Here I list links to the tools I use and other information sources I’ve found helpful.
Having the right tools and equipment can mean the difference between good communication and miscommunication.
Knotty Girls Halters & Leads
Knotty Girlz has the best halters at a great price with tons of options for halter width, color, stiffness and custom sizing. [subscribe to the blog, then contact me via email and get a 10% off code]
- Halter: STIFF, 2-KNOT halter in either 3/16″ or 1/4″ width (I always ask for an extra inch in the “overall noseband” to allow the horse room for yawning and lots of jaw movement to process)
- Lead: WHITE treeline, 12′ length
Double Diamond Composite Flag
Horse Education Company Stick & String
The stick and string gives a longer reach than the flag and is also a helpful tool especially with exercises on a long line.
Dressage Naturally Reins
These reins have amazing feel and weight with easy to attach or quick detach leather buckles. I use the 10′ as my horse is small.
Basic Equine Health – Gut Health
A gut health line for horses that helps stabilize the PH of the hindgut and offset the damage done by stress, imbalance of grain/forage, NSAIDs and other contributing factors for equine ulcers and colic. Great products that really work at an affordable price. Best of all- it really works.
Pivo Rider Smart Video System
Looking for a smart video option to help you with your horse work that won’t break the bank? PIVO is a great deal that I use all the time with my tripod and it has outperformed my expectations at every turn. Set it up and it will follow you and video with your smartphone as you work. I have the SILVER model.
Balance International Functional Saddle System
Balance International (UK) has great articles on a constructive approach to saddle fit which is different from most traditional information. Their Functional Saddling System respects the way a horse needs to function to be healthy and sound. This has been a game changer for me and others I know who have taken it to heart.
Neuromuscular (Natural Balance) Dentistry
Neuromuscular horse dentistry, also known as Natural Balance Dentistry™, is dedicated to realigning the jaw to achieve optimal neuromuscular, proprioceptive and physical function in a horse’s whole body. Starting with the incisors, it provides guidance and stability to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), followed by adjustments to the molar table surface to provide anatomically correct inclination. Through these processes the horse gains a complete and natural movement of its jaw, balances the TMJ and maximizes surface-to-surface contact between teeth, allowing the horse to maintain or regain its full, natural bodily function.
Book: The Horse’s Voice How Kind can Horsemanship Become
The Horse’s Voice offers a long-awaited, in-depth look into the many different ways that horses communicate and express their inner thoughts and feelings. The author delves beyond behaviour and body language into aspects that are widely misunderstood, or commonly go unnoticed, in the equestrian world. She also gives practical ways to work with the horse physically to build balance and strength in the horse and examples to better understand what we see when we look at them.