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Don’t Forget to Reward Your Horse

John Strassburger

While I believe that some horse owners go overboard in making a fuss over their horses every time they do something right, I do think that, sometimes, some of us forget to reward our horses when they do something right. read more

Six Reasons Why Horses Resist Your Aids

John Strassburger

My nearly 45 years of experience with horses has taught me that, generally speaking, horses don’t do what you want them to do for one or more of these six reasons. So the way to solve that resistance or disobedience is to address the problems that result from these six issues as part of your training. read more

If Only Horses Could Wear Glasses

John Strassburger

Musings from a professional trainer about possible eyesight problems in horses as the cause of horse training problems. read more

Horse Journal OnCall: She Won't Jump Oxers

John Strassburger

My horse willingly jumps verticals, but doesn't like to jump oxers and usually refuses them. When she does jump oxers, she jumps over them as if they're filled with alligators. What do you think is wrong and what should I do ?Performance Editor John Strassburger responds: The first thing I'd do, especially if the horse shows other spooky behaviors, is to have your veterinarian examine her eyes. I read more

California Chrome—Simply Awesome

John Strassburger

Horse trainer John Strassburger discusses California Chrome and his owners decision to continue racing him. read more

Our “Talk” With Boogie

John Strassburger

A professional horse trainer and award-winning journalist discusses using an animal communicator to get to the bottom of problems associated with a very talented horse. read more

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

John Strassburger

A discussion comparing winter horse care in the East and the West. read more

Attaching The Longe Line

John Strassburger

How to properly attach a longe line to your horse to ensure safety and control. read more

The Elusive Mind of a Horse

John Strassburger

Professional trainer John Strassburger discusses understanding how a horse's mind works and evaluating a horse's "mental fitness." read more

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match

John Strassburger

Discussion from a professional horse trainer about why it's so difficult to find the right horse for the right equestrian. read more

Really, You Should Take Lessons

John Strassburger

Experienced California three-day event horse trainer discusses the problems surrounding self-teaching riding and horsemanship. read more

What Is The Future of Boarding?

John Strassburger

The ability of a horse farm owner to store hay and bedding may make a huge difference in maintaining a profitable horse boarding business. read more

The Bungling FEI’s Next Election Will Affect Our Horse Sports’ Future

John Strassburger

An in-depth discussion about why decisions made by the FEI will make a difference in every level of horse sports - and what we need to do about it. read more

It’s Time To End The World Equestrian Games

John Strassburger

A thought-provoking commentary on why the World Equestrian Games simply don't work. read more

The Only Way To Get Better Is To Ride More

John Strassburger

A discussion by a trainer about the difficulties faced by many middle-aged riders - who juggle riding, demanding jobs, families - and can't seem to improve in the saddle due to the time constraints. read more

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