Video Training Tips

In response to letters and emails from people with training and behavior questions about their equines, Meredith has created a series of short training tip videos to help address some of these common issues.

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If you have a training question or an idea for another Training Tip video, check out the Ask Meredith section for commonly asked questions, or click here to submit your question.

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Good Posture and Performance

For your equines to perform their best, they need to have even weight distribution and efficiently utilize balanced movement in their bodies.

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Plan Every Move for Good Posture

By planning every move and being consistent, you can reinforce your equine's good posture—until it's a natural state for them.

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Keep Lessons Short and Easy

Training sessions that are too repetitious and last too long will only fatigue and frustrate your equine, resulting in unwanted resistance. Keep lessons short and easy for the best training results.

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Leading for Ideal Muscle Development

Conducting your leading training on flat ground first is the best way to build strength in good equine posture for symmetrical muscle development.

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Using the Elbow Pull During Leading Training

The elbow pull will stop your equine from raising his head to the point where he hollows his neck and back, and will keep him in reasonably correct posture.

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Showmanship Judging

One of the most difficult things your equine will ever learn is to stand perfectly still while the show judge inspects him.

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Showmanship Is Not Just For Show

There is a common misperception that “Showmanship” is just a class at an equine show, but the truth is that showmanship training is beneficial to your equine any time.

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Showmanship Patterns

If you are going to attend a show, it is advisable to get a copy of the rulebook that is designated by the show committee, so you know what to expect for each class you enter.

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Turn on the Haunches

The turn on the haunches can be a complicated move for your equine. Learn how to approach the move in this Training Tip.

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Turn on the Forehand

Meredith demonstrates how to teach your equine to execute a turn-on-the-forehand on the lead line.

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Leading Purposefully at the Walk and Trot

Leading with purpose will keep your equine’s responses attentive, prompt and smooth.

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Teaching Your Equine to Stand Still

Whether or not your equine is calm enough  to really stand still depends on all the lessons he has had and how they were executed.

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Leading Through Straight-Forward Obstacles

Learn how to lead your equine through forward obstacles in order to instill confidence and turn your equine’s fear into curiosity.

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Leading Through Lateral Obstacles

Learn how to lead your equine through forward obstacles in order to instill confidence and turn your equine’s fear into curiosity.

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What to Do When Stage Two Isn’t Working

If leading lessons aren't working, try asking yourself these questions to figure out what's going wrong.

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