SL Horsemanship

SL Horsemanship Currently accepting training horses. Offers training problematic horses, c**t starting and tune ups. Now offering Acuscope and Myopulse Therapy.

Shannon is an ATS Certified Canine and Equine Acuscope and Myopulse Therapist. Currently not accepting clients.

Operating as usual


When the subject of collection in horses comes up, many times you hear people put a great deal of focus on the physical side of it, without putting enough emphasis on the mental side of collection.

Before ever starting to teach physical collection, it's vital for a horse to be able to move on a loose rein, at the speed you choose, at a walk, trot and lope. This builds balance, confidence and responsibility in your horse. If this hasn't been achieved, attempting to teach physical collection will often leave your horse in a much more anxious, claustrophobic frame of mind. He can never be truly balanced and collected if you're still using contact as your main source of control.

Watching someone approach physical collection without mental relaxation in their horse is like watching someone attempt to teach a student to perform a front handspring on a balance beam, when they've never done a front handspring before. Start with the basics, keep the steps in order, and always make sure your horse is properly prepared for what's next.

-Zacharias Horsemanship

#haychix #feedlikeaboss #espanasilkgroomingproducts #zachariashorsemanship #ridetodayforabettertomorrow

The Journey On Podcast with Warwick Schiller
The Journey On Podcast with Warwick Schiller

The Journey On Podcast with Warwick Schiller

With illuminating insights and fascinating stories, The Journey On Podcast is a conversation about the horse training jounrey and life experiences of Warwick and guests.

EqUnity - Wymann's EqUnity Ergonomie équine

EqUnity - Wymann's EqUnity Ergonomie équine

Sandy Rabinowitz est une cavaliere et artiste et a cree des tableaux pour ''dressage today'' pour aider a mettre des images en tete pour mieux monter.

Dressage Today

Dressage Today

To get a feel for the aids that ask your horse to bend …

"Imagine walking up a spiral staircase. To negotiate the stairs in balance, you must turn your shoulders on the precise path of the stairs and your seat and leg must be in the correct, stable position to ask for bend." —Corinne Foxley

🎨 Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz


We seem to have a spark of interest in our new group classes we have.

🔆$50 per class

We have limited spots in the following:

Sat, October 17
9am-12pm Basic Equine First Aid (Lecture, no horse needed)
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1pm until done - Basic groundwork/in-hand (I have horses to borrow)
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Sat, October 24
9am Group 1 Trail obstacles
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12pm Group 2 Trail obstacles
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Sat, November 7
9am Group 1 Ground pole exercises
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12pm Group 2 Ground pole exercises
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➡️Need to have your own horse for each class EXCEPT for the First Aid and Groundwork classes on October 17
➡️ A portion of the proceeds will be donated to American Made Miniatures Farm Sanctuary

If interested call/text Shannon at (707)481-8649, pm or comment below 👇👇

Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center

Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center

Should you be riding your horse right now?

Every time we have large wildfires in California, clients ask us if they should be riding their horse or letting them rest. This is a great question and can depend on many factors. In general, it is best to avoid intense exercise when the air quality is so poor. This is even more important if your horse has a chronic lung problem that is made worse with dusty conditions. However, a calm tack walk around the property does not seem to bother the average horse.
Each fire season, our emergency doctors watch carefully for horses in respiratory distress due to the smoky air. Excluding horses in close proximity to the fire, it is interesting to note that we do not see a big increase in respiratory problems during these times. However, please always watch for signs that your horse is having difficulty breathing and give us a call if you have any concerns. 916-652-7645

Barbra Schulte

Barbra Schulte

Road to the Horse

Road to the Horse

Step outside your comfort zone. #RTTH #WildCard #WyleneDavis

Next Level Goat Tying

Next Level Goat Tying

Since so many of us are out riding during this quarantine I wanted to remind the kids about a situation that that could be dangerous. Much too often I see kids leave halters hanging down while still tied to the trailer or fence. If a horse steps into that halter you could have a dangerous situation on your hands. Always tie your halter up high enough your horse can’t get a leg in it or untie it and place somewhere safe. #happypracticing

