Welcome to the 44th issue of The Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly video-series that enables you to watch and learn from some of the most talented horsewomen and -men working with horses today.
The trainers and teachers featured in our video lessons are focused on horsemanship as a process not just as performance. In this video series they are opening up their arenas to you to watch and learn from their training process so you can learn from the changes that you witness while they work. You will find solid educational segments that give you ideas of tangible exercises to try with your horse as well as give you a vision visually for where you might like to take your horsemanship.
We hope that you use these lessons to help you become the best horsewoman or -man that you can be.
• Check List at the Walk with Buck Brannaman 14:43
Having a plan when you ride is important whether you are riding a colt or an older horse. In this segment Buck goes through each of the movements he would want his horse to be able to do at the walk before moving into the trot on any given ride. In looking for areas where your horse might need help or practice you can not only feel safer about your rider but know that you are working towards refinement in the saddle.
• Pivoting Exercise with Martin Black 10:05
Clarity when you move your horse is important to keep you both on track. In this segment Martin demonstrates the various ways you can ask your horse to pivot. He stresses that you are not teaching the horse how to do these maneuvers, he already knows how to do them. These exercises help the rider learn how to ask and position properly so that their horse can separate out one maneuver from another.
• Getting Good About the Mounting Block with Jim Hicks 31:20
Having your horse pick you up for a mounting block is s useful skill. In this segment Jim Hicks works on helping a young horse get comfortable with coming up to the block and having Jim step on and off. Having the horse prepared adds another level of safety at a moment when you are vulnerable.
• The “V” Exercise for Flying Lead Changes with Kristin Jacob 29:30
Teaching your horse to change leads might seem like a daunting task. In this segment trainer Kristin Jacob guides a rider through the system that she uses to teach lead changes. Kristin discusses the expectations she has before starting this process as well as common challenges a rider might face.
• Leg Yield with Shane Brown 10:37
The leg yield is a basic foundation movement common to several riding disciplines. In this segment trainer Shane Brown demonstrates how he would introduce the leg yield as well as offer helpful suggestions on how to ride the movement and avoid common mistakes.