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The Queen of Gaits to Beat the Heat
by Carol Kurtz Darlington

Did you know horses get much hotter than we do when working in the summer? A study done by the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) shows that horses actually heat up 10 times faster than humans.

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Are You Worthy of Your Horse?
by Carol Kurtz Darlington

Throughout history, it was considered part of a person’s character development to learn to ride. It wasn’t just about learning how to travel from here to there. It was the art of horsemanship that was considered integral to a well-rounded education. Control of one’s emotions, empathy, discipline, self-awareness, and self-improvement were valuable characteristics.

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How to Help the Spooky Horse
by Carol Kurtz Darlington

You know that thing that happens when you’re minding your own business and someone sneaks up on you and shouts “Boo”? Your body surges with adrenaline and you scream before you can even send a message to your brain that you are not about to die. Then you put your hand on your chest, take a deep breath, and in about 15 seconds you are back to normal.

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All Stretches Are Not Created Equal
by Carol Kurtz Darlington

A lot is being said lately about riding long and low. Some say horses should never stretch below chest level. Others ride their horses on the buckle. The truth is that all stretches are not created equal. Riding your horse in a stretch when you have no contact with the bit only results in more weight on the forehand. These peanut-rolling-type horses are usually completely hollow in their backs even though they are stretching.

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What is a Hollow Horse?
by Carol Kurtz Darlington

When you ride your horse, do you feel as if you’re sitting on top of a bouncing ball? Or instead does it feel like you’re stuck in a hole on your horse’s back? If your horse’s back is sinking beneath you, his back is hollow.

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It’s Never Too Late For Classical Foundation Training
by Carol Kurtz Darlington

In past generations around the world, young horses were started and trained gradually over a period of about two years. It was a methodical process that included work in hand and lunging until the horse was developed enough to carry a rider. Training under saddle began only when the horse’s back became strong enough to support the weight of a rider. We believe this training method is critical for every horse, no matter what discipline it will eventually participate in.

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Trust in Training
by Carol Kurtz Darlington

I love reading old riding books. I find the masters knew much more about the partnership between horse and rider than I often see today. I do have a few current books in my library that I love as well. One of my favorites is Tug of War: Classical Versus “Modern” Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect “Modern” Riding Negatively Affects Horses’ Health by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann. He talks about how training a young horse and retraining an older horse are very similar…

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