Notes From Julie At each of my clinics, my attention first turns to the horses’ tack to check for fit, adjustment and function. When it comes to saddle fit, my eyes always go to these three parts of the horse first: the withers, the shoulders and the loins. Most of the saddle fit issues I see affect one of these three parts of the horse. Often problems can be fixed by simply adjusting the placement of the saddle or getting a little creative with padding. Sometimes a different saddle is needed and for some horses, saddle fit will...Read More
Month: February 2017
Several million years ago horses grazed on plants that would be the basis of an amazing ointment. Known as icthammol, black ointment or drawing salve, it is used to treat wounds, skin conditions and abscesses affecting descendants of these early horses.Read More
Comfort and confidence rely on balance . . . and balance relies largely on core strength.
In this series focusing on RIDER confidence, we’ll cover a number of ways to develop this fundamentally important attribute.
From this rider/writer’s perspective, the most essential physical attributes of the confident equestrian are:Read More
We often hear the words “balance” and “collection” along with a variety of methods of achieving these goals for our horses. There are many different opinions on this broad subject and the short version of my mine is based on many years of experience working with many different horses in a variety of breeds. I have found that some really great trainers who I have worked with over the years share this view. We all agree that a balanced horse is a horse that carries himself. If you were to balance a horse on a scale, you would find...Read More
In previous articles we have reviewed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it. We have discussed preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises. Now we are ready to go out on the trail!Read More