Welcome to the 39th issue of The Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly video-series that enables you to watch and learn from some of the most talented horsemen and -women working with horses today.
Education is the main objective of this video-series. Because we believe that it’s the little things that make a big difference; a change in expression, the length of a pause, the smoothness of a transition, these video segments are edited as little as possible to give you the whole picture of how each horse and rider progress.
Becoming a better horseman is a life-long process, and if you are serious about becoming the best you can be, now you can enjoy having access to some of the best resources in the horsemanship world.
So, Come along for the ride — you and your horse will be glad that you did!
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Stepping Out of The Comfort Zone with Martin Black 6:12
In a performance situation where you are asking your horse to make quick athletic movements you need to be able to bring the life way up in your horse with out it being upsetting. Martin Black talks you through getting your horse out of his comfort zone, bringing the energy way up in a maneuver then learning how to bring it back and stand and be calm and quiet.
Saddling Details with David Hillman 12:27
There are a lot of little details to saddling a horse. David Hillman takes you through the details that can help you become smooth, safe and efficient in your saddling. From carrying the saddle, swinging it up on your horse’s back, to doing the cinches there are many opportunities to alter what you might have done for years to make it more fitting to your horse.
Using Transitions to Improve Your Ride with Amelia Newcomb 21:28
Transitions are important in every discipline of riding. In this segment Amelia Newcomb guides you through riding a variety of transitions to warm your horse up and improve his gaits. She breaks down the aids as well as outlines what she is looking for in each transition.
Balanced Riding with Jim Hicks 29:02
In this segment Jim Hicks focuses on brining awareness to riding your horse with balance. Balance includes being sure to be consistent from side to side and back to front and being aware of how much weight a horse has on each of his feet. For example if a horse is over bent he will be out of balance; this can be upsetting to a young horse and simply counter productive to an older horse.
Saddling After A Wreck with Kristi Fredrickson 32:33
Sometimes things go wrong and we need to know what to do after a problem has happened. In this segment Kristi Fredrickson demonstrates how she would work with a horse who unfortunately had the saddle get under his belly during a prior ride. Kristi offers some exercises to prepare the horse for being re-saddled for the first time since the incident.