Manolo Mendez

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

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

Optimal Diagonal Pair Training

It must be Optimal Diagonal Pair Wednesday We wanted to highlight what Manolo is doing with his two bamboos which may not be as clear when you do not see images side by side. As you can see, he is working with the diagonal pairs. The goal is to develop the horse so that in time he wil

The Ins and Out of Working In-Hand by Manolo Mendez

In-hand work is an integral part of my training, one that I use with every horse, from green to Grand Prix, as it prepares and eases them into the demands of ridden work. I use in-hand first to build a correct foundation and then to help each horse progress along in his daily training


Intently listening and paying attention. The horse is listening to what is happening in his body, and so his Manolo.  Manolo is listening with his whole being and so is the horse. He is checking this horse’s cervical spine and muscles at the top of the neck and around C5 on the

Manolo Mendez Clinic Report by Dr. Fiona Mead Rider, Veterinarian &Acupuncturist North Island, NZ Jan 2014

In his observations of the horse and rider, Manolo Mendez ‘hits the nail on the head’ with accuracy, intuitive awareness and in doing so, demonstrates his keen horse sense and deep understanding of ‘horse nature’. As a rider I felt privileged to share time with Manolo.  I was aware of