Putting Effort Into Relaxation

  1. Condition your horses on all different kinds of footing.
  2. Cold winter days are the perfect time to plan for the upcoming season.
  3. Bits and Biting
  4. When learning new things, take baby steps.
  5. Cross training is great for horses of all disciplines.
  6. The Dump and Run
  7. Got pesky skin fungus or rain rot?
  8. Time to get organized!
  9. My horse won’t drink. What should I do?
  10. Like braiding sprays but hate the cost?
  11. Take good care of your trailer and it will take good care of you.
  12. 15-minute sessions with your horse from Perfect Partners Equine
  13. How to fill your hay net the easy way.
  14. Stay positive
  15. Putting Effort Into Relaxation
  16. Does your horse get anxious about jumping?
  17. Be Sure to Smile and Breathe When You Ride.
  18. Travel With an Extra Set of Horse Shoes
  19. Warm-up Strategy for Excitable Horses
  20. Sunscreen Isn’t Just for People.
  21. Hoof packing tricks of the trade.
  22. Expand your horizons.
  23. Save money by cleaning your own blankets.
  24. Keeping skin disease away.
  25. Make your own brush jump
  26. Whoa means whoa and go means go!
  27. Quick and easy manure stain remover.
  28. Nutrition matters!
  29. Do-it-yourself tire changing.
  30. Hey, wait for me!
  31. Do you have a horse that is struggling with skin issues or even thrush?
  32. Keep a journal of what you have learned
  33. Need a dressage arena to practice in but you are on a budget? Make your own.
  34. Seek out a new perspective once in a while
  35. How to shim a half pad with a yoga mat
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By Joe and Penny Most, equine clinicians and owners of Perfect Partners Equine

All of the maneuvers we ask our horses to perform originated with either war horses or ranch horses. These movements were purpose driven. We continue to see evidence of them today in dressage horses, cutting horses, trail horses and all horses in between.

The most important aspect common to all these movements is speed control, or in other words, having an equal amount of go and whoa. When training, if we change our approach and make the horse responsible for the stop, more so than for the go, we can change how they respond to being ridden.

Instead of containing our horse by constantly pulling on the reins, we can begin to find a much softer contact. You can do this by allowing your horses to rest after they stop. The rest period should be longer then the period they spent going forward. Do this until the horse begins to “hunt the stop” and relax. Relax is the key word. When they find relaxation in the stop, they will put more effort into stopping.

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About Perfect Partners Equine:

Perfect Partners Equine, established by Joe and Penny Most, offers trail horse clinics, obstacle challenges, and equine vacations for trail riders. Joe and Penny have over 30 years of experience in equine activities such as recreational riding, showing, training, breeding, and long-distance hauling. They bring a wide variety of expertise to the riders who participate in their programs, and they share habits and skills that help riders better understand and communicate with their horses. To join Perfect Partners Equine on one of their many equine clinics, excursions or trail horse retreats, visit perfectpartnersequine.com or email perfectpartnersequine@yahoo.com or call Penny Most at 336-403-1508.

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