Horse Training Articles

Top 10 Essential Oils for Horses

August 21, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Kristina Ellis, with The Oiled Equestrian, uses Essential Oils for and on herself and her horses. Read about my Q& A with her here. These are the Top 10 oils Kristina recommends for horse owners to have on hand. 1. Balance: Balance is DoTERRA’s Grounding blend. I like to use this oil before each training […]


Q&A with Kristina Ellis about Essential Oils

August 19, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Kristina Ellis is a DoTERRA Wellness Advocate who uses essential oils on her horses. Visit her website The Oiled Equestrian to learn more, click the link for Kristina’s Intro to Essential Oils for the Horse & Rider Class or follow her on her educational Facebook page at The Oiled Equestrian. What brand of oils do you use? I […]


Smoother Trailer Unloading

August 17, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Some horses are hesitant, slow, and clunky when stepping out of the trailer backwards, while other horses refuse to back out entirely. We prefer that our horses back out of the trailer. They tend to be in more control when backing and it prevents slipping of the front legs when hitting the ground, and slipping […]


The Curse of Expectations

August 11, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I swear to you, in my case anyway, expectations can drive a horse away from you. At least they’ve done that with my horse, Dino. For years, I’ve struggled to get him interested and wanting to be with me.  He’s by far my favorite mount — the most comfortable horse on the entire planet to […]


Just Listen

August 4, 2017
Jolyn Young

When working with horses, most people emphasize the importance of using our eyesight. We look for our horse to lower his head. We observe our horse’s behavior around other horses to learn if he is assertive or passive. We watch for cues like cocking a hind leg and flattening his ears to indicate he’s about […]


Hobbles: Who, What, Where, When, Why or Why Not?

July 27, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I had some interesting feedback from a few of our readers with regards to hobbling horses. This leads me to write about the who, what, where, when, why or why not, when it comes to using hobbles. In the previous article, I shared this thought: Also, I will not recommend, or tell you, EVER, that […]


Motivational Quotes For Horse People

July 22, 2017
Jolyn Young

Sometimes, a person gets stuck in a rut when working with his or her horse. When your horsemanship (or just your state of mind regarding your horsemanship) is down in the dumps, it’s helpful to pump yourself up with a few motivational quotes. Here are some of my favorite lines to get stuck in my […]


Helping a Head-Shy Horse

July 20, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Meet Leroy. Leroy is head-shy, and in particular, ear-shy. He is the type of horse that isn’t crazy about human contact, but isn’t aggressive. This has more to do with his personality than anything in his past, to my knowledge and based on watching him. Leroy, as you can imagine, is also hard to catch […]


Hobble Training

July 18, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Hobble training a horse is a pretty handy tool in a cowhand’s arsenal! So, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you, how you might go about getting a horse good to be hobbled. It isn’t just for cow-ponies and ranch hands. Having a horse that can quietly stand hobbled, is a way […]


Roping Horses’ Feet

July 14, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Roping horses’ feet, primarily colts, can be a fantastic tool benefitting many aspects of your horse’s mind and manners. Some horses react minimally to having feet roped, others can be quite dramatic, but both types can benefit from having their feet and legs worked with. First, roping horses’ feet encourages them to yield on a […]