Working in Corridors: Heeding – Part 2 of 3

Heeding is a horse communication system that proceeds in small, horse-logical steps that never create fear or antagonism in the horse. It requires being consistent in the moves you make around the horse, introducing just one small bite of information at a time, and making sure that new information is just one step away from […]

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Wintertime Groundwork Review

Winter is upon us and cold wet weather can make riding less appealing. However you can still put these chilly winter days to good use by reviewing your groundwork. Groundwork sets the stage for work under saddle and allows you to introduce new concepts to your horse in a safe environment. I have listed some […]

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What About Discipline?

How hard should I beat my horse and how often? Sometimes I wonder if that is really a dumb question. The opposite might be this. How dangerous should I let my horse get before I do something about it? I am always amazed at how far people will let things go with their horses before […]

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When Good Gaits Deteriorate

It is not uncommon for less experienced riders to buy a horse that is already winning at higher levels of competition with the intention of showing it at a lower level. These riders admire the horse’s good gaits. They appreciate its smooth extension and collection in every gait or effortless quality of its slides and […]

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Using Physical Pressures in Training

When we’re training a horse, we use both physical and psychological pressures to shape his behavior. You can’t neatly separate the influence of these pressures because the horse has physical reactions to psychological pressures and he has psychological reactions to physical pressures. Even so, we’re going to try to look at the two separately and […]

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Using Pressures To Shape The Horse

Training horses involves using pressures to shape a horse’s behavior. But many people MythUnderstand how to use pressures properly. Horses will learn when: a pressure is not perceived as an attack, the pressure is only one step away from something the horse already understands, and if doing the correct thing relieves the pressure which rewards […]

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Traveling in the Best Circles

Before either horses or riders master the sequential stages of their respective learning trees, they will travel in endless circles. The circle is the basic school figure we use to develop the essentials of rhythm and relaxation in either horse or rider. As they school their horses, riders should strive to make every circle the […]

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Trick Horses vs. Trained Horses

When youngsters come to Meredith Manor, one of the first things I show them is a big ball of string. Now if I asked them to sit down right then and there and eat that whole ball of string, they’d find that pretty gross. But if they started at the end, which is actually the […]

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Up, Up and Away – Starting over Fences

Some people can’t see why we want to jump but those of us that enjoy it can’t really imagine life without it. Add to that the desire to eventually begin training our own young horse or move our “old” horse into a new sport, so we make the decision to start training our horse ourselves […]

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