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Liberty: What's the Point?

A while back I was emailed a thought-provoking question:  “Hi Glenn and Dixie:  I have a question for Glenn, being “Why does his program include liberty? Or should I rephrase that to state…should we really be doing any liberty outside of a round pen?  Outside of the round pen are we just making our horses annoyed with us and doing it because we think it’s cool…is there a benefit to our horses, or is the only benefit to us humans; being our egos and the WOW factor? 

The Supple & Rounded Horse - Part 2

Last month I spoke of what I think Supple and Rounded is: a horse that is mentally, emotionally and physically balanced.  Suppleness comes before roundness in the order of preparation. The suppleness is soft, bendable and maneuverable. The roundness is a way a horse carries itself, a shape and muscling developed over time. Everything we do from day one and everyday on the ground or on their back should be working towards becoming more supple and round, and that there is a multitude of exercises or things to do and look for to help a horse become this way.

The Supple & Rounded Horse - Part 1

Recently we asked people to Facebook or email us some topics or questions they would be interested in having me write about. Thanks to everyone for the many thought provoking ideas that were sent in.

One of the questions was: “What is or how do you achieve roundness and/or suppleness?” I can only speak from my own experience and views on any of these topics. The biggest thing we can do for ourselves towards this goal is to truly understand the concept of what it is and the ingredients involved.

Don't Boil Your Horse

If you have been around the horse world you may have heard the saying: “Give the horse time to soak.” It means giving a horse time to think about what just happened, the time to digest something they are learning. It’s a very good practice and will really speed up the amount of things a horse can learn and shorten the time it takes to learn them. “Soaking” is allowing the horse time to relax and think, it may be standing still or walking quietly along. It is a time when nothing is being asked of the horse.

7 Elements in the Saddle

Whenever I’m playing with my horses I try and be very conscious of what is working and what isn’t. Or what is working a little and what is working a lot. It is easiest for the horse and the human both to break everything down into understandable, trainable portions. Separate the individual elements get each working a little, and then a lot, so we can start putting them together.  In this case, I’m referring to what I call the 7 Elements, these are what we need to have working to move the horse or parts of the horse, separately at first and then many times together and at different speeds and gaits.