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The Pinwheel Exercise
Coach: Stacia Madden

Equitation championships call for precision. One necessary ability the rider must possess is the ability to “lock-in” bending lines. Stacia Madden’s brilliant, yet simple, Pinwheel Exercise is designed to hone these crucial skills for both horse and rider.

Running Time: 13 minutes and 35 seconds

The Progression of Releases
Coach: Karen Healey

Karen Healey and her demonstration riders present the various releases used in the jumping disciplines. Karen shows us what releases are suitable at the different stages in a rider’s development, from a beginner “reach up and grab mane” release to the most advanced following hand or automatic release. She discusses the advantages certain releases have and some common faults riders can make when incorrectly used.

Running Time: 22 minutes and 55 seconds


The Right Canter
Coach: Denny Emerson

In this topic Denny shows us the importance of establishing the “Right” canter. He demonstrates how getting to the right take off point with the proper speed, balance and impulsion, while staying out of the horse’s way, allows the horse to jump his best.

Running Time: 22 minutes and 22 seconds

The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center

Get a glimpse of this state-of-the-art facility in Ocala, Florida featuring the most advanced conditioning and rehabilitation equipment available today! To see all this amazing technology in action, view July’s Horsemanship Topic.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 44 seconds

The TMJ & Acupressure Meridians
Coach: Heather Mack

Part Three of a series where Dr. Heather Mack sheds light on the often overlooked Temporo-Mandibular Joint. The TMJ is a very significant convergence point for the acupressure meridians. In this video she discusses a syndrome she encounters often in her practice - the connection between sore TMJs and sore hips.

Click here to view the other videos in this series

Running Time: 6 minutes and 28 seconds

The US Team at Aachen
Coach: George Morris

Prepare to be captivated by this priceless look back at the United States Equestrian Team as they compete at the iconic horse show in Aachen, Germany in 1960. With insightful narration by the one and only George Morris and classic footage by Gordon Wright, you’ll see a virtual who’s who from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. Legends like Bill Steinkraus and Frank Chapot and magnificent horses like Nautical and Riviera Wonder show us why this was an era when the US dominated the sport.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 38 seconds

The Winkler Gymnastic
Coach: Bernie Traurig

In this video, Bernie shares with you one of his favorite gymnastics designed to improve your horse’s agility, front end (technique), rhythm & balance.

To learn how to set cavaletti on the approach to a gymnastic line as shown in this video view: Incorporating Cavaletti with Fences as Developed by Bert de Nemethy

If you liked this video check out Fundamental Gymnastics another great topic that features the benefits of a gymnastic line.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 32 seconds

The Yard

Meet the Montgomery Family. Vickie, Pat & Tory Montgomery have built an incredible rehabilitation center, The Yard Equine Center, from the ground up. Find out how this close-knit family has followed a path fueled by their shared passion that has lead to the creation of this peaceful retreat for recovering horses.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 12 seconds

The “Nip Up” - A Half-Halt Technique for Your Horse
Coach: Bernie Traurig

Are you looking to correct a horse with a carriage that is too low or is too heavy on the forehand?

In this free video tip, Bernie Traurig teaches us a very handy tool all equestrians should have in their riding toolbox. One of his versions of a half-halt that is simple to do, he calls a “nip up.” This can be used in many instances, especially on a horse that is too low in its carriage or is too heavy on the forehand. Bernie demonstrates how to use this technique properly and effectively without hanging on the horse’s mouth. Ultimately, this should be an invisible and soft correction that you should only use when absolutely necessary so it remains meaningful. This technique can also be found in the books by Vladimir Littauer (Commonsense Horsemanship) and Gordon Wright (Horsemanship & Horsemastership) where it is defined as a Half-Halt.

Running Time: 2 minutes and 49 seconds

Thinking Like a Horse
Coach: Julie Winkel

To effectively communicate with your horse, there has to be a mutual understanding within the partnership. This understanding, in large part, stems from the rider’s ability to accurately read his or her horse. In this topic, Julie Winkel teaches us to accurately interpret the various expressions and behaviors horses use to convey their state of mind.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 46 seconds