Training

Does your horse find you predictable AND interesting?

When we train, we train using patterns. Patterns of behavior that create habits. Lead to the saddling area. Ground-tie. Brush. Saddle. Mount. Warm up. Work period. Rest period. Work period. On the surface it may look to an outside observer that we are teaching the horse to perform a pattern, like a trick, however, we…

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Why use a bit in a horses mouth?

Snaffle or shank? Why not free, nothing in the mouth of your horse.  Sidepull, that’s all. One of my horses reacted real good when we stopped with the snaffle. He was very stiff in the neck and became easy and willing, bending his neck in both left and right directions. I’ve noticed this before with other…

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Insecure horses and self control

Thankfully the horse show ended better than it began! Willow (the 7-year old I mentioned in a previous post) recovered nicely. Willow is not a naturally confident horse and this was her first horse show. To give an example of how nervous she was, the first night I was riding in the dressage arena we…

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Weaning foals with older horses

It’s weaning time! Actually, it has been weaning time for these two fillies for awhile now as we use a gradual system of weaning. These photos are from yesterday and they are turned out with Popcorn, my older gelding. I like weaning gradually and I like keeping them in a herd environment. You can see…

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The Bare Facts About Bareback Riding!

“Stacy, I love all your videos on training! I have a question. On riding bareback, I know there are benefits for the rider such as balance and seat. I also know there are possible risks to the horse. So is it something I should include in my training of me and my horses or something…

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What am I doing wrong?

“Hi Stacy, I’m a trail rider and up until recently I didn’t understand the need to ride around in a circle.   I bought a new horse about a year ago and on the trail he will follow my husband’s mare with no problems.  He even leads sometimes, if she’ll let him.  I live in —————…

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Understanding is the foundation for communication.

Without a doubt, my favorite thing to teach people is how to understand what their horse is experiencing. Love. It. Why? Understanding is the foundation for communication. When it comes to understanding horses, the place to start is by teaching people to read the horses body language. Horses are always communicating with us…but we need…

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Clipper training horses: techniques that work

How do you approach body clipping foals if they aren’t halter trained yet? With good technique.  The technique is the same one you should use with any horse (approach and retreat) but the application is different. Think about that sentence for a minute. The technique, the idea, the thought, the theory, is approach and retreat.…

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