Training

Training is an essential part of owning horses. Whether it be training them under saddle or teaching them manners on the ground, there will be things you have to teach them. Here you can find everything training related from new ideas to tried and tested methods.

Scottie going over the poles, example of chestnut coat genetics.

As humans, we are guilty of treating our horses (and other animals) like people. But when it comes to training animals, this isn’t helpful. This topic has spiralled on social media recently on the back of a post about loading stubborn horses and the horse who “plays dead” to get…

Paris Dixie, do foodies perform better

When I was visiting Paris Dixie last week one of the men who help buy and manage the horses said something along the lines of “the horses who enjoy their food and put on weight tend to be the better horses.” I thought this was very interesting as thoroughbreds have…

scottie doing dressage canter photo

Nearly every week I see posts on social media where people are having trouble with their horses canter. While there are many factors which could cause a horse to have issues in canter, a common cause is lack of balance and strength. So in this post I will cover what…

target training Scottie

Scottie is now in his last week of rest before we have another look at him and come up with a plan. But while scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday I stumbled across a few Clicker Training posts with horses. These posts were teaching their horses various tricks. Mental Workout…

Autumn day on my favourite ride. Between the ears shot.

My favourite ride to take Scottie on is simple but, depending on the time of year, can change the ride quite a bit. It can be anything from a 20-30min ride to over an hour, depending on how fast we go and if we cut any corners! The ride starts…

scottie demonstrating my favorite polework exercise, top posts

Yesterday we made the most of the bank holiday and having a helper on the ground to set up one of my favourite polework exercises. I have written about this polework exercise before but I think it is fantastic as it can be used in walk, trot and canter by…