Training Theory and Techniques

Horses Choosing to be Tacked Up and Ridden?

Horses Choosing to be Tacked Up and Ridden?

This topic is all about horses choosing to be tacked up and ridden - is it possible that they actually ...
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P4 Why use STATIONARY targets? Riding, loading, jumping and more...

P4 Why use STATIONARY targets? Riding, loading, jumping and more…

As you'll know by now if you've watched this series - targeting is a versatile and oh-so-useful training technique. This ...
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P3 Why teach your horse to FOLLOW a target?? Lunging, lateral work, stretch down and more...

P3 Why teach your horse to FOLLOW a target?? Lunging, lateral work, stretch down and more…

This targeting video explores FOLLOWING a target - one of the 3 types of nose-targeting exercises I teach and use ...
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P2 Why Teach Your Horse to Touch a Target? De-Spooking, Rein-Back, Loading and More...

P2 Why Teach Your Horse to Touch a Target? De-Spooking, Rein-Back, Loading and More…

Targeting is a really versatile training technique that you can use for so many things. In the last video (part ...
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P1 What is Targeting? And why is it so USEFUL?

P1 What is Targeting? And why is it so USEFUL?

P1 Targeting! I use targeting ALL. THE. TIME. It's one of the most useful behaviours you can train your horse ...
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How to De-Spook Your Horse with a Tarp: A Gentle, Positive and Effective Approach

How to De-Spook Your Horse with a Tarp: A Gentle, Positive and Effective Approach

Thanks to evolution, horses are fearful creatures and spooking and anxiety is the most common challenge for horses and their ...
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Yoga for Equestrians with 5 Min Pre-Ride Back and Hip Release

Yoga for Equestrians with 5 Min Pre-Ride Back and Hip Release

If you've ever wondered why everyone seems to be talking about yoga or how it can help your horse training, ...
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10 Ways to Connect with Your Horse: Podcast

10 Ways to Connect with Your Horse: Podcast

The quality of the relationship you have with your horse is important to you. I know because I feel the ...
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Connect with Your Horse through a Gratitude Groom with Melissa Deal

Connect with Your Horse through a Gratitude Groom with Melissa Deal

Ever feel too rushed, stressed or tired for a training session? Everybody does sometimes, but what should you do on those ...
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Why Do Some Horses Drop Their Penis in Training?

Why Do Some Horses Drop Their Penis in Training?

Today I'm talking about willies and training... If you have a horse who drops, you'll know what I'm talking about! ...
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Transferring a Cue from the Ground to the Saddle: Rein-Back

Transferring a Cue from the Ground to the Saddle: Rein-Back

If your horse knows a behaviour on the ground, it’s a simple process to transfer it to the saddle; you ...
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How to Make Steady Progress With Your Horse

How to Make Steady Progress With Your Horse

When thinking about training steps, we tend to think in, well, steps. You complete step 1 and then progress to ...
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