Volume 3 Issue 3 - 2001
host farm for the four-day Equine Touch seminar in March, we were
very lucky and honored to have close interaction with Jock and Ivana.
What was more of a privilege was to have many of our horses used
as practice animals for students in both Beginner and Advanced sessions.
We found out that ALL of our horses showed marked improvement when
they returned to their usual under-saddle routine, no matter if
they were in the low or advanced levels of training.
Your Horse Needs Proper
is probably the single most important management practice we provide
for our horses. Properly done it can prolong their useful life,
dramatically improve performance, improve many body functions, prevent
disease, and have a greater effect on the horse's quality of life
than any other care we give them. Mouth problems and poorly done
dentistry cause more pain, more lameness, and neurological imbalance
than any other illness, injury, or poor management practice,"
says Judith M. Shoemaker, D.V.M. She thinks that more than half
of horses' performance problems may be related to or exacerbated
by dental problems...
Disengaging the Hindquarters
It's very important to teach your horse to have
a soft and responsive disengagement for several reasons.
Proper Breathing Creates
the Foundation for Riding From the Inside Out: Tai Chi for Equestrians
with James Shaw
"Head up!" "Heels down!" "Shoulders back!" "Drop your hands!" "Don't look down!" "Relax!" Your trainer's words ring in your head as you strive to perfect your form. Yet somehow the harder you try, the more tense you feel. Make no mistake, your horse feels the tension, too, and it hinders his freedom of movement.