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Training Level Dressage
Debbie McDonald

The movements in Training Level are designed to show that the horse is supple, willing to move freely forward while accepting contact with the bit. This is often the starting point of a horse’s Dressage career. In this topic, Debbie McDonald and her student, 2012 London Olympian Adrienne Lyle, take a young horse through exercises appropriate for a horse at this level and practice riding parts of a Training Level Test.

Running Time 26 minutes and 35 seconds

Training the OTTB Horse
Bernie Traurig member, Adult Amateur Jumper rider Stacy, reached out to us to get training help from Bernie for her off the track Thoroughbred horse, Diesel. Before the training session, Bernie familiarized himself with the duo by watching a video of them on course, determining what issues needed to be addressed. It became apparent that Stacy was having trouble maintaining an even pace on course, that Diesel avoided contact and wouldn’t use his neck over the jumps and got quite hot, occasionally bucking and evading the bit, between the fences. Watch as Bernie returns to basics with this team, using the simplicity of the Forward Riding System to re-school this horse and provide valuable tips for Stacy to apply at home. 

Running Time: 33 minutes and 42 seconds

Click here for "Training the OTTB Horse - Session Two"

If you are a member that owns a Thoroughbred in the Southern California area and are interested in participating in a FREE TB Training Session with Bernie, click here for more details.

Training the OTTB Horse - Session Two
Bernie Traurig

Training Level Eventer and member, Kristen Schalck, gets a free training session from Bernie with her 9 year old OTTB (Off The Track Thoroughbred), JC. Watching the show jumping round Kristen presented, Bernie got a sense of just how he could help them. Kristen had some lower leg stability issues and JC had a tendency to get a bit too aggressive at the jumps, particularly in combinations, and jump past the arc. Tapping into his reservoir of knowledge gained through many years of experience with Thoroughbred horses, Bernie introduces them to the Kusner Gymnastic. This exercise proves to successfully back up JC over the jumps, while allowing Kristen to perfect her automatic release, maintaining the contact in the air that so many Thoroughbreds appreciate.

Running Time: 35 minutes and 51 seconds

Click here to view "The Kusner Gymnastic" video topic referenced in this video.

Click here to view "An OTTB Jumping School With Bernie"

If you are a member that owns a Thoroughbred in the Southern California area and are interested in participating in a FREE TB Training Session with Bernie, click here for more details. 

Triple Bars
Bernie Traurig

Do you consider triple bars to be freebies on course or are they your nemesis? In this topic Bernie discusses and demonstrates the various elements to take into account when presented with a triple bar, such as pace, balance, impulsion and take off distance.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 53 seconds

Turning Over Fences with Timing & Technique
Bernie Traurig

As implied by the title, this video examines the components of turning in the air. The ability to successfully turn over a fence without compromising your horse’s jump is crucial in the equitation ring, in handy hunter classes and in most jumper rounds.

Running Time:  16 minutes and 27 seconds

Types of Ponies to Use When Teaching a Young Rider
Susan Deal

Introduction to Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Susan Deal, USHJA certified trainer and National Judge, utilizes a classical system of teaching that takes young riders from their fist lesson all the way through their first year of riding. In this video series Susan shares her strategies for developing good riders as well as good horsemen. She offers insightful techniques from the teacher’s perspective, covering all the riding milestones from the first lesson through jumping courses. This collection of videos is a compressive guideline with step-by-step instructions for teachers and students alike.  

In this introduction to her video series, Susan shows us what type of horse/pony is best for teaching young students to ride. Susan finds it important to use a well-educated horse and one that has been trained in the forward system of riding. All ponies need to have quiet dispositions and not be easily spooked. Matching up the right horse and rider is key because properly mounted students can learn as much from the horse as they can from the trainer. Susan shows us some of the ponies she uses for the different stages of riding and also for the different body types of riders.

Running Time: 2 minutes and 42 seconds

Understanding Colic
Dr. Robert Brusie

Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Brusie, surgeon at the Palm Beach Equine Medical Center, discusses the signs and treatments of abdominal pain in horses, including the proper course of action responsible horsemen should take when a horse is suffering from colic.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 20 seconds

Unnecessary Drama
Peter Pletcher

Peter examines some of the fads in riding techniques that seem to permeate the hunter division these days. He demonstrates how over-exaggerated gestures on the part of the rider don’t necessarily enhance the horse’s jump or way of going and, in fact, may cause the judge to be distracted instead.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 52 seconds

Val Renihan - In The Spotlight Interview - Short Version
Val Renihan

Get to know Val Renihan from her introduction to the sport to her biggest influences.  In this interview, the highly respected rider, coach and clinician talks about the experiences, the people and the horses that have helped shape her successful career.

This is a condensed version of this interview. Click here for the full version, which is available to members or on a pay-per-view basis.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 1 second

Vertical Vertical Combination
Bernie Traurig

Bernie, with help from Grand Prix rider Sarah Baldwin, shows how a seemingly basic vertical to vertical in-and-out becomes a sophisticated schooling tool when ground lines are artfully and strategically used to enhance your horse’s negotiation of a double.

Running Time: 18 minutes and 18 seconds