WARHorses ADVICE

Space for Improved Training

If my horse, Corazon, wore a Fitbit, or other daily activity tracker that have become popular devices for people aiming to more active lifestyles, I [...]

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |0 Comments

Its All in Your Hips

If riding were easy it wouldn’t be an Olympic sport.  Two brains, two personalities, a million moving parts, and gravity – where do you begin [...]

June 28th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Gallop to Better Training

Here we go galloping - gulp. I tried to work up the nerve to let the reins out another inch or two as we cantered [...]

June 8th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , |0 Comments

Our Horses Sometimes Send Us On Unexpected Paths

Written by Alice MacGillivray, PhD. In my work world, managers often believe you can plan everything.  And if things don’t go as planned, then you [...]

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

WARHorses Easy Guide to Choosing the Right Colors for You and Your Horse

"I told you to get me a Hunter Green blanket!" When your horse disapproves of your color choice, you’ll know it. Choosing [...]

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , |1 Comment

Here We Grow Again

It never gets old. Maybe it owes to some obsessive wiring I have, but I could find satisfaction schooling shoulder-in every day. The finesse and [...]

May 8th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , |0 Comments

You Can Improve Your Riding While NOT Riding

When you have learned off your horse how your hips and mid-section coordinate you transfer this learning, this improvement, right into the saddle. Do [...]

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Sandwich Lope

When Western Dressage first established itself, we instructors struggled to describe the requirements of a “working lope” clearly enough for students. We wanted to be [...]

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Walking Ground Poles

Modern science explains something the old school masters already knew For years, they sat on one end of our indoor arena—five ground poles anchored [...]

March 14th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

How to Find the Perfect Horse

Professionial trainer, Jec Ballou found her perfect horse in a horse that isn’t perfect. What is the perfect horse? We trainers should have the [...]

February 16th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Video Tips from Jec Ballou

Each month, Jec Ballou provides WARHorses with simple, fun advice and exercises to developed improved performance and riding enjoyment with our horses. Between posts, Jec [...]

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Cross Training Fitness Test for Your Horse

Jec outlines a basic test that will help you gauge your working horse’s fitness level for the New Year. Get in the habit of [...]

January 5th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Herd Dynamics Heard Loud & Clear

Alice MacGillivray, PhD, is author of “Riding Horseback in Purple” written for “women of age” who maybe considering horse ownership – first timers and re-riders [...]

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Herd Dynamics Heard Loud & Clear

Horse Treats 101 – Good Choices for Your Good Horse

This past Sunday I worked in the yard. I mowed, weeded, transplanted bee balm, cleaned the barn, scoured the water tub and brushed the horses. [...]

June 14th, 2017|Categories: Advice|Tags: , |Comments Off on Horse Treats 101 – Good Choices for Your Good Horse