Welcome to the 45th issue of The Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly video-series that provides you with guidance not gimmicks as you watch and learn from some of the most talented horsewomen and -men working with horses today.
The journey to becoming a good horsewoman or -man is a lifelong process. There is no replacement for experience in the saddle or handling horses yourself. However, we do have the opportunity to benefit from the lifetimes of experience of some of the most talented horsewomen and -men teaching horsemanship today.
Knowledge can come from so many sources and we hope that you use these lessons to help you become the best horsewoman or -man that you can be. Come along for the ride — you and your horse will be glad that you did!
Bridle Horse Progressions with Lee Smith 15:33
The transition between the traditional stages of making a bridle horse can be very intimidating. In this segment Lee Smith discusses the similarities and differences between the snaffle, hackamore and bridle. She demonstrates some foundation movements in the snaffle and how these prepares a horse to be ridden in the bridle.
Get Your Horse Ready to Pick You Up off the Fence with Tom Curtin 6:00
Having a horse prepared to pick you up from the fence before you climb up on it will make the process clearer for you both. In this segment Tom Curtin demonstrates how he might prepare a horse on the ground to lead in a figure eight so that when he goes to the fence his horse is ready.
Pivoting with a Drift Exercise with Martin Black 6:07
Taking the awareness of where your horse’s feet, weight and direction are Martin demonstrates an exercise to put all those pieces together. Learn to move each foot in any direction with forward or backwards movement, linking all that feel into one continuous flow of motion. A great challenge for riders of disciplines.
Narrated Training Ride with Jim Hicks 38:05
The chance to hear what a trainer is thinking in real time while riding is a valuable tool. In this segment Jim Hicks narrates his ride on Wilson, a green horse recently purchased at a horse sale. This horse is starting to progress towards moving with engagement and life in his work; focusing on balanced movement at all gaits.
Riding Plan Part 1 with Alice Trindle 40:39
Riding on your own can pose many challenges, one of which is finding structure and purpose for your rides. In this series of three segments Alice offers some guidelines of a riding plan, flexible in the specifics but structured in the topics. These lesson plans will help you find a way to develop your horse biomechanically while maintaining a willing attitude.