Moore Horsemanship

Moore Horsemanship

Positive vs Negative

After reading a post this morning I’ve decided to write my own. It’s seems that most things are becoming a right or left, black or white, my side or your side type of an argument. The thing about people is that we love our extremes. The thing about life is that it loves moderation and variety. If you only ate lettuce or you only ate steak you’d be unhealthy either way.
But back to the discussion at hand. Should horses be trained with positive or negative reinforcement? Our opinion...BOTH! I don’t do a lot of positive reinforcement but when it comes to trick training I love how it helps the relationship building and those horses really start to search for answers. It’s a fun incentive for them. But I only do a limited amount because I don’t like the direction the relationship goes when they are always searching and they think they need to be busy so they can get their food reward. I want a disciplined horse that can stand quietly for hours if they need to. One that can be hobbled, ground tied or can stand quietly at the trailer even while I’m feeding other horses. That’s right, they have to be patient even at feed time. But why would a fella want that? Well you might go to a show one day and other horses might be getting fed while he’s not and he doesn’t need to get all worked up over that.
When I read these articles that are strongly promoting one or the other they like to use examples of the opposition doing it poorly. Well folks, I don’t care what type of reinforcement you are doing, if the timing is bad or the technique is bad then the results will be as well. I’ve had horses show up that are running the person over and I’d consider them flat dangerous to that handler and the person used mainly positive reinforcement. BUT GUESS WHAT?! I’ve seen the same thing with a person that doesn’t use any positive reinforcement (that they’re aware of). So hey, maybe it’s not the type of reinforcement and just an overall lack of horsemanship.
So after all this what am I proposing? How bout you let them do their thing and you do yours. Sure, promote what you like and advocate for it but badmouthing the other side while giving an example of it being done WRONG, is not the right way to promote what you like. Guess what, we have world class trainers doing both of them them successfully. Pick your rabbit hole and take it, but just remember, this is not a red pill or blue pill scenario. You can (and probably already do), do both.

P.s. If your horse does a behavior at feed time and then hay drops into his pen then you just positively reinforced that behavior 😉 (examples: ear pinning, charging the fence, pawing, etc.).

Mario Soriano, Quiropráctica y Osteopatía Veterinaria

Mario Soriano, Quiropráctica y Osteopatía Veterinaria

➡️ La columna vertebral 🐎 responde a un modelo de biotensegridad: no se puede mover una parte sin afectar al todo.

ℹ️ El calentamiento long & low y el correcto trabajo 🏋️‍♀️ abdominal permite generar un dorso redondeado. Esto no solo es necesario para cualquiera que sea la actividad del caballo 🐎 sino que previene importantes patologías como las Kissing Spine evitando asimismo el estrés biomecánico en estructuras tan importantes como los corvejones.

➡️ La dinámica opuesta genera hundimiento de dorso y caballos invertidos en los que habrá una predisposición a kissing spine, dolores de dorso y nuca más sobrecarga de articulaciones de extremidades.

✅ La diferencia entre una y otra es conocer la biomecánica del caballo 🐴 y entender que su entrenamiento 💪🏻 debe de ser metódico, sistemático, progresivo, variado y completo. Porque un buen entrenamiento da salud, rendimiento y prevención y no enfermedad o problemas.

#drmariosoriano #drmariosorianovet #veterinario #horseengagement #quiropracticaequina #horsetraining

Fuente: reeducazione posturale do cavallo.

Rule Your Ride with Your Visual Powerline
Rule Your Ride with Your Visual Powerline

Rule Your Ride with Your Visual Powerline

In WHEN TWO SPINES ALIGN: DRESSAGE DYNAMICS author Beth Baumert explains the four physical “Powerlines”—Vertical, Connecting, Spiraling, and Visual—that she says enable us t…

Kalley Krickeberg's Training Barn

Kalley Krickeberg's Training Barn

The "Arrows" in your hands.

If we can feel them, so can the horse.

The horse can feel a fly land and respond to it. It responds because the fly bites, so the response is obviously not a positive one, but it still responds to the WEIGHT of a fly...🤔

How this translates to your reins;
You are either accurate and clean with how you guide your horse, or you are inhibiting, restricting, and interfering with the horse's motion.

The CORRECT Arrows need to be there whether the reins have a Drape in them or you have Full Contact. If not, the tolerant horse becomes dull, and the sensitive horse gets varying degrees of frustration to complete insanity.

