Releasing Rider Tension Part 2 with Wendy Murdoch

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 32 When asked by a riding instructor to “sit up straight” most riders will hollow their back and pull their chest and shoulders back, adding tension and not achieving the position they are truly looking for. Wendy Murdoch helps a student rider find good position, being open in […]

Riding Outside Part 2 with Paul Dietz

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 32 Taking a young horse outside of the arena for the first few rides can be intimating for many riders. In the last issue Paul demonstrated how he would prepare in the arena first and then ways to help an insecure horse gain confidence outside. In this segment, […]

The Circle Exercise with Johanna Redmond

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 32 In the last issue Johanna demonstrated how working over ground poles can help with your horse’s timing and show areas where you might need some extra work. In this issue she uses poles arranged in a circle to create a challenge. You can use the circle to […]

Lateral Groundwork with Jim Hicks

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 32 This segment stems from Jim being asked in clinics how to help a horse begin to learn lateral movement from the ground. He demonstrates how you can develop the feel of and for your horse when asking him to move laterally. You will truly appreciate just how […]

Introduction to the Garrocha with Alice Trindle

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 32 In this segment you will begin to understand the traditions of the Garrocha, an historical cattle handling tool from Spain and how it can benefit you and your horsemanship. Alice Trindle walks you through her experience with the Garrocha and how she would prepare on foot before […]

Releasing Rider Tension with Wendy Murdoch

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 31 Riders with injuries can often hold onto stiffness for long after the pain has gone. Using a Feldenkrais® lesson called “The Artificial Floor” Wendy helps a student rider release tension and stiffness in both arms and legs to be able to more more freely and comfortably for […]

Basic Exercises Over Poles with Johanna Redmond

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 31 Adding some small jumps or cavaletti into your training program is a great way to challenge yourself and your horse. Johanna Redmond and her students demonstrate how you can start with some ground poles to work on timing and your partnership with your horse and these fun […]

Improving the Canter Pirouette with Jim Hicks

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 31 Even horses trained to the highest levels have areas where they need help improving. Jim Hicks demonstrates how he would help a horse that needs some fine tuning with his canter pirouettes and offers suggestions how you can address physical and mental challenges with this upper-level movement. […]

Teaching Turnarounds – Beginning and More Advanced with Bryan Neubert

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 29 A turnaround is a basic maneuver that we can introduce at any stage in a horse’s development. Bryan demonstrates how he would start this maneuver with a horse with only a handful of rides; his approach, his expectations and how a what he would settle for. Then […]