Archive for the ‘Horse Training’ Category

Horse Hoof Care Tips for Every Season

Did you know that your horse hoof care routine should vary based on the weather? Summer’s dry, sandy footing will require moisturizing hoof oil for horses, while spring’s wet and muddy conditions will have you reaching for a thrush treatment. When it comes to year-round hoof care, we’ve compiled everything you need to know for […]

Why Thinking in the Present (Like Your Horse) Matters 

  There’s a truth about horses and how they exist in the world that most of us know, but don’t really understand. It’s a simple idea that we’ve heard but often aren’t sure what to do with in our daily training. And that is, horses think and exist in the present. They think and exist […]

The Art and Science of Shoeing Horses

Should a horse be barefoot or shod? What is the role of science and research in shoeing horses, both now and in the future? Farrier Pat Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services and Director of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, shares his insights on these topics and more in the second […]

One Exercise I Return to Frequently When Developing the Canter

#MasterclassMonday is a collaboration between Horse Network and NOELLEFLOYD.com to empower equestrians. Every Monday we’ll bring you a new lesson from a leading trainer to help you troubleshoot your training, master your mindset and up your game. This month’s featured rider: Karl Cook teaches strategic riding. Welcome back! Last week, we discussed why the canter needs […]

5 Spring Horse Hoof Care Tips

Spring is a beautiful time of year. The first crocuses of the year are poking their bright green heads out of the ground. The sounds of robins fill the air and everything begins to turn lush again after a long, dreary winter. Unfortunately, when it comes to horse hoof care, spring isn’t all good things. […]

Why We Measure Horses in Hands

Hands! This, once again, is one of the many peculiar terms found in the horse world. I always thought King Henry VIII was the one to blame for this curious method for measuring the height of a horse, but as often is the case, I was wrong. But I’ll get to that. Anthropic units—that is, […]

The Real Tragedy Of Medina Spirit’s Derby DQ

Like the athletes who competed in the recent Winter Olympics, Thoroughbred racehorses train all their competitive lives to participate in a sport that can mirror a full life in brief minutes. There is the single-minded daily grind of training that hones not only the body, but also the spirit. Years of preparation can culminate in joy or […]

 Let’s Dispel the Myth of the “Perfect Position”

#MasterclassMonday is a collaboration between Horse Network and NOELLEFLOYD.com to empower equestrians. Every Monday we’ll bring you a new lesson from a leading trainer to help you troubleshoot your training, master your mindset and up your game. This month’s featured rider: Karl Cook teaches strategic riding. In the United States, we have a very strong emphasis […]

Why the Canter Probably Needs to Be a Bigger Focus in Your Training

For the next four weeks, I’m going to give you a peek into my Equestrian Masterclass on Strategic Riding. If you’re a rider who does any type of jumping, one of the biggest areas of development, which is not always emphasized strongly enough, is developing an athletic, engaged, connected canter. Let me explain. There’s no […]

Wilbur-Cruce Horses: The Biggest Secret in Ranching

Heidi Collings grew up with horses, but she was blown away by her first encounter with the Wilbur-Cruce, the only pure breed of rancher horse descended from Spanish colonial times. In 1995, a friend brought an untrained colt to her Arizona ranch. Collings threw a saddle on him, his first. An hour later, he was […]

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