Manolo Mendez

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

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


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

Manolo on Suppling The Crooked Horse

The most recent quizz questions on the Manolo Mendez Dressage Facebook page resulted in some very good discussions at La Mancha about equine stiffness and suppleness. Manolo shared his training philosophy on how to help horses develop the bilateral suppleness needed for them to be be

Touch Your Horse’s Pectorals for a clue to his Wellness. — and to Enhance his Performance.

Your horse’s pectorals are very helpful muscles. Their condition can give you a lot of feedback about your horse’s health and how well your training is going as pectorals are linked to straightness, shoulder freedom, through-ness, lifting the base of the neck and collectio

Balance &Rhythm in the Young Horse: Essential to Forward and Self Carriage (first independent balance)

Preparation is everything To develop a harmonious partnership with its horse, the rider must make sure that all the work is confirmed and re-comfirmed at every stage of the training, from green to FEI. By constantly strengthening the foundation, and making sure the horse understands t

Helping the Nervous Horse Settle (video clip)

How do you help settle a nervous horse in-hand? This is a question Manolo is often asked in the group we set up for the riders who are studying his training approach and his in-hand work. To help answer it, we cut a clip from footage we had from Equitana where Clint was part of a thre

Heat, Fever, Hives: Acupressure and TTouch to the Rescue

Acupressure and TTouch: Safe tools you can use with a horse in crisis due to hot weather. What can you do besides hosing down your horse and putting him in the shade if your horse is in distress due to the heat and you are waiting for the vet? One option is to use acupressure to help

Heat 101: Strategies for Beating the Heat from A Vet

** Tips for keeping your horses cool this summer ** 1) SHADE Shade is needed to allow your horses to regulate their core body temperature. They will move in and out of the shade as required. 2) WATER Horses number 1 way of controlling their body temperature is through sweat – th

Chantelle and Topaz

Here and there we mention Chantelle, Manolo’s pupil and his assistant trainer. You see her riding her young horse or taking a lesson on Clint, shampooing horses or helping Manolo when he trains piaffe but we have not really introduced her to you yet. Well… Our Chantelle sh