Welcome to the 48th 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. Come along for the ride — you and your horse will be glad that you did!
• Front End and Back End Work with Tom Curtin 9:58
A foundational movement for horses of all disciplines is to be able to move their front and hind quarters accurately and comfortably. In this segment Tom demonstrates how he would ask a horse to move both his hind and front quarters and talks the viewer through some potential areas of difficulty.
• Gymnastic Jumping Exercise with Kristin Jacob 40:00
In this segment Kristin Jacob instructs three of her students through a gymnastic jumping exercise designed to help improve both rider balance and core strength and help the horses learn to center the arc over each jump as they go through. Watch how the horses and riders improve as the riders drop their reins and go through the gymnastic without reins!
• Developing the Half-Pass with Jim Hicks 28:20
Jim Hicks takes one of the most complex dressage movements, the half-pass, and simplifies it into components that you and your horse can understand. In his clear and methodical teaching style he walks you through the building blocks needed to introduce this movement as well as areas that can commonly lead to frustrations.
• Weight, Balance and the Outside Rein with Lee Smith 22:11
In this segment Lee gives us some examples of how our weight and balance can affect our horse’s feet and some specific ways that we can use the outside rein to have influence over the feet and illuminate the fact that using your inside rein to pull on your horse can be very detrimental.