Things you should be doing with your horse during the COVID shut-down. Lots of people are spending a lot more time at home than normal. If you have your horses at home, this can equate to a bunch of bonus time to spend with your horses. That’s a real silver lining in this difficult time. […]
I’m often asked, “How much is too much contact, and how little is too little.” The answer often depends on what it is that you’re doing with your horse. But the question of how much contact you should use goes beyond the specific activity your are doing with your horse. It can change within the course of a single workout. Instead of focusing on “How much contact should I have?” you should focus on “What is the most effective contact for that moment?” Read more and watch the video.
As a carriage driver, your voice is a critical aid in your communication with your horse. It’s as important as the rider’s seat. It helps to translate your rein and whip aids into action. Of course, the use of verbal aids can go in a lot of directions. Too much, and your horse is likely […]
What do you do if you’re on a runaway carriage with your pony or horse? Stay calm, look ahead (so you don’t hit anything), then re-establish communication with your horse. That last part requires a leap of faith. Learn more by watching the video. You might want to watch it with captions on, though. There […]
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 Live video I recorded on Feb. 7th, 2019. […]
Driving corners and turns in a dressage test shouldn’t be that difficult, but it’s the one place that people most often get it wrong. They either drive so far from the corner that they bearly use the ring, or they bury their poor ponies in the corner. Unfortunately, there’s no guidance in the rulebook other than […]
The strategy behind driving a serpentine obstacle on a carriage driving cones course is all about staying one step ahead of the turn. It’s quite different than a serpentine in driven dressage. The trick is to stay as close to the centerline of the series of cones as possible. Take a look at this video to learn more about how to drive this obstacle.