Welcome to the 41st 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.
The primary goal of The Horseman’s Gazette is education. We know that some concepts and fundamental exercises are better taught by demonstration. For viewers this is a chance to learn from clinicians and cowboys as they work with their own horses, at their own pace. Becoming a better horseman is a life-long process, and if you are serious about becoming the best you can be, now you can take advantage of having access to some of the best in the horse world.
Groundwork in a Figure Eight with Tom Curtin 22:25
Getting a horse to pick you up off the fence can be a great skill to have. In this segment Tom Curtin demonstrates how he would prepare a horse to follow a feel from the halter rope on the ground first so that when you step up onto the fence you both have a clearer picture. He then shows how to help a horse feel good about approaching you on the fence and moving into position for you to be able to mount from the fence.
Groundwork with Dressage in Mind with Amelia Newcomb 20:02
Many people think of groundwork as something only to be done with young or inexperienced horses. In this segment Amelia Newcomb demonstrates how she uses groundwork with a focus on preparing for dressage movements once she’s in the saddle. She also shows common errors that handlers make when attempting work their horses from the ground.
Grounding the Foot with Wendy Murdoch 8:50
Without knowing or being aware, many riders push down on their stirrups. This force of is translated into the horse’s back, the very thing we are tying to lift with good riding. In this segment Wendy Murdoch demonstrates a quick and simple way to help a rider release this pressure creating freer movement in horse and rider.
The Ambidextrous Rider Part 2 with Chris Sobenes 32:15
In this segment Chris Sobenes continues 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 demonstrates ideas for creating balance in the saddle at the walk.
An Approach to Backing Circles with Jim Hicks 36:06
Backing circles is an incredibly valuable exercise. In this segment Jim Hicks demonstrates how he introduces the concept and talks the viewer through how to introduce this moment while keeping, and improving the quality of movement backward. The biggest challenge is getting started, and he offers great strategies for beginning this movement.