The ability to lunging a horse has many uses. In this article, I’m going to focus on one area: prevention. One role that lunging, or groundwork, fills for me is prevention. Preventing the horse from getting into a habit that I might not enjoy now…or in the future.  Have you ever seen someone mount up…

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Question: You referenced lunging in your podcast and videos. I was hoping you could talk more about it. Perhaps elaborate on how you go about it and what you’re looking for and feeling for from the horse? Answer includes: Why lunge at all? Where it comes in useful. How to use it to teach rhythm.…

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Update: I recently met Endo the Blind and received an email from someone seeking more information on this subject. Please click on Endo’s photo to learn more about his amazing story and inspirational owner, Morgan. I’m also adding a question and my response below this original text. ———————————– Last summer while at a horse show…

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How are you doing? Before you answer that question, I’d like you to pretend that you are a horse. What’s the first image that comes to mind? An Arabian? A racehorse? An overworked driving horse? During this podcast, I share with you my idea that maybe it is helpful if we view our situations from…

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Q: After warming up and we’re beginning to work, I have a really hard time keeping his gait consistent, usually start out slow and easy. But as we continue on, he has a tendency to increase his speed and will tense up and occasionally throw his head. Whenever I ask for a change of gait,…

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Question: “I was wondering how you keep your motivation for riding your own horses when you are training other people’s horses. I feel like I have to have a lot of motivation for everyone else’s horses to keep them going and keep them working towards their goals. But I have a lot of trouble working…

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How to teach your horse to spook, in three easy steps! 1) start with a horse with lack of experience or holes in the training 2) try not rock the boat… 3) when the horse has doubts, reduce the pressure or request Thanks for humoring me there. Sometimes when I’m thinking about a subject…I try…

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Can training horses to do tricks like rearing, bowing or lying down cause problems? I answer this question by using examples of six different horses to illustrate my answer…which is sometimes yes and sometimes no. I also explain how I decide which horses are better candidates than others…and how timing does matter. I discuss a…

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What is a tipping point in horse training? Why does it matter? How would it help with spooking? In today’s episode, I discuss the idea of tipping points and how they impact my outlook on training. I see smaller tipping points where the small day after day lessons finally result in a bigger change. I…

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