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Sacking Out Part 2—The Laying on of Hands

By Ann Kirk September is here and with it comes some cooler weather. But, there are still plenty of nice days to continue these lessons with your horse. We will continue where we left off last time with the sacking out process. The term “sack out” refers to a process…

Sacking Out – The First Touch

By Ann Kirk Hello again! It is Summer and we are in the middle of the best riding of the year. Whether you have a good seasoned horse, a young one you are starting to train or one that is less than ideal, these next lessons can help teach your…

Ann Kirk – Selecting a Trainer

The new year is here. There is snow on the ground and cold in the air so it’s hard to think about summer riding but the days will fly by and spring will arrive before you know it. So I want to share some tips for selecting a trainer or…

Sensible Round Penning – “Eyes on Me”

By Ann Kirk I would like to continue where we left off with the round-pen lesson. It should be noted that this lesson as taught is for the mature horse, 2 years and up. The younger horse needs a modified lesson to prevent physical injury. We had taught the inside…

Sensible Round Penning – Directional Control

By Ann Kirk Happy New Year! I pray you had a good holiday season. 2019 is now upon us. Lord, help us to seek what you have for us and to rejoice in each day. Did you practice with your motivating tool during the past few months? Are you getting…

Ann Kirk – Regaining Your Confidence

What a great season thus far! I do pray you have had a good summer also. As I sit down to write, I am looking for a subject that is key to almost every horse person I know. One of the sessions I did at Ride the West, was a…

Ann Kirk – Horses and Obstacles, Part Two

Last article I spoke of why it is good to teach your horse to deal calmly and confidently with obstacles he might encounter on the trail. This time I will share with you my way of teaching him this lesson. By setting up objects that represent obstacles in a safe…

Western Dressage News

Western Dressage is rolling here in Washington State. Year end awards at the state level will be awarded for NAWD Level 1 Foundation, Level 2 Partnership, Level 3 Communication, Level 4 Influence, Level 5 Finesse and Level 6 Harmony. Western Dressage classes using North American Western Dressage tests are being…

Ann Kirk – Horses & Obstacles

Our snow is nearly gone and I am back in the saddle, working horses several hours per day. As the trails open up and the warmer weather arrives, I will begin riding my training loops with mini saw in hand to remove any ‘obstacles’ that have encroached during the winter….

Western Dressage – The Clothing Conundrum

By Michelle K. Binder-Zolezzi, Relational Riding Academy Every day I head out to the barn to work. Like other trainers, I work outside in temperatures from 0 to 100 degrees 7 days a week, almost 365 days a year, from dawn till dark and sometimes longer. As a professional trainer…