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Here’s How To Choose The Right Body Protector For You

John Strassburger

An article by an experienced trainer and journalist about what you need to know in order to purchase an equestrian safety vest, including product descriptions and recommendations for horseback riding and equine competitions. read more

Full-Care Or Self-Care: Which Is Better For You?

John Strassburger

A discussion about whether a horse owner should learn to totally care for their horse or depend upon others to do it. read more

Why It’s Really Hard To Retire Your Horse

John Strassburger

A touching, open discussion about why it's so difficult to make the retirement decision about your horse. read more

The Joys—And Surprises—Of Night Check

John Strassburger

Discussions about a doing a bed check on a barn full of horses and the interesting, surprising things you may see in the barn and on the way to check your equine friends. read more

What I Learned This Month From One Of My Horses

John Strassburger

Discussion about training horses, learning from your horses and training breakthroughs. read more

Why I Decided To Stop Competing Alba

John Strassburger

A discussion about why John Strassburger decided to retire a relatively young three-day event horse from competition. read more

With His Hands, Dougie Hannum Treats The Equine Athlete

John Strassburger

Hannum has been a therapist to horses at the highest levels and to horses just starting out for almost four decades, at seven Olympic Games and at competitions from New Jersey to California. "It’s hard to really say what I do. But what we try to do is to give the horse the best opportunity to give the best performance. We try to set a horse up for his maximum performance,” said Dougie Hannum. read more

Organization Leaders Need To Embrace Members’ Use of Social Media

John Strassburger

Discussion about the rights of free speech, the USEF and social media in the equestrian world. Revolves around the USEF Hearing Committee fining a judge for "liking" another judge's Facebook posting. read more

Horse Journal OnCall: Why Does My Horse Canter Disunited?

John Strassburger

A discussion from a professional trainer about why a horse may not be cantering well. read more

All Creatures Great and Small

John Strassburger

A book review of the re-release of the classic "All Creatures Great and Small" read more

Taking A Pony Out In Public Shows How Much Outreach We Need

John Strassburger

Bringing a pony to participate in a parade where all the rest of the kids are riding bikes. read more

A Phone Call Makes Me Ponder How We Communicate With Our Horses

John Strassburger

The language we have to teach our horses, continuously, is a language centered around communication with our bodies—our legs, our seat, our weight, our hands, our eyes and, yes, sometimes our voice. Yes, horses can respond to voice commands, but it’s by association with other cues (especially reward clues), not because they “understand” the words in the sense we do. read more

Nervous Horses

John Strassburger

You’re hacking peacefully along when you feel a tremor go through your horse’s body. His previously floppy ears snap forward, and his head rises up. As you wonder when your horse turned into a giraffe, his steps become slower and shorter, his back drops, and he emits the emphatic horse-in-jeopardy snort. You look left and right, desperately trying to see the flesh-eating monster that must have just emerged from the bushes. But you see nothing. Nothing but rocks, trees and grass. The same rocks, trees and grass that have always been there. understand what’s read more

Some Horses Develop Faster Than Others

John Strassburger

One of the challenges to horse training is to accept—even to embrace—that you can’t just do the same things with all horses and that they won’t all fit neatly into your perfect training box. Yes, you have to have a program or overall plan for developing horses, but you have to be able to take different routes on the way to your goal, whether it’s eventing or another sport. read more

Horse Journal OnCall: Do I Really Need to Use a Bit?

John Strassburger

Should I continue to try to get him to work with a bit, or just forget it? I won't be riding any discipline that requires it—we'll just trail ride for fun. If you think he should be wearing a bit, how will I get him to accept it quietly? And should he hold it still in his mouth before I try to ride with it? read more

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