Communication With Your Horse


Horse Bits and Bitting Extension Webcast this Month

September 03, 2009

A free Webcast on bits and bitting will be presented later this month through My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest. Holly Spooner, PhD, assistant professor and equine Extension specialist at West Virginia University, will discuss factors... Read More


Human Injuries Related to Horses Analyzed

July 05, 2009

The American Horse Council's 2005 report "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States" documents that more than 2 million horse owners are involved in a variety of activities. Millions more people ride horses every year or handle... Read More


Hippotherapy Evaluation Aided by Technology, Report Says

June 25, 2009

The ability to measure changes in pressure values at the points of contact between a rider and a horse is anticipated to be an important tool in advancing the quality of hippotherapy, say researchers from Eastern Europe.... Read More


NARHA Celebrates 40 Years of Therapeutic Riding

March 26, 2009

Since 1969, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has provided equine assisted activity and therapy programs in the United States and Canada through its network of nearly 800 member centers. Each year, dozens of new... Read More


Healthy Horses Workshop: The Language of Gold

June 20, 2008

During the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, one day is set aside for horse owners in the area to listen to experts in the field lecture and demonstrate on specific aspects involved in the overall wellness,... Read More


Equestrian Longevity (Book Excerpt)

November 06, 2007

Regardless of your age, it's never too late to start making changes that will impact your life in positive ways. It is never too late to take the first step toward a future filled with horses, happiness, and good health.... Read More


Understanding Horses Part 11: Diagnose the Problem Before Trying to Fix It

November 01, 2007

There are many people looking for answers for their horses' problems. I've been talking to more and more people, and they all think they have different problems, but generally, horse problems boil down to one of four things: ground manners, under... Read More


Training Your Horse for Procedures--And Everything Else

July 21, 2007

"It is our responsibility to have the horse so well trained that we can do whatever we need to do without a problem," he stated. "Our horse does not have the right to hurt anyone. It's not because the vet smells funny that a horse hurts him... Read More


Understanding Horses Part 4: An Epic Day

April 01, 2007

People are shocked that I give my horses treats. I tell them there's a big difference in giving your horse treats, and him demanding treats. My horses don't demand treats. I don't show them treats before I catch them. Consider my horse Epic. I give... Read More


Horse Management and Care

March 23, 2007

Management topics at the 2006 AAEP Convention included numerous tips for keeping older horses healthy.... Read More


Understanding Horses: Basics #2 and #3

March 01, 2007

Last month we started talking about the three things every horse needs to know to make his rider happy. My hero, champion reining horse owner and trainer Dick Pieper, told me I had been making the training of my horses way too complicated. "You... Read More


Riding the Better Side of Bucking

June 07, 2006

Bucking is a misunderstood horse activity. Most people look at bucking as an ornery habit, something the horse does when he's trying to get out of work. Or when he just doesn't feel like cooperating at that moment for some reason or another.... Read More


Communicating With Horses

April 12, 2006

To work with horses successfully, we must be able to communicate adequately with voice, touch, and body language. The horseman must be sensitive and sympathetic, with an intuitive feel for what is right for that particular horse at that... Read More


The Therapy Horse: An Integral Player

March 01, 2006

Therapeutic riding is for people of all ages with various disabilities, and it has become very popular. For horses, however, the invitation is much more re-stricted. There are specialized expectations of a horse used in therapeutic riding. If... Read More


Tips On Natural Horsemanship

April 01, 2005

Training has come a long way since the days when the term "breaking a horse" could have very well meant just that. Everything from sacking out, a process by which a horse is tied and hobbled before being pummeled with empty burlap bags meant to... Read More


Bits: Pain in the Mouth

February 01, 2005

The bit is a tool of communication, not of punishment. That, says Dwight Bennett, DVM, PhD, professor emeritus at Colorado State University, is the most important thing any horse owner can understand about bits. If a bit is causing pain or discomfort... Read More


Practical and Safe Horse Handling

October 12, 2004

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from Chapter 3 of Care & Management of Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. The book is available from Read More


Hidden Treasure: Retraining Racehorses

July 01, 2004

"A prize in every box." While that phrase refers to the little toy one finds in a box of Cracker Jacks, adopting a former racehorse is not so different: You're not quite sure what you'll get, but often the experience is fun and the horse can be ... Read More


Smart Horse: Understanding the Science of Natural Horsemanship

April 02, 2004


When we say that a horse has learned something, we are really saying that we have increased the likelihood that he will perform a particular action in response to a particular stimulus.... Read More


Indications of Trust

November 01, 2003

Trust is an important part of any partnership, whether between two people or between an animal and a human. There has been much talk about the revival of natural horsemanship. Honestly, it's not a revival; it's a concept new to many people today... Read More


Challenges of Assessing Pain

May 01, 2003

Because of its subjective and complex nature, the severity of a horse's pain is very difficult to assess. Recently, a comprehensive review was published by the University of Minnesota outlining the definitions of the types of pain and the... Read More


Pat Parelli: Anvil Side Manner

April 14, 2003

"For seven years in a row, I've been voted the world's worst shoer," joked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky., to begin a discussion on "Anvil Side Manner."... Read More


Pat Parelli on Shoeing Difficult Horses

April 03, 2003

"Usually you shoe horses that are against you, right?" asked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky. "You're on opposite teams. And when push comes to shove, the horse... Read More


It's In the Attitude

July 01, 2002

Man has been linked to the horse for centuries, but often in the past, it was more of an adversary relationship than a partnership. In recent years, that has changed for many horse owners. Thanks to the efforts of equine behaviorists at the... Read More


Naturally Parelli

May 01, 2002

Like most people (including more than 90% of our readers), I use a computer. I can turn it on, perform tasks pertinent to my job, look things up on the Internet, print in various fonts and sizes, and accomplish my assigned tasks with little... Read More