Welcome to the 54th issue of The Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly video-series that enables you to watch and learn from some of the most talented instructors working with horses and riders 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 student progress.
We know that you are interested in process and not just performance. Our contributors are willing to show just how they work with a horse in real-time; giving the horse the time he needs to make a change. 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!
Please enjoy a sneak preview:
In this Issue:
• Development of the Canter with Kristin Jacob 36:40
In this video Kristin Jacob discusses the development of the canter. In show jumping the canter is the most important gait as it is the only gait used when navigating a show jumping course. As the show jumping fences get bigger and courses get more technical the balance, power, and adjustability of the canter become highly important and can take years to develop. Whether a rider has ambition to jump, canter across varied terrain, or work in the arena, a balanced canter is a must for both safety and enjoyment. In this video, Kristin first discusses the correct position of the rider’s legs, seat, and hands and demonstrates how the rider’s position influences the horse’s carriage at the walk, trot, and canter. Kristin gives views exercises to help develop the proper feel and position of their body so that they can correctly and effectively influence their horse’s canter. Kristin then goes on to discuss the development of the canter for the horse and gives viewers examples of exercises that can easily be modified for horses in different stages of development and regardless of discipline. Kristin concludes with a discussion about fear surrounding the canter and gives tips for how riders can take steps to set both horse and rider up for success.
• Colt Starting Project Part 3 with David Hillman and Gene Armstrong 1:23:28
Continuing from prior issues, David Hillman and Gene Armstrong collaborate in a truly inspiring way to help a young horse who arrived to be started with some history. Watch this young horse start to make some pretty incredible changes in how she responds to being handled. Please enjoy this opportunity to experience what a joy it is to work with someone else to help find what’s best for the horse.
• Helping a Horse that has Trouble Backing with Martin Black 6:20
Martin Black travels the country teaching clinics and helping people with their horsemanship. A topic that he is often asked about is improving a horse’s back up. In this segment Martin demonstrates how to help a horse learn to leave with his hind end first to improve the quality and life in the back up.
• Preparing for Trail Obstacles – The Trees with Amy LeSatz 6:27
Whether you are trail riding for pleasure or competition knowing that you are prepared for obstacles you may encounter will give you confidence. In this segment Amy LeSatz guides us how to prepare a horse to ride through thick brush or trees. With a strategy that will prepare a horse on the ground and then in the saddle without over-exposing him you’ll soon be able to ride through obstacles at an event or out on the trail.