Fabulous Flatwork Drills for Every Horse

So you don’t have a lesson until next week and you have days of riding on your own ahead. Just plain tired of turning circles in the arena? You don’t have to!

We can’t jump every day. But there is no need for anyone to be bored on the flat. There are so many fun flatwork […]

By |May 27th, 2017|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Why Grids Are Great Training

Chances are, if you ride with one of our trainers, you’ve done your share of jumping grids. But why? Why do we love to torture you all so?

Jokes and maniacal laughs aside, grid patterns are great training for both you and your horse. (Believe it or not, lots of people even like doing them!)

Grids are […]

By |October 30th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Pecking Order: Establishing Dominance with your Horse

Let’s say you’re at a cocktail party. People are milling about with their drinks, making small talk in low voices as jazz music plays in the background. You’ve just met a lot of these folks and suddenly, you start whistling and tapping your glass and, once you’ve got the attention of the room, you explain […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Sitting the Canter Like a Pro, Part 2

The canter is a beautiful gait—smooth and rhythmic and even dance-like. But it can also be difficult to master. Many horses love to canter, but often this is the gait where you’ll experience bucking or an over-excited mount. Nobody wants to be the guy in the photo, haha! Also, some less forward horses don’t like to move […]

By |July 18th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Sitting the Canter Like a Pro, Part 1

You may not know it if you’ve never taking time off from riding, but sitting the canter well is an art that we riders have to maintain.

Posting the trot is like riding a bike—once you learn it, your body remembers how to do it even if you don’t do it for years. But the canter […]

By |June 25th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

How to Post the Canter

If you’ve ever watched a polo chukker or just happened by while the Denver Polo Club folks are riding, chances are you’ve seen them posting the canter. They do that pretty much all the time.

We eventing, hunter-jumper and dressage riders—not to mention Western riders—almost never do this, though! (We sit, we ride light seat or […]

By |June 6th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

How to Build Horse Topline Muscle Right

A horse’s topline is the muscle that runs from his poll to his croup, literally connecting head to tail. It’s important because a strong topline means better carrying power, balance and ability to work from behind. Basically, better everything.

The challenge is that the topline is often the last to come and first to go, on the […]

By |May 24th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

Densensitizing a Spooky Horse, Part 3

So we’ve done two blogs on dealing with spookiness so far and now we’re talking about desensitizing a spooky horse by sacking out. How does it work?

A round pen (we have them up by the Western arena) is the best place to start with this. Basically the idea is that you allow your horse freedom […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

How to Deal with a Spooky Horse, Part 2

In our last blog we discussed what not to do when your horse spooks and why. It’s important to understand the why behind all of this—horses spook naturally and trying to force or fight it out of them is ineffective. We have to train it away kindly and patiently (and probably never entirely) by showing […]

By |March 8th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments

How to Deal With a Spooky Horse, Part 1

We’ve all seen it: a wild-eyed horse galloping home across the bridge, reins flapping in the breeze and saddle empty, having left his rider with a bruised bottom somewhere on the trails or cross country course.

It happens. Horses are prey animals and therefore hard-wired to flee any appearance of danger. And encounters with apparent danger—bikers, […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Lessons, Advice|0 Comments