Horse Training Articles
Advice from Professional Horse Trainers
Dec 5, 2017
What It’s Really Like to Train Your Own Young Horse
Admit it, we’ve all been enamored at one point or another about how great it would be to get a young horse and end up at a CCI4* or [insert level here]. Often build-your-own appears to be the only option because young horses are often cheaper than made horses. But as someone that has actually bred and is attempting to ride a young horse, I can tell you the three truths that I have found. More info...
Apr 28, 2016
6 Overlooked Training Principles
If you're training a horse, you probably devote a lot of energy to technique. Technique isn't everything, though. Here are six useful horse-training concepts, often overlooked, that'll help you train a better horse.
1. Train off the rail.
Any horse benefits from this, even one destined for rail-class competition, and here's why: When a horse is ridden out in the open, he has to take all his guidance cues from the rider and learns to pay attention to what the rider's asking him to do. But if he's allowed to use the crutch of following along a fence (also a crutch for the rider), he soon gets used to using the fence as his autopilot guidance system. That allows him to tune the rider out to a great degree, contributing to problems with the next overlooked principle. More info...
Apr 26, 2016
Ask Our Expert - Tom Curtin
Photo by Ross Hecox
Trainer and clinician Tom Curtin of Madison, Florida, hosts clinics and camps all over the country.
Q: My 4-year-old gelding is very quiet and has a lot of miles on him, but not a lot of formal training. He’s willing and easy to get along with, but he’s also lazy. I have trouble getting him to pick up his right lead and stay in it. The only way I can get him into it is to stop him and do a rollback to the right, and then he picks it up 90 percent of the time. Sometimes he’ll break down into a trot, though, and when he starts loping again he’ll be in the left lead. I want to show him in ranch pleasure, so I need him to get more consistent and pick up the correct lead from a walk, and stay in that lead at a lope. Do you have any suggestions? More info...
Jan 27, 2016
Reform a Rearing Horse
JONATHAN FIELD Photography by ROBIN DUNCAN
Canadian horseman Jonathan Field explains what causes a horse to rear, and shares how to safely correct the negative reaction.
Rearing is a tactic some horses use to evade certain cues, and it causes riders to lose confidence in their ability and in their horse. When I first observed Laura and “Red” at one of my clinics, I knew the horse had a bit of a “bomb” in him; if you pressed the wrong button, you found yourself in big, explosive trouble.