Lisa explains why it's important to have a written contract when buying or selling a horse.
A big welcome to new guest coach Verena Mahin of VS Dressage to the Equestrian Coach family! From her start in the sport in Germany at age five, to living and training with Bert Rutten, Olympic rider/trainer and Chef d’Equipe…
Geoff explains the importance of Equitation for riders in all jumping disciplines.
Becca had a question as to why her horse is running out on her. Linda explains that it is a steering problem and "keeping it simple" is the best way to communicate effectively with your horse.
Dino explains to one of our members that doing proper stretches with your horse can improve the posture and performance of the horse.
Member Nancy wanted to know how to evaluate her horse's Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ), which is known as the "master link" for a horse's balance, digestion, biomechanics and general well being.
Ronnie answers one of our member’s questions about a legendary hunter.
Equestrian Coach Riding Workshop Scholarship winner for 2014, Annah Douthat, shared her experience at the summer workshop with Bernie Traurig on our blog. In this journal, she discovers quite a bit about herself and her riding. Read the insightful and detailed account of her experience and witness just how much a rider can learn in just 5 days!
Member Pamelaroberts wanted to know the best way to warm up a horse before you ask them to do more advanced exercises.
Member JoeM wanted to know how much a horse's bloodlines determine the horse's performance and if "pedigree" is more subjective or objective.
Member Melany is having problems understanding her horse and wants to know how to read her horse's behavior better to improve communication.
One of our members wanted to know how mental skills training is different from what a trainer provides.
Member Danielle wanted advice on when is the best time to shoe a young horse. Blair, our expert farrier was eager to answer.
Here is a priceless look back at some archival footage filmed by Gordon Wright & narrated by George Morris of Mason Phelps’ the American Jumping Derby. This challenging and rugged derby brought the grit of European show jumping to the U.S. courtesy of Mr. Phelps. Held at his stunning family estate in Rhode Island, the Derby was truly a gem of the show jumping circuit from 1976 through 1988.
Member Sophie wanted advice on how to adjust her hip angle to help her horse whose conformation is naturally a bit downhill. Bernie lends his expert advice.
Member evans.sue wanted advice on protective vests and using them with traditional vests. Olivia, our eventing expert was eager to answer.
As riders, we’ve all heard our coaches say “heels down” time and again. Here are three exercises you can do with your stirrups to help get your heels down and leg stronger.
Vintage footage of the first core U.S. Show Jumping Team and a look into how Bert de Nemethy became the coach of the team during a golden era when the team was made of legends like: Bill Steinkraus, George Morris, Frank Chapot & Hugh Wiley.
Take a step back in time and see how impressive TB's were “back in the day.” Featuring vintage footage of Bernie Traurig aboard “Circuit Breaker” in the late 1970's and a look at the other famous hunters that Bernie rode and "ruled the roost."
Missy Clark has led the equitation training ranks for years, coaching 35 national equitation champions and reserve champions over the past 17 consecutive years. Learn more about Missy, from her introduction to the sport to her greatest influences.