Here are a number of techniques – some of which are effective, and some which need to be shelved permanently in the name of “desensitizing” horses.
In part two of his meaningful round pen work series, Josh Nichol explains how to direct your horse effectively, once you’ve gained his focus.
Instilling proper manners through groundwork adds to the everyday enjoyment of spending time with your equine partner. Learn how to do it safely.
A bouncy, unstable sitting trot is not only uncomfortable, it’s also hard on both your and your horse’s joints, spine and back muscles.
If your horse tends to have a hollowed back, it can indicate weakness through the abdominals and lack of engagement. Here are some targeted exercises.
Josh Nichol shows us that the type of horse you are training will determine how to use the round pen in a meaningful way that will help them trust and learn
Trainer Lindsay Grice explains why it’s important for horseback riders to keep their heels down in the stirrups, and how to maintain the position.
If your horse won't stay still to be bridled, and physical pain has been ruled out, try positive reinforcement to teach him to lower his head and be still.
Trainer Josh Nichol says that using well-timed pressure in a non-threatening way can be a useful training tool to help your horse learn.
Josh Nichol looks at four different approaches to horsemanship and training, and explains how your view of equine behaviour influences which you choose.