Manolo Mendez


What does your horse's tail tell you?

Does your horse’s tail swing?

If a horse’s tail gets caught between his hind legs he is not using his body properly. If the tail lays flat and listless these are clues that energy, messages and feedback from the brain to the body and back may not be traveling up and down his spine properly. If the tail is cl
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How well does your tack fit?

Another view of the horse’s anatomy which should prompt us to check our tack carefully and think about how we use our hands and interact with the horse’s face when we discipline or reward him. This image was loaned to us by Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Veterinarian,
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On balance and collection…

“Balance and collection cannot be hurried, forced or taken. Both comes from within the horse. They are born not just from developing the horse’s body, his straightness, strength and suppleness but from tending to his mind and heart and carefully cultivating his desire to w
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Facial Nerves and the Importance of Proper Bridle Fitting.

Image © Diane Schell This is something Manolo is quite fanatical about, always adjusting nosebands, flashes, browbands and making sure the buckles do not push into delicate structures or the poll strap does not push against the horse’s ears (and of course checking bit fit). A qu
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Manolo on the Half-Halts…

In the two images above, Manolo is schooling and preparing for pirouette work. The first image is a medium trot and the second a step of pirouette. “Some schools define the half halt as a hold and release with or without a stopping of the back or hands for a couple of seconds or
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Finding the Right Bit: A Matter of Patience and Respect.

In your hands, you hold your horse’s emotions. With the reins and the bit you are not only able to provide your horse with information about where you wish to go, how you wish his posture to change or how fast or slow to move. With the reins and the bit you impact directly a horse’s s
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BREAKING NEWS: (not) Training success and how much your horse is connected to you emotionally, feels safe, comfortable and acknowledged are strongly interrelated.

Science is finally recognizing something Manolo and Linda Tellington Jones amongst others have known, practiced and taught for decades and decades: Touch has a profound physiological, mental and emotional impact on horses. On every living being really. Linda’s work is even calle
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What gives Clint his Bloom and Athleticism (besides training)?

Manolo is often asked what he feeds his horses that gives them such blooming coats, strong hooves, shiny full tails and manes and beautiful bodies. To answer this question, we thought we would share the details of our horses daily life, starting with Clint Eastwood. Clint is a 2000 im
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Fixity is the Enemy of Suppleness & Soundness (Elasticity Rules)

Something to keep in mind when you lunge your horse or work him/her in-hand. Fixed headsets, fixed postures, fixed gaits for long or even short stretches of times do not build fitness, instead they build stiffness. Too much energy/activity runs the horse down and damages its body. Not
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