• Biomechanics,  Tack & Equipment,  Training

    The Benefit of Using Bits | The Hyoid Connection

    A well-trained horse with a skilled rider can often perform some of the most complex movements without saddle or bridle, their skill surpassing any need for specific equipment. Riders like Alizée Froment demonstrate exactly this – that communication depends on the skill of horse and rider much more than on any specific tools. And with increasing interest in bitless riding…

  • Dressage Horse with Double Bridle
    Tack & Equipment,  Training

    Do I Need a Noseband? On the Purpose of Nosebands.

    Growing up riding in the hunters and jumpers, I remember looking at western bridles and thinking, “Where’s the noseband?” and “How can people ride without a noseband??” Having always used bridles where the noseband was an integral part, I couldn’t understand how or why people would do without them – although I didn’t even really know why I used them.…

  • Leadership with Horses | Alexander and Bucephalus, drawn by Victor Adam
    Leadership,  Training

    Leading Horses From the Inside Out

    Many people have different ideas about what our relationship with horses should look like. While some horse people still advocate for “being the boss” and establishing dominance, others have shifted away from this idea, and aim to act more as a friend rather than a boss, building trust through soft and sensitive requests. There are interesting merits and limitations to…

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