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Training Tips

This reference page of training tips has been divided into Articles, Books and Videos.


These articles cover a variety of subject areas: Riders, Tack, Training, Wellness


Get Fit, Ride Better
Getting into better shape can make you a better rider. Our weight-training exercises are guaranteed to work--and they take just minutes a week.
By Jennifer Forsberg Meyer

Read His Eye Before You Mount


How to Choose a Western Bit
Take a moment to understand that piece of equipment in your horse's mouth, and learn how to select the best bit for comfortable, effective communication.
By Dale Rudin | January 15, 2004

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Training Tips

9 Tips for Better Jumping with Your Horse
Common rules the beginning jumper should know.
By Cindy Hale | July 2004

Ask the Expert: Teach the Sidestep
How do I teach my horse to step to the side instead of turning?
By Teresa Kackert | January 26, 2015

Cross-Country Concepts
Olympic eventer Phillip Dutton offers arena exercises to improve your cross-country jumping.
By Holly Caccamise | December 2013

Making the most of a Hot Horse
How to handle the hot horse through management and exercise

Perfect Your Roll-Back
Learn to efficiently stop and change direction with your horse.
By Jennifer Nice | April 2008

Sandy Collier: Giving The Face
A world champion trainer demonstrates the single most important thing to teach your horse to give his face. An adaptation from Sandy Collier?s comprehensive step-by-step training book.

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Ask the Vet: Exercising Horses in Cold Weather
Is it safe to work my horse in very cold temperatures?
February 17, 2015

Homemade First-Aid Recipes for Your Horse
Recipes for common horse care first-aid solutions

Solve Hoof Health Problems
Help your horse put his best feet forward.
By Natalie DeFee Mendik | January 30, 2015

Tendon and Ligament Injuries: Causes and Prevention
By Janice Posnikoff, DVM | Jun-06

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A Horse Around the House
The Totally Revised Classic Guide to Buying, Stabling, Training, Feeding, Grooming, Showing, Disciplining, and Traveling with Your Horse
Authors: Patricia Jacobson and Marcia Hayes
This book is one of my favorites, not only because it was a gift from my son, on his horse crazy mother's birthday, but also because it taught me, in chapter one, my best philosophy: That Horses aren't Pets. In order to thrive horses need knowledgeable care and handling under conditions that simulate their natural state in the wild. I have kept this as my guide for many years and it has helped me be a successful caregiver to all my horses.
Thanks Shawn.

Activate your Horses Core: Ground Exercises for Dynamic Mobility
Authors: Narelle C. Stubbs and Hilary M. Clayton
Another one of my favorites. It is easy to follow, comes with a video that is easy to follow and that you can watch over and over. Most of all, I use it and it really works!
It is a step by step manual and 95 minute DVD showing exercises that mobilize the joints and engage the muscles used to round and stabilize the horse's neck, back and pelvis during athletic activities. You may think that because you and your horse may not be showing or in the competitive horse world that you don't need to have this one in your library. Think again, any activity you do on your horse will benefit from this book. It will make your riding and overall handling of your horse a pleasure.

Getting in TTouch: Understand and Influence Your Horse's Personality
Author: Linda Tellington-Jones with Sybil Taylor
This book is a good reference for all levels of horsemen. It will help anyone communicate on a deeper intuitive level with their horses. This book has been on my favourite reading list for over ten years and I continually go back and pick it up to reference items. The section on how pain effects a horse’s personality helps me as a caretaker understand how to read what my horse is telling me and feeling. She also gives good massage basics to help change your relationship with your horse.

Horse Owners Veterinary Handbook.
Second Edition
The Systems of the Horse; Parasites Emergencies, Reproduction, Foaling , Infections, Nutrition, Common Problems, Drugs and Medications, Index of Signs and Symptoms.
Authors: James M Giffin, MD; Paula Gore; and Tom Gore, DVM.
If you want the most comprehensive information on the healthcare of horses this is the book. Remember, no book can replace your vet, but this one sure helped me understand what to look for and signs to watch out for. This made my preventative caring for horses a little easier and when my vet recommended something, or we discussed issues, I had a place to go later to research what was discussed, which helped reinforce my knowledge.

How to be your own veterinarian

How To Be Your Own Veterinarian (Sometimes) : A Do-It-Yourself Guide For The Horseman.
Author: Ruth B. James, DVM
Horse owners will find How to Be Your Own Veterinarian a fine do-it-yourself guide which differentiates home care from when it's time to call for professional help. From horse management, safety, and foaling to treating common injuries and recognizing skin, eye and digestive problems, this should be on the shelves of any horse owner. -- Midwest Book Review

Understanding Lameness

Understanding Lameness: Examining Equine Lameness From Diagnosis to Prognosis.
Terry Swanson, DVM and Heidi Nylkand, MS.
In Understanding Lameness, veterinary professional Dr. Terry Swanson of Littleton (Colo.) Equine Medical Center guides you through the degrees of lameness and the effects of injury on your horse’s future health and serviceability. A past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Swanson uses the latest diagnostic techniques as key tools in managing lameness problems. Also a horseman, Swanson grasps the physical demands placed on equine athletes and the impact lameness can have from a rider’s and an owner’s perspectives.

From hoof abscesses, white-line disease and navicular syndrome to laminitis, ringbone and soft-tissue injuries, in Understanding Lameness  you learn to recognize the symptoms of each problem, which diagnostic tools can be most beneficial and what types of treatments might best put your horse on the road to recovery. Swanson’s common-sense information is your best asset in keeping your horse sound, as well as for coping with a lameness diagnosis.

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Build Unshakable Confidence In Handling and Riding Your Horse
7 Tips to become confident in handling & riding your horse

Side-pass on the Fence
Russell Dilday demonstrates how this drill helps you gain better control of your horse’s movement.

Steps to a Side Pass
Champion ranch horse trainer Mike Major demonstrates the steps to a side-pass

The information on these pages is meant to supplement, not replace, proper equestrian training. Working with horses poses some inherent risks. We advise you to take full responsibility for your safety and know your limits. Do not take risks beyond your level of experience, aptitude, training, and comfort level.

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