Ex-Racehorse/OTTB

3 Keys To More Consistent Contact

3 Keys To More Consistent Contact

Contact can often look effortless for some horses and riders. And yet, for many other riders, consistent contact can seem like an enigma. Any efforts at consistency tend to lead to heaviness. Or a complete lack of any contact!  So where is this fine line between consistent, quality contact and washing lines? In order to develop contact with your horse,…

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Strategically Using Your Time when Training or Retraining Your Horse

Strategically Using Your Time when Training or Retraining Your Horse

Why is it that, as equestrians, we often want to immediately have what we see others with?  And I’m not just talking about saddles, boots, and gloves… But the actual ‘horse’, exercises, movements, training, and level of performance.  We ‘know’ that time is required, but gosh, time can mean a lot of things to a lot of different riders! When…

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Setting Boundaries that Work with Your OTTB

Setting Boundaries that Work with Your OTTB

It can seem like a strange topic for many OTTB riders and owners. One that, initially, may not seem all that important.  And yet, for many OTTBs, the lack of boundaries is the number one frustration.  And, it is something that can eventually undermine the whole relationship between horse and rider. Setting boundaries requires that both you and your horse…

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4 Things You MUST Re-Train with Your Retired Racehorse OTTB

4 Things You MUST Re-Train with Your Retired Racehorse OTTB

Ex-racehorse, a retired racehorse, OTTB; so many different names for a thoroughbred that has now begun their second (or third) career.  They are one of the most versatile breeds and, sadly, often one of the most misunderstood. I believe that there are 4 basic principles that you must work with your retired racehorse on, in order to set a foundation…

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