Image 1 top left; Exaggerated straight forward Arrows on a drape rein

Image 2 middle left; LEVEL left turn Arrows on a drape rein, notice the horse's left front seeking my left hand

Image 3 bottom left; collected horse on a short but loose rein, with straight forward Arrows

The young man in the images (as with everyone else who participated in this simulation) had his eyes closed and there was no speaking, he had to feel for the Arrows I was putting in the reins... Fascinating how perfect everyone followed my lead on a LOOSE rein 😉

#clearcommunication #itsallinthehands #horsetraining #cleanitup #thebalancedhorse #yourhorsewillappreciateit #giveitawhirl

This goes back to something I was told a few years ago. The first time you do something with a horse they are learning i...

This goes back to something I was told a few years ago. The first time you do something with a horse they are learning it. The second time you do it they are practicing. The third time they know you know.

I always tell people, whatever you are doing with your horse it should feel easier each time you do it, if not check how you are asking. There are some instances where you have to go back and remind the horse or fill in a missing puzzle piece but for the most part you should keep moving forward getting softer and easier communication.

When training, I think of three stages in the process of training anything: Introducing, Teaching, and Expecting.

The tricks are, #1, Not to do one before the other. #2, *Ease* your way from stage to stage, remembering to go backwards when it's necessary. And #3, Don't get stuck in one of the stages, or your horse won't progress and actually become as intelligent as it can be.

#horsetraining101 #thebalancedhorse #itssoeasyanybodycandoitright #triplecrownfeed

Padilla Performance Horses

Padilla Performance Horses

Elżbieta Jeżewska Art

Elżbieta Jeżewska Art

Rider's balance, cartoon no. 60, 2019.

Rider's balance is frequently underestimated. Slight shifts of the rider's weight from the neutral position seem to be a part of modern riding aids but really they disturb horse's balance and direct forces the wrong way. While the horse protects its own balance from the influence of those the conversation between the horse and rider seems more difficult.

#illustration #equinebiomechanics #equineart #horseart #konwsztuce #elzbietajezewskaart #ilustracja #equinecartoon #riderbalance

Horse and Rider Books

Horse and Rider Books

Something to do with your horse this weekend: Create a grid by scattering poles close together, with no set distance between them and no shape to their layout. Walk and trot through. This simple exercises is very helpful for improving the horse's spatial awareness, decision-making skills, and independence. From Two Brains, One Aim by Eric Smiley with Ellie Hughes, published by TSB. 📷 by Orla Murphy-LaScola. #weekendplans #twobrainsoneaim #ericsmiley #horsemanship #horsetraining #horseridingexercises #gridwork #equestrian #horsebook #horseandriderbooks

West Coast Barrel Racing

West Coast Barrel Racing

With the recent EHV-1 outbreaks happening now in Northern California, we advise all horse owners to heed extreme caution. There are several ways to decrease your risk of exposure, but none as good as staying home during a major outbreak.

If you are still desiring to haul your horse(s), please check out this simplified and helpful flyer created by the respected Mrs. Diane Isbell DVM.

WCBRA will do it's best to keep our calendar up-to-the-minute with any race cancellation/postponements.

For factual confirmed case information, you can reference the California Department of Food & Agriculture website here:

Like I always tell people, stop taking things so personally when the horses do something. They react to what they are gi...

Like I always tell people, stop taking things so personally when the horses do something. They react to what they are given.

One of the hardest concepts about training horses to get across to people is that horses do not think like we do. Your horse is a prey animal and you are a predator, which means he sees the world in a completely different way than you do. One of the major differences between us is that prey animals have an ingrained flight or fight response and act first and think later, as opposed to predators, who think first and then act.

You won’t experience any success with horses until you understand how horses perceive the world around them and learn how to communicate with them in a way that they understand. If you don’t understand why your horse does the things that he does, horsemanship is not only frustrating, it can turn dangerous. When you’re working with a 1,000-pound animal, that’s a bad combination. – Clinton #ApplyTheMethod

Rude Ranch
Rude Ranch

Rude Ranch

A lot of truth in this article



I did not know a horse could do that...

Written by Alissa Kelly

I did not know a horse could bring people into your life that end up meaning the most to you.

I did not know a horse could make the hardest days of your life bearable.

I did not know a horse could teach you to put others first.

I did not know a horse could remind you time and time again that your gut is always right.

I did not know a horse could break your heart.

I did not know a horse could pick you up when you have fallen a part.

I did not know a horse could teach you to dream again, after you thought it was not possible.

I did not know a horse could make you pray.

I did not know a horse could bring you closer to Jesus.

I did not know a horse could teach responsibility, work ethic and dedication.

I did not know a horse could make you believe in something when no one else does.

I did not know a horse could make you learn to forgive and forget.

