Welcome to the 40th 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!
In this issue:
Safe and Smooth Mounting with David Hillman 24:35
Getting off and on a horse can put you in a vulnerable position. David Hillman demonstrates several ways that you can safely mount and dismount. Whether you are riding a young horse, or you are an older rider, or …. an older rider on a young horse, his suggestions will make the mounting and dismounting process safe and smooth for booth you and your horse.
An Introduction to Lateral Work with Amelia Newcomb 17:00
Introducing lateral work to your horse can feel overwhelming, and if we as riders don’t have a clear concept on the movement we are looking for how can we expect to ask our horses for it? Dressage trainer Amelia Newcomb demonstrates how she approaches training lateral movements starting with leg yield and moving to shoulder and haunches in. Amelia also discusses strategies for dealing with challenges when they arise.
An Aid for Riders with Wendy Murdoch 14:50
Having tools you can use on your own to improve your position without an instructor are invaluable. In this segment Wendy Murdoch talks a rider through the use of Franklin balls in the saddle to improve leg position and function.
The Ambidextrous Rider Part 1 with Chris Sobenes 18:39
In this segment Chris Sobenes introduces the idea of helping to create an ambidextrous rider. Whether you are an instructor looking for tips on helping your students, or a rider who struggles with imbalances in yourself, these segments will give you some great ideas to become more balanced. In this portion Chris works on suggestions for balancing on the ground with your grooming, handling and groundwork.
Riding with a Flag with Kristi Fredrickson 26:09
Riding with a flag can develop confidence in horse and rider as well as develop skills at riding one handed. It is also a great tool to help get front and hindquarters operating freely. In this segment Kristi Fredrickson shows how to make sure your horse is first checked out on the ground and then how to take the flag into the saddle and begin to ride. Kristi and students demonstrate how to use the flag on your own horse, and how to help a friend with the flag from the saddle.