Welcome to the Training Corner.
These articles can be useful
tools to help enable you to better prepare your horse. The attention
I pay to details and my observations of the subtleties my horse
sends to me have dramatically helped me become a better rider,
"leader." I encourage you to search for the "small
things" that are "big" to your horse, then learn
how to incorporate this understanding into how you prepare your
Preparing the Endurance
Horse was written
as a handout for riders and spectators, when I was one of a group
of presenters at a clinic for beginning endurance riders. Shortly
thereafter, I wrote another group of concepts called Keep
It Simple followed by Gentle to Ride. Although
the horses described in these articles became endurance horses,
the concepts, techniques and situations can be applied to any
Before writing the above articles,
I first wrote a training log which I called Preparing Tempestad.
When I started riding her, a then three year old, I was encountering
wrong answers including poor foot control which led to breaking
gait and a failure to guide. I felt my experiences were common
to many riders, so I began making log entries each time a new
situation presented itself and documented how I addressed it.
Those basic entries led me to create the other articles.
How can you benefit from these articles? To gain maximally, begin
by reading each one fully, then after 2 or 3 days, reread them
in smaller segments. As you revisit the article, you may begin
to gain an understanding of the concepts and methods presented
and how to apply them. If you like the concepts and approaches
I use, it will take steady practice until they become internalized.
Then, you will be able to respond immediately, to any wrong answer
from the horse, with the correct technique.
As you prepare your horse, take
time, have patience, make steady progress and enjoy the journey.
Keep Ridin', Eric