Fundamentals

Creating Room and Locking the Hip – Putting it all into Practice

What is Mark up to with his hands and feet when training?  A fair bit of it has to do with creating room, between his horse and the beast and locking the hip, then loading up, to obtain the correct turnaround.  Watch this series to understand more about how each of these techniques can improve your
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Phil Dawson instructs Anna on a Gelding who has a Cutting Foundation

When Anna mentioned that she was getting some assistance from Phil we were curious about what he may offer a campdrafter.  To satisfy our curiosity we jumped in the truck and tagged along with Anna and her gelding ‘Star Bar’ to Phil’s place.  Anna has just got her gelding in before she starts a run
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Ben Tapp Canter’s oblongs

Why, I here you ask?  To emulate his attacking course riding style.  You may have noted that the majority of the leadingtrainers and competitors don’t just canter circles as nice neat circles are rarely achieved whilst campdrafting.  With this exercise Ben is specifically looking to ensure that his horses can accelerate and then check at
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Mat Holz checks the foundation on a 6 year old gelding then works him on cattle

This is a great example of Mat’s motto: ‘Take the time it takes…… and it takes less time’.  There’s no big stops or flashy turns in this video series nor does Mat intend there to be.  Prior to working cattle Mat gets this gelding to ‘come back to him’ with some one rein stops then checks he
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Mat Holz works on some basics with a green mare

In this video Mat works a green mare that is not long broken in.  There are some great tips in this video particularly for green horses that are a little unsure of what they’re being asked.  Mat has specific aids to get the horse out of their bind and show them what he is looking for.
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Steven Hart’s essential fundamentals: The building blocks for his horses

Steven has a series of dry work exercises that he does with all of his horses regardless of their age, training or experience.  He uses these exercises to say ‘thank you or sorry’ to his horses.  What does that mean? When we’re drafting we ask a lot of our horses;  On occasions some of the things
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Vicki Hiscock demonstrates the fundamentals she works on each ride

Vicki has a handful of exercise that she does religiously each ride.  They all relate back in some way to the manoeuvres she does when competing.  She does each exercise with purpose so the horse knows, without doubt, what she expects of them. Vicki’s riding aids are clear, simple and effective and are applied in
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Ben Tapp – Yard Work Fundamentals

In this series we are investigating what Ben is trying to achieve in the yard.  The first video looks at his strategy for commencing his run whilst in the second he talks about the shape and control he maintains in his horses when cutting out.  He also demonstrates the issues associated with using your hand
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Codie Law tracks another horse and rider

If like most of us you don’t have access to bison or cattle there is a lot you can achieve tracking someone else. You can simulate so many scenarios to suit the horse or to work on a specific issue. Whether you need to bribe your kids or lure your mate round with some beers
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Codie Law does some flat work at home

In this video Codie checks that the mare he is riding is ‘biddable’. By biddable he is checking that he is able to control the mare with his feet and get her nose at the walk and progress through her gaits. Codie isn’t a big fan of cantering circles as you rarely get the chance
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