How to Train your Horse to Pose for Instagram Photos (Really!)

  One of the fun parts of owning a horse- especially in the 2020’s- is getting to pose with and do social media photoshoots with your horse. As horse owners we are proud of our horses and ponies and want to share our horse-buddies with our friend circle, even those who don’t hang out at…

Common canter cues

4 Tips for How to Make a Horse Canter

  The transition from trot to canter is a bumpy one for most riders to learn, and for both horse and rider, it requires more muscle and balance than other gait transitions. Because of this, and the relationship between the two (inexperienced writers tend to be a little bouncy in this transition and may inadvertently…

increase horse, rider, and farm safety by training your horses to stop immediately on cue

The Perfect Whoa: How to Train a Horse to Stop on Verbal Command

    When it comes to horse training, nothing is more fundamental than teaching a horse to reliably stop on command – and yet, it’s something that many horse trainers skip right over without a thought. Instead, most horses are trained to stop through body cues and rain cues – like sitting deep in the saddle, stopping the…

Breaking Horses to Drive and Pull a Cart

  Curly horses are well suited to work in harness pulling carts. In this post I’ve collected a few shots of our horses working in harness. In this first series of photos, curly leopard appaloosa stallion Spot O Rust is shown pulling a training cart.          The photo below shows a grey…

loading a horse that won't step onto the trailer

Tips and Tricks for Loading a Horse that Won’t Walk into a Trailer

  Is any problem more frustrating than packing up for a show or trail ride- usually running a bit behind- and rushing to load your horse just to find the horse won’t walk into the trailer? In this article, I’ll be discussing the problem and describing specific training interventions you can use right now or…