3 ways never to use a stud chain

3 Ways you Should Never Use a Horse Stud Chain (And Why)

A stud chain can be a useful tool or an unnecessarily harsh correction, depending on the handler’s use of the chain and a particular horse’s sensitivity to correction. While a horse’s sensitivity can sometimes work in your benefit (like the horse who only needs a rider to carry a crop in order to become more…

Simple tips to address the cause and end head tossing

Simple Tips to End Horse Head Tossing and Throwing

    as your horse or pony recently started tossing their head up in the air when you are riding? When horses start head tossing behavior, it often indicates one of a few things, which we will discuss in this article. Because head tossing can have a few causes, it may take some detective work…

retraining a horse that acts up when entering or riding in an arena

Arena Sour: Working with Horses that Refuse to Enter an Arena

Sometimes horses will start becoming difficult to ride into an arena (or any area they’ve typically been ridden or trained in). Often, the horse will start exhibiting behaviors that make it difficult for the rider to get the horse to the arena. These difficult behaviors can range from simply refusing to enter the arena- by…

Things to Do with a Yearling Horse – Advanced Early Training

Although a horse’s bones and joints aren’t mature enough to carry a rider until 2 to 3 years old, there are many important skills that can be taught to a horse before 2 years old. If you are raising a young horse to be your next trail, hobby, or show partner, it can be a…

Training a horse to neck rain is a simple series of training exercises that any rider can teach their horse

How To Teach a Horse to Neck Rein

  What is Neck Reining? There are many ways to cue your horse when riding. One of the most popular ways, unique to the Western style of riding developed in the United States, is called neck reining. Neck reining is in some ways the “opposite” of what is called direct rein riding. In direct-rein riding,…

conformation photo of horse with an ewe neck and the same horse after 18 months of conditioning

What is a Ewe Neck in Horses? Recognizing and Correcting

  An ewe neck is a conformation flaw that is typically more related to the conditioning and muscle tone of a horse than it is to skeletal structure, breed standard, or genetics. Because it is a condition of poor muscling, a ewe neck can often be corrected with nutrition and conditioning. In this article, I’ll…

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…

Horse Throwing Head with Bit On

When horses throw their head it can be a sign of several things. You should observe your horse to see if he only throws is head when wearing a bit and bridle, or if he throws his head also when he is alone in a pasture or a stall. The latter type of head throwing (even…