Horse Training

17 tips to improve your riding without Stirrups

17 tips to improve your riding without Stirrups

Riding without stirrups is a tried and trusted technique with known and established benefits for the horse rider.  Working without stirrups promotes the rider’s balance, stability and depth of seat and is a training tool used by many instructors and riders of all levels.  It […]

8 tips for Grooming a Horse (that doesn’t want to be groomed)

8 tips for Grooming a Horse (that doesn’t want to be groomed)

Grooming is a very important activity both between horses in the herd and between handler or owner and the horse.  Horses mutually groom each other to demonstrate care and attention to one another.  Grooming between owner and horse has numerous health benefits and also establishes […]

How to teach your Horse to give a Kiss

How to teach your Horse to give a Kiss

Horses tend to show affection in their own way. This affection is not always immediately obvious to us even though we may wish it was!  However there are lots of ways to teach a horse how to give affection including teaching them how to give […]

8 tips for Stopping a Horse Eating too Fast

8 tips for Stopping a Horse Eating too Fast

Most horses get excited when it comes to feeding time. However some horses can get a little bit too excited and may eat their food too fast as a result. This is more likely to happen with grains. When a horse eats too fast it […]

11 Ways to Improve Your Bond With Your Horse

11 Ways to Improve Your Bond With Your Horse

One of the best ways to improve your bond with your horse is simply to spend more time with them. This means not just riding but also on the ground.  If your horse lives out 24/7 then it can be easy to end up spending […]

How Long does it take to break in a Horse

How Long does it take to break in a Horse

It takes on average 4-6 weeks to break in a horse in but that time span is based on several assumptions.  If all the handling and preparatory work has been done properly then it should be plain sailing.  The horse’s temperament and character can also […]

7 Ways to Stop your Horse Biting

7 Ways to Stop your Horse Biting

Anyone who has been on the receiving end of an equine nip or bite will know only too well how painful it is.  Probably less deadly than a kick, biting is nevertheless an unwelcome and dangerous habit. There are many ways to stop a horse […]

How to Stop Your Horse Napping

How to Stop Your Horse Napping

Horse napping is when a horse refuses to move in the direction that you want to go. It is a behavioral pattern that can often be very tricky to correct. It can occur for a number of reasons such as a lack of trust, rider […]

7 Ways to Improve Your Sitting Trot

7 Ways to Improve Your Sitting Trot

Sitting trot is not without its challenges but is an important part of rider development and education plus a prerequisite in dressage once you reach a certain competitive level.  More advanced movements like shoulder in and half pass can only really be executed in sitting […]

10 Ways to Calm a Nervous Horse

10 Ways to Calm a Nervous Horse

Horses are flight animals and are therefore sensitive and constantly tuned to what they perceive as danger.  Our perception of danger is not necessarily the same as theirs; some things trigger worry and fear in most horses but much of it is down to the […]