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Teaching A Foal How To Pick Up His Feet

This article written by Chantelle Matthews, Manolo’s Assistant Trainer and the La Mancha barn manager. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to spend time with Phil Maddox of Maddox Equestrian. Phil is a New Zealand-based professional horse trainer who specializes in stress-fr
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HorseKeeping for Wellness™ with Chantelle Matthews: How to Take your Horse’s Vital Signs

The First Thing I do when I Become Responsible for a Horse… For my first post, I wanted to share the very first thing I do when a new horse is placed in my care: I measure and record its vital signs (VS) to establish what its “normal” readings are and to create a baseline for fu
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Four Piaffe Steps During Schooling: Four Expressions of Balance

Manolo likes to long line using his one ring cavesson and regular lungeline. These images are not finished of Piaffes but of a succession of steps during Piaffe schooling. There are a few things Manolo considers crucial when schooling Piaffe. The first one is that the horse be physica
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Introduction to the Canter Pirouette

The Canter Pirouette is a high level movement, a very difficult exercise that requires balance, suspension, suppleness, listening and collection from the horse. To have a good canter pirouette, we must have a good…canter. We must have a pure three beat canter and be able to coll
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Bamboo, Tempo, Timing & Movement

  Some thoughts on learning to use a bamboo cane in-hand properly. Manolo speak of the in-hand trainer being like an orchestra conductor and creating music with the horse by using his bamboo cane to organize and activate the horse’s body just as a conductor activates different se
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The Young Horse’s First Time Out: Setting Him Up for Success

Mickey is not unfamiliar with traveling in a trailer. He has had trailer training since he was a foal (he travelled from WA to VIC when he was 6 months old). Since then, he has had routine trailering training to ensure that he easily loads in should he have to go to the vet or be evac
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Knowledge is a powerful contributor to wellness in horses.

There is no better teacher then the horse and no better student then the rider who wishes the best for his horse and uses all his senses to understand and care for him better. Seeing, listening, touching, even smelling are gifts we can use to understand our horse’s bodies better
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TRAVERS & HALF PASS…

Manolo was speaking recently with Chantelle about Travers and Half Pass and how one prepares the other. He mentioned how often riders forget to go back to the basics to improve, repair or enhance a more advanced movement but also to keep the horse fresh and happy doing work that condi
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What, Why, When and How: The Walk Pirouette

What, Why, When and How: The Walk Pirouette by Manolo Mendez, specialist in in-hand and classical Equitation & writer Caroline Larrouilh A correctly executed pirouette is a thing of beauty, a perfect storm of collection, impulsion, suppleness, strength and balance. In canter, it i
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