IN TUNE

A good training program is a result of good habits. Training is required not only for the advancement of skills, but to maintain the skills needed for a horse to continue doing what he already does well. A marathon runner needs to keep running to be able to continue to run marathons.

One of the principles of Taiji horsemanship is to ride with a purpose. The purpose can be to advance your horses training, maintain your horses level of training or to go on a trail ride for fun. Maintenance of training does not seem to be frequently discussed.

At our farm, we use four simple exercises done at walk, trot and canter to teach our horses to be more responsive, stay in shape and stay flexible. We use the same exercises with our young horses. And we do these exercises every time, we do ring work. PERIOD. All of these exercises are very simple exercises asked for with very basic use of the various riding aids. But the results of doing these simple exercises on a regular basis is quite significant.

We only move from doing the exercises at the walk to the trot and than to the canter, when the horses has mastered it at the slower gate. The nice thing is you and your horses can progress at a rate that is comfortable to you, while building a solid foundation of training.

If you stick with the Taiji roadmap and your horse is excellent is focused, lounges well, has had sensory training and you spent time developing your balance in the saddle, you have everything you need to insure a great experience. If there are any potholes in the road, like your horse isn’t focused or your horse isn’t relaxed, fix them with before mounting. If your horse is focused, comfortable in their environment and in tack and relaxed and you have worked to have balance in the saddle, than you should be able to be safely mounted on your horse and progress through these exercises to the extent that you feel comfortable, whether it is a just the walk or at all three gates.

The cool thing is that all of these exercises done at any gate will start to give your horse a great basic foundation for just being a safe enjoyable horse to ride or can also provide the foundation for riding bridleless, jumping, reining or higher level dressage.

Collection and higher level movements and activities require not only training, but also flexibility and conditioning of your horse. This is why complicated hardware has limited value in our program for general training and teaching collection. Collection can only be properly done, as a horse develops the muscling and flexibility needed for self carriage, which only happens with time and when the horses can balance independent of such devices. Our four simple exercises is a great foundation for developing both lateral and longitudinal strength, flexibility and responsiveness that is at the heart of true collection and more advanced tasks.

But as with sensory training, the biggest reason for having a solid flatwork routine for any horse whether they will be trail riding or jumping Grand Prix is for the health, safety and welfare of both the horse and rider. A responsive horse is far more desirable, enjoyable and safer than riding a horse with physical challenges or that is not responsive to your aids.

In our program IN TUNE we show you the very simple, easy to execute flatwork exercises that are at the heart of our training program. They aren’t complicated or mesmerizing, but when done consistently will give you a result that is quite impressive.
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The IN TUNE Pocket Guide

For each topic, we provide a little pocket guide. The pocket guide provides the ten steps in the presentation format for the topic being taught. In addition, we provide with keypoints for each of the step. You can take your pocket guide to the barn with you and there is even a place to take notes!
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Download the IN TUNE Pocket Guide (brochure) .
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The IN TUNE Team Taiji Quiz

At the end of each topic presentation. You can test your knowledge of the material. Completion of all of the quizzes for Introduction to Taiji Horsemanship, In Care and the “In Sync” Series earns you Certified Taiji Team member status!
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Take the Taiji Team Member IN TUNE Quiz .

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IN TUNE Video Training Tutorial

Click on any clip below and you will be directed to that clip!

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The IN TUNE Pocket Guide

For each topic, we provide a little pocket guide. The pocket guide provides the ten steps in the presentation format for the topic being taught. In addition, we provide with keypoints for each of the step. You can take your pocket guide to the barn with you and there is even a place to take notes!

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