Language of the Lunge

From the perspective of the horse, far more often than not, the horse who “doesn’t lunge” is doing exactly what he or she believes they are being asked to do. This happens because a horse reads our impulsive message, or

Language of Long Lining

I teach many of my students long lining because it helps them understand and feel the concept of how to have a horse ‘in-hand’.

Staying Level

There are four basic shapes or ‘top lines’ of its neck and head that a horse can use to express itself. High-headed while inverted, low-headed, level-head- ed and high-headed while ‘rounded.’ High-headed and inverted (or ‘hollow’) causes the most problems,

Proper Alignment and Balance

Proper alignment and balance are key training concepts, without which it is impossible to produce the rounded frame necessary to compete successfully.

Giving Up Control to Gain Control

Almost all of the riders reacted to the horses who pushed through their inside legs by doing one of two things – they either simply ignored the horse’s little quirk or they madly spurred or used the whip to the

Re-Training Thoroughbreds

Wherever I go, at almost every clinic, I find a rider or two struggling with a Thoroughbred “off-the-track.” Despite their incredible heart and athletic ability, Thoroughbreds from the track are notorious for being unpredictable and volatile.

Training Horses to Drive

Chris on considerations prior to teaching a horse to drive.

E.A.P.ed Off! by chris irwin

The goal in equine assisted therapy is to use interactive exercises, or “games” with horses as an innovative form of experiential therapy or personal development for people from a wide range of situations and backgrounds. From troubled teens, to family

The Buck Stops Where?

A letter of appeal to Equine Canada from Chris Irwin

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