Horse Training

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Equus Nexus giving Thoroughbreds the best chance for life

I recently had an opportunity to catch up with Mike Lawrence, founder of Equus Nexus, while he was starting a young racehorse of mine. Equus Nexus has several beautiful retired Thoroughbred racehorses and warmblood horses, in various stages of training. My interest was the retraining of Thoroughbred racehorse project thatRead More →

Two girls with their horses. Looking calm. The window of tolerance

The window of tolerance. It’s a mild summer evening after work and you are swinging along in the arena practicing your dressage test for next weekend. Rhythm is good and your horse seems to be taking weight evenly on all four legs. It feels like the perfect time to headRead More →

Kate Fenner riding her horse within the engagement bubble. The confident horse. Riding confidence and online horse training

Online horse training. With the current global crisis, what we, as horse lovers and riders need today more than ever before, is community and connection. The Kandoo Community is a group of like-minded, supportive horse owners and riders who would love to welcome you to their tribe. Founder, Kate Fenner,Read More →

Alistair McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, documents the re-training of Ideal Guy, a Standardbred harness racehorse. The Training Principles

The Standardbred’s Track-to-Hack Journey Part 10 (Final): The Training Principles Welcome to the last article in the Unharnessed Potential series, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career.  Throughout this series, Alistair McLean has documented the entire re-trainingRead More →

Alistair McLean main trainer at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, re-trained Andy, a Standardbred harness racehorse from track to hack

Welcome to Part 9 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career. The previous article marked the completion of Andy’s re-training, according to the shaping scale he reached ‘proof level’  which is testingRead More →

Alistair McLean explains how to retrain the Standardbred racehorse for a second career off the track. The first outing.

The First Outing. Welcome to Part 8 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career. In the previous training article, Alistair explained introducing and training the lateral movements. This month, Andy is readyRead More →

Standardbred Track to Hack Series Part 7 Training the Lateral Movements

Training the Lateral Movements Welcome to Part 7 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career.  In the previous training article, Alistair explained some exercises to refine the canter response and the introductionRead More →