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Some Information About Bits and our Upcoming Webinar

Some Information About Bits and our Upcoming Webinar

I want to talk a little about bits in this week’s article, because it’s a subject that is difficult to get good information about and because of this, Barb and I are doing a webinar next week combined with how to develop soft hands and feel (no, you don’t have to be...

Blanketing Considerations

Blanketing Considerations

It’s blanketing time of year and there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to blankets. Here are a few to ensure your horse stays warm and comfortable: 1- Is your horse turned out or kept in a barn? If he’s turned out, you’ll need a more durable canvas...

Judging Questions

Judging Questions

I was recently asked a couple of questions for an article on judging for the Reined Cow Horse Training Online that I thought it would be fun to share and get you all to weigh in on. What are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make in the show pen?  I said,...

Backing A Circle

Backing A Circle

I wanted to share one of my most favorite exercises for suppling a horse. I also use it to help them make the right choices by offering it as a more difficult alternative to their current “choice”, if that choice is not what I want them to be doing. Let’s say for...

Holding the 2 Rein

Holding the 2 Rein

I get a lot of questions about how to hold the 2-rein outfit. There are a few different ways, so I’m going to go over each. The great thing about the year spent in the 2 rein (during which you can also show your horse straight up in the bridle) is that’s it’s legal to...

One layer at a time

One layer at a time

Training a horse is like painting a car. You’ve probably seen one of those incredible “show car” paint jobs - where the smooth, rich color looks as if it’s 10 feet deep. Here’s how that’s done: After the foundation is perfect, with all the blemishes filled with lead...

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...

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...

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...

Leg Yield, Half Pass, and Side Pass

Leg Yield, Half Pass, and Side Pass

Do you know the difference? The term "leg yield", half pass", and "side pass" seem to be used interchangeably but are all very different and are indicative of your horse's level of training and responsiveness. Do you know the difference? Here you go: Leg yield – The...

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