I did not know a horse could humble you faster than you can say humble.

I did not know a horse could make you a winner.

I did not know a horse could teach you how to lose gracefully.

I did not know a horse could install patience in you.

I did not know a horse could make you listen better.

I did not know a horse could give you their heart.

I did not know a horse could change your life.

I did not know a horse could do all these things, but now I know.

Keystone Equine

Keystone Equine

We see a lot of information on trailer loading but judging by how the parents were pulling in to the parking lot for a 4H clinic I was teaching, I got to wondering if there shouldn’t be a discussion on how to haul? The dust was flying, trailers were rattling and you could hear horses scrambling as they pulled up. Clearly, this called for drastic measures!

Despite reading and being told, there’s nothing like “learning to do by doing” – and pulling a trailer is no exception.

Before getting underway, I suggested they all tie their horses someplace safe before climbing in my trailer for a free ride. The arena was on a quiet country road and the locale made it possible for us to have a short, albeit illegal, journey. I asked the parents to stand in the slant haul without hanging on, just bracing themselves to take whatever came their way. Easy, right?

When we pulled back into the yard, they were horrified! First, the trailer, while a good make and recent model, was dusty on the gravel when the windows were open; it was also surprisingly noisy. They could hardly talk amongst each other, let alone think. When I accelerated, they were thrown backwards. Braking had them hitting the front dividers. Then, I purposefully braked while negotiating a curve. Chaos – and all the while, I’d not exceeded 50 kilometres (or 30 miles) per hour!

Back at the arena, I had the parents climb into one of their own stock trailers. This was worse, because it was windy, rattly and a bit rank, as it hadn’t been cleaned out in eons. The fumes of the built up manure gave them watery eyes. In the roomy stock trailer, whenever they lost their balance, they staggered in a pile on top of themselves. Clearly, there was more to this hauling than they’d bargained on.

We agreed the miracle is that so many horses load willingly when their owners have so little regard for what hauling entails.

So, where to begin? First, make sure the tail isn’t wagging the dog. Being able to accelerate with a full load doesn’t mean that your truck will be able to stop! Reckoning the weight of the trailer must also include the maximum number of horses, along with all that you’ve got in your tack room.

Do you know where to put your horses for the safest hauling? When asked, few drivers seem aware that the load goes at the front of the trailer, not balanced over the axles or behind them. By putting the weight on the towing vehicle, it greatly reduces a trailer's tendency to fish-tail, even in high winds. The lighter horses will be loaded after the heavier ones to stabilize the load.

With so many highways allowing speeds in excess of 110 kilometres (about 70 miles) per hour, you'll need to keep a lot of room in front to stay out of trouble. Are your mirrors adequate to see around your vehicle with a minimum of blind spots? Do you even know where your blind spots are? Have you adjusted your trailer brakes to help stop your load?

Do you perform a visual inspection of running lights, brake lights, turning signals and emergency flashers before you hit the highway? Have you made sure your trailer is towing level from front to back? When was your trailer last booked in for maintenance of the wiring, floorboards, tire wear and bearings?

Do you clean out your trailer after every single haul?

Now, practice pulling the unit with a handful of change thrown on the truck dash. You should be able to accelerate, turn and slow down to a stop without the coins sliding around. Deceleration is made smoother with the truck engine helping to brake the load, either with the transmission set to tow/haul, or by manually shifting (yes, even an automatic) down to reduce the forward momentum. This takes practice and knowing your vehicle.

Slow down before and not during turns; wait until your trailer has made the turn before smoothly speeding up. If your horses are scrambling, if you feel them moving around back there, you’re being too abrupt. Letting the greater pressure off the brake pedal a snick after you’ve stopped will absorb much of the force of stopping.

Learn how to back your trailer!

When I was a teenager, so keen to haul myself to shows, my father forbade me to go on my own until I could prove that I could handle it. This meant being able to back into any place that I could pull into (and yes, you can back into a lot of places you can’t make a forward turn). It always surprises me, the number of people hauling to weekend shows who need help parking their trailers.

Looking back, I’ve never had a horse that was hard to load. I’ve bought a few that came that way but with love and rules, along with good riding, they very quickly got better. I like to think that keeping my trailer clean and my driving mindful have had a lot to do with this.

Here’s to a long, safe summer for all of us... with only nice, smooth trips!


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This has been a big topic lately with people focusing on the head and not what their horses body is doing. Love it!