Beginning Canter Work (#8)

When your horse is going smoothly at the trot and is making easy circles and loops, it is time to start cantering. I much prefer initially cantering the horse on the longe in the round ring because you are able to allow the horse to gain some balance and some understanding of the aids by doing so. Continue reading…

Training the Horse to Think: Mounted Exercises (#7)

Training a horse is not a strictly linear progression, and it does not proceed in any prescribed manner. The exercises I am explaining here will be useful for either a green horse or an experienced one. Each exercise can be carried out in varying degrees of difficulty. Continue reading…

Training the Horse to Think (#6)

At Susar Farm we teach horses to do all kinds of different things that help tighten the human/horse bond. Some of these things, like sidepassing strange objects, and working around the leg in turns on the forehand and turns on the haunches, are practical for times when you need to be able to get out of tight places or open and close gates, but others are strictly geared at helping the horse learn to trust his human. Continue reading…

Beginning Trot Work (#5)

When dealing with an untrained horse, I do all kinds of walking exercises to make sure that the young horse is understanding turns, halts, and moving off the leg nicely before I attempt the trot. Continue reading…

OK, You Are On The Horse, What Now? (#4)

You have successfully mounted and dismounted your horse and he is comfortable with that sequence, so now you are ready to actually go somewhere!
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Saddling Your Horse (#2)

I am going to describe this process as though you are saddling a young horse for the first time with extra care being taken not to alarm the horse. The process is the same for a horse who is accustomed to being saddled except that you do not have to be quite so slow and easy. Continue reading…

On The Bit (#1)

When bridling your horse, your first bit of information needs to be the status of your horse’s training and past experience. Things are quite different for a fully trained horse into a curb bit and a horse just now being bitted. Continue reading…