challenge most of us have. And I was thinking about it in the context of our horses. They get nervous, too. I...

How Horses See

How Horses See

I thought it would be an interesting detour to explore how horses see, and how that relates to our understanding them when it comes to training. Horses evolved in open grasslands. They’re designed to be awake and grazing day and night. They have excellent low light...

5 Tips for Making the Cut

5 Tips for Making the Cut

In this video, I discuss five essentials of good herd work and show examples of: Driving forward for the cut Pausing and then moving across the pen with the flow of cattle Using the cow-side leg during the cut Keeping your horse on his haunches as you make the cut...

Essential 7: Pivot Troubleshooting

Essential 7: Pivot Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting. Common problems in the pivot, and how to fix them:  • Too much bend. This is caused by trying to pull your horse around with the direct (inside) rein, so overbending his neck. We resort to this when we can’t make his shoulders move. This will actually...

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