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Put your Horse in Front of your Leg

Make sure your horse reacts to light leg aids. Your goal is to “whisper” with your aids and have your horse “shout” his response—Not the other way around! To check that your horse reacts to light leg aids: Close both legs and see if he immediately responds with a surge from behind as if he’s going to do a lengthening. If he doesn’t, … Read More >

Breathe Through Fear

Breathe

When you’re afraid, your breathing becomes rapid and shallow, and you might even find that you hold your breath. You can be sure that if you do this, you’ll transfer your tension to your horse. Deep breathing is one of the best and simplest fear busters you can use. Practice deep breathing by doing the following: As you inhale through your nose, … Read More >

From Indy

Indy

I once heard Rhett say, "If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will take care of themselves." My "job" in the Savoie family may not be as big or as complicated as Jane's or Rhett's, but my job is important just the same. Here's my job description: Be happy. Be happier. Share my joy with others by being happy. Remind Jane … Read More >

From Moshi

From Moshi

Lots of people talk to their horses, but not many actually listen in return. Have you noticed that? I have a way I talk to my farrier. When the leg I'm standing on gets tired, I asked him to give back the one he's hold up. I tug the foot a little bit against his hands to let him know. He's smart enough to listen to me, and he gives me my leg so … Read More >