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ANATOMY & BIOMECHANICS

The Biomechanics of Balanced Riding
Back to Basics: To Bring the Head Down, You Must First Lift the Back

in trailBLAZER magazine


Riding and Training Articles

Explore ways to deepen your relationship with your horse, understand your horse's and your own body mechanics, and learn to appreciate the sublties of the horse/human partnership ...
     
General Topics   Longe Your Horse In Balance Series
  Ride Outside the Box
Trade That Artificial Frame for True Self-carriage
 
Longe Your Horse with Intention article  

Longe Your Horse With Intention
Time spent teaching a horse to correctly carry himself pays off in the long run

     
Beyond the Dominance Paradigm article   Beyond the Dominance Paradigm  
Build training techniques on cooperation instead of force
 
Learn to Longe Your Horse Part 1 Article  

Teach Your Horse to Longe From the Ground Up
Longeing in Balance Part 1: preparation for longing in correct posture

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  No Pain, All Gain
Meeting the Needs of Our Equine Teachers
 
 

Bending for Straightness
Longeing in Balance Part 2: Ground Exercises to Help Your Horse Hold a Circle

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  Tuning In to the Small Stuff
Makes All the Difference
 
 

Access the Elements of Self-Carriage
Longeing in Balance Part 3: More Ground Exercises to Help Your Horse Hold a Circle

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  For Better Balance, Forget About Your Horse's Headset
Focus on self-carriage and leave the head alone
 
  The Pendulum - Rock Back to Move Forward
Longeing in Balance Part 4: Teach your horse to load his hindquarters in preparation for forward motion
     
  Two for One: Free-Longe Your Horses in Pairs
Save time, vary your training program
 
  Longeing on a Short Line
Longeing In Balance Part 5: Build Straight Circles In Hand
The Bodywrap FOr Self-CArriage    
  Invite Your Horse Into Self-Carriage
The TTEAM Bodywrap
    Get in the Swing
Longeing In Balance Part 6: Waggle that Hindquarter to Engage the Engine
             
  Bodywrap Basics: The Figure-8 Wrap
How to put on a simple bodywrap
       
             
  More Ways to Encourage Self-Carriage With the Bodywrap
Customize the wrap to address specific posture & movement issues
       

Yoga for Your Horse
  Don't Sacrifice Suppleness for Strength
Yoga for Your Horse: Exercise 1
 
  Backing is Forward Motion in Reverse
Yoga for Your Horse: Exercise 2
     
  Teach Those Shoulders To Reach
Yoga for Your Horse: Exercise 3
   
     

True Horse Stories
Rehabbing horses and riders, told in series form
     
  The Diary of Prince Charming:
The Story of a Foundered Horse Rehabilitated to Soundness
 
  Doc's Life or Death Decision
The day-to-day account of a rehab horse facing an important deadline
     
  Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist
The lesson journal of Judith Tarr
       

Health and Wellbeing Articles
Bodywork, Rehab and Holistic Horse Care Information
     
  For Your Horse's Health: Detox and Tonic
Would adding herbs to your horse's health program be a benefit?
 
  Rehabbing or Reschooling?
Does your horse need rehab? Or is he a candidate for reschooling?
     
  What's in Your Barn First Aid Kit?
Assemble Your Traditional and Alternative Necessities
       

desert Horse Recommends
Book Reviews
     
  A Healthy Horse the Natural Way by Catherine Bird
 
  The Equine Psoas Manual
by Joanne A. Greenwood

     
  Equine Fitnesss
A Conditioning Program of Exercises & Routines for Your Horse
by Jec Aristotle Ballou
 
  Silver Dreams
by Sondra Rice Newman

Protect yourself from internet scams
Buyer, Seller and Donor Beware
     
  Horse Internet Scams
Steal Trust As Well As Money

Do you know about the most common horse-related internet scams?
 
 

Beware Internet-based Scams
Be careful when you sell horses, equipment and services online

     
  Horse Saviors or Scam Artists?
Is the horse rescue you're supporting really helping horses or is someone pocketing the profits?
       

Guest Authors
     
 

I Get So Mad Every Time My Horse ___________! 
How to transform your equine partner into a mount you can enjoy and appreciate every time you ride.

 
  Feet on the Ground: It’s All in the Balance
An excerpt from "Understanding Stallions Part II" by Kip Mistral
     
  Making Decisions Today ...
To More Calmly Face an Inevitable Future

Preparing for the death of an equine companion
    Why I Don't Do Natural Horsemanship Anymore
How a new training method took a toll on a novice rider and her horse
         
 

No Shoes, No Horse? Not Necessarily.
The realities of transitioning a shod horse to barefoot.


 
  Living With a Cribber
What happens when your beloved horse turns out to have a much maligned vice?
             
  The Black Diamond: Inspiration from Ranger
An essay about the magic of seeing beneath the surface
       
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