February 15, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
From time to time in a conversation or in writing I refer to my “Horse Trainer Lifestyle.” It’s a handy little phrase that can be turned in just about any direction I need it to. Of course, I’m kinda sarcastic, so it’s often used that way. It’s my version of the popular phrase
February 12, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
Ok, I'll have to admit, this was a fun video to make! You might want to watch it with captions on, though. There was a lot of wind noise. https://youtu.be/XKr71AVnkHM I thought the "Professional driver on a closed course" tag was a fun nod to car commercials. That said, if
February 8, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
It was my last chance for survival… I had just left an airplane at about 6,000 feet (1,800+ meters), and I was spinning on my back being slung around like a doll by a malfunctioning parachute rapidly diving toward the ground. There was no way I could possibly survive hitting the
February 7, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
Snap shackles are fairly common these days in carriage driving. They making hitching and unhitching your horse quick and convenient, but the primary reason for using them has to do with safety. Learn a little more about snap shackles, including the ones I use in this Facebook
January 31, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
There are lots of great carriage driving and horse training questions on the Ask Andy page. I think it will be fun to answer some of those questions in video posts from time to time. Here's the first installment! https://youtu.be/Ej1za3_pIBQ
January 18, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
It’s seldom “just one thing” that causes a problem for your horse. I was inspired to write this little note by a post I ran across called “Trigger Stacking.” It’s a great quick read about how one thing going wrong usually won’t cause a problem, but when it’s combined with
January 16, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
There's specific training trick that most people don’t know about, or forget to use. It’s simple that you can use it every time you take your horse out to train, and he’ll never get tired of it. Checkout the video to learn more!
January 7, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
I’ve been surprised at how many horse enthusiasts aren’t aware of the training scale. Of the ones who are, many view it as an overly complicated, strict set of ideals that can’t possibly be reached, held up by FSDQ’s (Fun-Sucking Dressage Queens.) I don’t have anything against
January 3, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
Did you know that horse trainers are experimenting on horses every day? In fact, if you're taking lessons with a horse trainer, they're most likely experimenting on you as well. What this video to learn more about the secret of equine experimentation, and how it can benefit you.
January 1, 2019 by Andy Marcoux
One thing that drives me crazy is “theoretical instruction.” Like most people, I start to get fidgety, even anxious when an instructor makes a deep dive into theory, no matter what the subject. After all, it’s great to know the theory, but I want something I can use! (there's
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