June 26, 2019

‘You don’t know what you don’t know’, this a wonderful expression. Sometimes we do things that hurt others because we simply don’t know. I did things that hurt horses for many years because I didn’t know. I believed what everyone told me, my teachers, my mentors, and f...

I sometimes hear the phrase, ‘It’s amazing that you ride bitless’. Then; your horses must be very quiet, you must be a great rider, you must be an experienced horse trainer and then; how do you stop your horse?, I could never do that my horse is way too hot/forward/fas...

November 1, 2018

Recently while doing a bitless presentation, I discovered that the main thing people wanted to know was how to transition to a bitless bridle. Over the 10 years I’ve been using cross-under bitless bridles, I’ve developed exercises that make the transition from riding w...

October 17, 2018

In most articles or books about horsemanship you’ll find a reference to timing. While many people are aware of the idea of effective timing the practise of it can be quite difficult to master. It’s one of those things that set the distance between a beginner and an exp...

April 1, 2018

I was recently talking with a lady who understood that animals are sentient and should be treated with respect and kindness. But even though she was clear about how animals should be treated she had trouble getting her head around the idea of riding with a bitless brid...

October 31, 2017

This is a great game to play with any horse that has a rusty ‘go button’. It develops forwardness in the horse, gets snappy responses to leg aids, builds horse and rider communication/relationship and develops the riders’ seat.

Horses that won’t go can seem ‘lazy’ when...

I was very fortunate when I changed all my horses from being ridden with a bit to a bitless bridle. Without exception they all took to the bitless bridle without a problem. At the time I just thought that was normal and everyone’s horses would be the same. Since then I...

March 1, 2017

Everyone’s looking for the happy place. This is where life is beautiful, there are no pressures on us and no stress, this is where we can relax and enjoy what the world has to offer. Horses also look for the happy place. When horses are in the happy place they can...

December 1, 2016

And now we make it to the final discussion on the rider’s body parts. So far the legs, hands, arms and head & neck have been covered. The torso is the part in the middle of all these and so is quite literally the central component of any rider. A well balanced, centred...

October 1, 2016

This has to be the number one question that people ask me, and it’s a good one. Horses are famous for being able to run fast, very fast, and when we sit on them we want to know we can stop them. Many people who ride horses are afraid and the number one fear they have i...