Games to engage your horse’s curiosity

It continues to be really cold here, which means I need to use my imagination to find things for my horses to to do. Engaging curiosity through games in which your horse is likely to succeed is a great way to introduce new behaviors.

In this vlog, I show how I teach young horses like Sniper (aka Reloaded) to spanish walk using a step block.

I also got some new toys to play with, to expose my horses to new sounds and colors.

This year I plan to make my arena different every day, as a way of building confidence and preparing my horses for changing environments. Sniper in particular can get really distracted, so using these new objects to play games was really helpful in getting him to focus. Pressure and release combined with positive reinforcement is the number one strategy I use in this kind of training.

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Ten Top Videos from 2017 You May Have Missed

In 2017, I uploaded more than 100 videos that add up to over 1,500 minutes of content. That’s a lot. Looking back over the past year, its fun to see which videos earned the most attention. Check out my top ten most-watched videos of 2017. Any surprises? Do you have a video that didn’t make the list? Let me know in the comments below. Continue reading “Ten Top Videos from 2017 You May Have Missed”

My Feeding Program

In this week’s vlog, I have some fun with my 2016 Retired Racehorse Project Horse Henri (who earned 2nd in the Eventing division). It’s really important to play with your horse. It builds relationship, and helps you to identify and nurture natural strengths.

In the feed room, I discuss how I use feeds from Buckeye Nutrition to tailor feeding programs to meet the specific needs of each individual horse. I don’t typically use a lot of supplements, but I have recently started using Hypona MagVet (http://www.hypona.com/magvet.html) to address a magnesium deficiency that we discovered in Simply Priceless after Badminton. Both highly bio available and palatable, I’ve seen tremendous results with this magnesium supplement, and am delighted to add Hypona to my list of amazing sponsors.

I’m off to the Jump Start Horse Trials this weekend for a final outing with my current Retired Racehorse Project horses, Vindicated and Fly With Me, before the Thoroughbred Makeover, which is now just two weeks away!

Sharp Decision

I pick up a talented off the track thoroughbred, owned by Michelle Chisholm. Sharp Decision will spend some time at the farm being a horse this year. I look forward to working with him for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover.

I use Wisdom Panel to do some genetic testing on my aging dog, Poohie. Can’t wait to finally learn what she is!