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 … [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 … [Read more...]

From Moshi

There is a lot of water around here, where we live. Lots of Jane's friends have boats. One day a couple of people walked by my stall, … [Read more...]

The Free Walk

Free Walk

What is the free walk? The free walk is a gait of relaxation. What should it look like? * Your horse should lengthen his … [Read more...]

Keep Fear in Perspective

Recognize that fear is future thinking. So you can learn how to manage your fear by staying in the moment. To bring yourself back to … [Read more...]

From Indy

I found it! I found the ball I left in Florida last year! I had lost it in the deep grass right before we left for Vermont, and now I … [Read more...]

From Moshi

I'm a dreamer. People say I look "dreamy," but that's not what I'm talking about. I dream about things. I imagine winning a gold medal … [Read more...]

What Do Medium Trot and Canter Feel Like?

Here’s what you should feel in a medium trot and canter: 1. The SAME tempo as collection. (Although it might "feel" slower than the collected gaits because the strides are longer.) Try counting it out loud. 2. An uphill balance like an airplane taking off. The success of your medium gait totally depends on how much you collect and engage the hind legs on the short side. So give connecting aids and keep them on for most of the short side. Then just soften your hands a bit forward when you start the medium. During the connecting aids, you're coiling the spring of the hind legs and getting your horse "bubbling over" with compressed energy so he can express that power over the ground in the medium. To apply connecting aids, close both calves as if asking for a lengthening. Close your outside hand to recycle that power. Vibrate the inside rein to keep the neck straight. The connecting aids can last for a couple of seconds or even for the entire short side. If your horse goes wide behind in the trot, it shows a lack of engagement. Use a long set of connecting aids and also as an exercise, do the following: Ride a few steps of shoulder-in. Then do a few strides of medium. Then collect the trot after the medium by stepping back into shoulder-in. The shoulder-in engages the hind legs. Stepping into shoulder-in BEFORE he gets wide behind teaches him to keep the hind legs stepping under and not start pushing backwards. Stepping into shoulder-in to collect AFTER the medium insures that you don’t rely too much on your hands, which would stop the hind legs.

Here’s what you should feel in a medium trot and canter: The SAME tempo as collection. (Although it might "feel" slower than the … [Read more...]

From Moshi

We're all different. You know that already, right? I'm a cold blooded Friesian. My next-stall neighbor is a hot blooded Thoroughbred. … [Read more...]

From Indy

It's time to go to the pond! Or is it time to sleep? I'm not sure. My life is all about running and sleeping and playing and sleeping … [Read more...]