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Mastering the art of longeing horses

Horse Health: There is more to this form of training than going in circles

At its most basic level, longeing (pronounced lunging) is a seemingly simple exercise. It asks a horse to move in circles around a handler. However, execution of this exercise can be either very beneficial or very detrimental to the horse, depending on “how” it is done. How a horse carries its body as it travels […] Read more

Ernie Knibb atop Hot Rod at the Golden Age Heritage Horse show in Claresholm in August 2014. 
Knibb’s school for horse trainers is slated to open next spring.

Lethbridge horseman founds first equine-training college in Canada

Ernie Knibb is financing the $7.5-million project and expects to 
have the school up and running in late March or early April


It’s the first of its kind in Canada — and a labour of love for one Lethbridge-area horseman. Would-be horse trainers are already beating down Ernie Knibb’s door, and he hasn’t even opened the door to the Lethbridge Community Equine College. The private college, located just outside Lethbridge on Highway 25, will be the first […] Read more


Whoa — don’t rush in when buying your first horse

First-time horse buyers can be tripped up in many ways, says trainer Roy Sturgeon

Roy Sturgeon goes on Kijiji four or five times a day to find his next horse. And with the lifetime of horsemanship under his belt, he can afford to be a little less picky than the average buyer. “Most of the horses I buy, I buy thinking there’s some sort of hole in them that […] Read more

Trail riding offers horses in training a wide variety of physical and mental stimulation.

Too much practice doesn’t make perfect

Horse health: Like humans, horses are prone to repetitive 
strain injuries from doing one thing too often

Developing muscle memory through practice is important to learning a skill, yet overuse of muscles repeatedly in one particular way or pattern leads to musculoskeletal and nervous system debilitation. Too much practice can be as equally detrimental to performance as too little practice. “Specialized” movement patterns can become firmly entrenched in the musculoskeletal system, sacrificing […] Read more