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

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

We wish you a very Happy New Year 2014! With a fun Clip

This year is the Year of the Horse and we have decided to do something a little different to celebrate the next twelve months by putting a spotlight on education. But first, a little riding levity! First, starting in January, we will be sharing a dozen articles on Manolo’s websi

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

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

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

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

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

Take your Time or Things Take Time are words to live by if you work with horses.

Reward and praise are a constant theme in Manolo’s being with horses as is quietly standing by, while working in-hand. Giving horses the space and time to absorb a new situation, a new exercise, giving them the time to ground themselves before asking them to move one foot. I hav