Borrow a Trainer

Become a better horseman today.

Need help perfecting your body position in time for the next big show? Having trouble understanding your horse’s ideal topline? Wondering what your horse is trying to tell you?

AQHA’s Borrow a Horse Trainer report, brought to you by The American Quarter Horse Journal, is packed with valuable information from the industry’s top trainers.

They’ll get you up to speed on rider posture, reading your horse, counter-canter, transitions, working straight, shortening and lengthening strides, lateral movements and much more.

Training Fundamentals

Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re doing the right things to train your horse. Many riders don’t understand the techniques for establishing proper riding position, maintaining self-carriage and gaining a level topline.

Do you know what it means to keep your horse “off the forehand?” Or why he should be “driving from behind?” If you don’t, it could be causing major problems for your horse.

Though this easy-to-read, 46-page, full-color manual, AQHA Professional Horsemen Carla Wennberg, Lynn Salvatori-Palm, Andy Moorman, Al Dunning, Patti Carter and Stephanie Lynn walk you through practical training practices to improve your horsemanship and your relationship with your horse.

The Borrow a Horse Trainer report is divided into 11 lessons:

  1. Correct Body Position
  2. Self-carriage
  3. Topline
  4. Reading Your Horse
  5. Bending
  6. Counter Canter
  7. Upward Transitions
  8. Downward Transitions
  9. Working Straight and Lengthening Strides
  10. Slowing and Shortening the Stride
  11. Lateral Movements

Each lesson includes a simple exercise that will help you and your horse communicate and perform better.

In “Lesson One,” learn how your position can either help or hurt your horse’s performance.

“My husband, Cyril (Pittion-Rossillon), tells the best story about balance and taking his 2-year-old nephew shopping at the mall. His nephew is into everything, and you can’t stop at all with him. The only way you can control him, if you didn’t bring a stroller, is to put him on your shoulders.

“But on your shoulders, he’s moving around, left and right, pulling your hair, trying to grab this and that, and you’re making all these adjustments with your feet to carry him. Now your neck muscles and shoulder muscles are getting sore, and soon all you’re doing is looking for a way to hurry up your shopping, go find a place to sit down and get him off your shoulders!

“That’s a good comparison for you and your horse if you as a rider are not balanced,” said AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm.

“Lesson Six” shows us how the counter-canter, not just being on the wrong lead, can improve cadence, flexibility and leads to greater collection and balance.

Finally, in “Lesson 11” we are introduced to simple lateral movements, which will improve your horse’s impulsion, straightness and directional response to the rider’s leg

By improving your position, building a stronger topline and encouraging self-carriage, you will progress in every aspect of your riding. No matter what discipline, English or western, everyone can benefit from reading Borrow a Horse Trainer.

Order Borrow a Horse Trainer today, and gain a wealth of knowledge from some of the greatest minds in the quarter horse industry. You can download it instantly and print it, or store it on your computer for future reading.

Want to learn more about training your horse?

“Cross Country with Curt Pate” places you in the front row of AQHA Clinician Pate’s clinics at AQHA Regional Experiences across the country.

For the past four years, AQHA has hosted Regional Experiences in locations throughout the United States. A wonderful outing for the whole family, Regional Experiences combine fun, competition and education for a unique event. At each stop, Pate provides a special opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about training their horses.

Order “Cross Country with Curt Pate” for $14.95. AQHA members get a discount.

Pate’s experience and natural talent with horses has helped him assist countless owners as they work through challenges with their animals. His low-stress approach to training has made his seminars a featured stop everywhere he’s taught for more than 10 years.

AQHA’s video crew followed Pate “cross country” as he brought his one-of-a-kind training seminar to all of the AQHA Regional Experiences. You’ll get a chance to see him tackling a host of training subjects at stops along the way.

Each of the clinics is unique, and the highlights from his Regional Experience workshops are assembled together for you on this DVD. You’ll see him work his training methods with a variety of horses and be a part of the question-and-answer sessions with horse owners just like you.

If you haven’t had a chance to see Curt’s clinics in person, this DVD is the next best thing. An ideal companion piece to his first DVD release, “Low-Stress Colt Starting,” this DVD will help you get the most from your horse as a partner.