Welcome to the 56th 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.
We can all get frustrated when we hit a horsemanship plateau. Now you can be inspired and directed by incredible horsemen and-women who know that process is more important that performance. They are happy to share their knowledge in real-time so that you can see the changes that take place as they happen.
Share the magic of a smooth transition. Feel the joy of a change in expression. Add to your knowledge so that you can reach your horsemanship goals whatever they may be.
So, Come along for the ride — you and your horse will be glad that you did!
Please enjoy a sneak preview:
In this Issue:
• Catching a Horse from the Right Side with Tom Curtin (6:51)
Whether at a colt starting clinic or an older horse who is reluctant to be caught, sometimes a situation presents itself where if you could catch your horse on the right side it would be a better fit for the both of you. In this lesson horseman Tom Curtin demonstrates how to make the most of this opportunity and gives you another tool in your toolbox ready for when the time is right.
• The Importance of Body Language in Groundwork with Ben Longwell (39:22)
Having clear body language will help you stay safe and be an effective communicator when working on the ground. In this lesson Ben Longwell will guide you through the basics of position, life and space when doing groundwork. He also addresses how to use your halter to help your horse yield thoughtfully and respond to your requests through his mind down to his feet.
• Helpful Fundamentals with David Ellis (18:40)
At 80 years old horsemanship instructor David Ellis has been helping students with their horses for decades. In this lesson he visits about how some of his ideas have changed over the years and explores the ideas of rhythmic motion, steady pressure and rhythmic pressure in his training program.
• Taking the Half-Pass into the Trot with Jim Hicks (23:18)
The half-pass is a movement that stumps many riders. Building on the prior lesson of half-pass at the walk Jim Hicks now takes the movement into the trot. Starting with the necessary elements that must be in place before asking for the movement Jim does a great job demystifying the half-pass and taking his horse’s power into the movement while maintaining communication and rhythm.
• Saddling A Horse Horse Who Gets Tight with Martin Black (9:14)
Having a horse stand is one of the fundamentals that Martin Black expects of his horses. But if a horse gets stressed or has had a bad experience when being saddled Martin offers some approaches to help a horse get more comfortable with the process by using movement.