From Moshi

July 12, 2016 by      0 Comments


There are strong leaders, passive leaders, dictators, feckless guides, and bullies. What kind of leader are you? Horses appreciate a good leader. We may challenge you now and then, but we hope you're strong enough to stand up to our testing. There are very few of us who really want to be the leader. We want YOU to lead and be in charge of … Read more »

From Indy

July 12, 2016 by      0 Comments


I have big teeth and strong jaws. I could tear a person apart if I wanted to. But I would never do that. Why? Because I also have a big, loving heart. I would never hurt my people. We're a pack. We are family. Being a predator, I have a different kind of mind from Moshi. Jane and Rhett are predators, too. That's one of the reasons dogs and … Read more »

From Moshi

June 28, 2016 by      0 Comments


I ran into an old friend at a horse show last week. He was showing at fourth level and was struggling with consistent, clean flying lead changes. He was embarrassed about it but asked for advice anyway. I was flattered that he'd ask me for help. I explained that timing was everything in lead changes and in life. The key was making sure he … Read more »

From Indy

June 28, 2016 by      0 Comments


Dogs and cats aren't supposed to get along. I suppose in the wild we'd be competing for food, and that might make us enemies. But I love cats. Some of my best friends are cats. My dog friend Stubbs, told me I was stupid for liking cats. That really hurt my feelings. For a couple of days I stopped saying "Hi" to the barn kitties, trying to be … Read more »

2 Simple Tips To Help You Stay on a Bucking Horse

June 21, 2016 by      1 Comments


The most important thing to know when you find yourself riding a horse with a sudden desire to kick his heels up is that there are two main rules that will help keep you safe: RULE #1: Heads Up! Both of you: horse and rider. When your head and eyes go down so will your upper body, and you’ll find yourself just where you were looking—on the … Read more »

How To Help The Horse That “Rolls Over” The Bit

June 21, 2016 by      4 Comments


If your horse gets too far behind the vertical, he ends up in a position that I call “rolled over the bit”. In that position, he physically can’t shift the parallelogram of his body. He won’t be able to bring his hind legs underneath his body and come up in front. So, you’ll have to help him by placing the bit out in front of him. To help him, … Read more »

From Moshi

June 7, 2016 by      0 Comments


When is someone old? There's an idea out there that, for humans, "old" is fifteen years older than you are. For horses, it's five years older. I'm fifteen, so "old" to me is twenty. To a fifteen year old human, 30 would seem old. A long time ago people used to die of "old age" in their 40's. Back then, old people were honored as wise and … Read more »

From Indy

June 7, 2016 by      0 Comments


Being a dog is great. I'm three years old now, and I'm a very happy dog. People say that Moshi is the wise one, but I've learned a whole lot in my short three years. And that includes the secrets to being happy. Would you like to know what those secrets are? Here you go: 1. Bunnies. You can't be anything but happy when you're chasing bunnies. … Read more »

See Training Challenges as Opportunities

May 25, 2016 by      6 Comments


Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed or frustrated when you’re struggling to develop a particular skill or teaching your horse a new movement. Since it’s easier not to take responsibility for what’s going wrong, the negativity gets directed at your horse. Your refrain becomes, “Why does he hollow his back and stick his head straight up in … Read more »

How Do I Get My Horse To “Go”?

May 25, 2016 by      12 Comments


When teaching your horse to “go”, focus on two aspects of “thinking forward.” 1. Taking responsibility for his own energy 2. Reacting to light aids Responsibility The first thing you need to do is teach your horse to take responsibility for his energy. It’s not your job to keep him going by “legging him”, spurring him, clucking … Read more »