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 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…