Team LIFELINE Training Tips

CHRIS COX | CRAIG JOHNSON | JAMIE ZUIDEMA | JESS BERGANTZEL | LUKE JONES | PATRICK HEELEY | SHANNON VROEGH 

  

Jamie Zuidema

September 7, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Front End Exercises," from Jamie Zuidema as he explains the importance of keeping your horse engaged with forward motion.

August 22, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Western Pleasure Posture," from Jamie Zuidema as he shares his trick to help keep your body square and alleviate common issues with posture.

 
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Chris Cox

August 8, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Monitoring Your Horse’s Mouth," from Chris Cox as he explains how the health of your horse’s mouth can greatly impact the way he carries his bridle.

April 29, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Simple Steering & Guiding Exercises for Your Horse," from Chris Cox as he shows how to free up a horse’s front end and then move on to the hind end.

April 13, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Leading Your Horse Into A Stall,” from Chris Cox as he demonstrates the most effective method and how to safely remove the horse’s halter.

 
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Shannon Vroegh

July 27, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Exhibitor Number Placement," from Shannon Vroegh as she shares where and how exhibitor numbers should be placed.

July 20, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Showmanship Presentation," from Shannon Vroegh as she shows how to present yourself so you appear clean and polished.

July 13, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Showmanship Handling," from Shannon Vroegh as she gives pointers on proper positioning of your hands and arms in showmanship.

July 6, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Showmanship Preparation," from Shannon Vroegh as she demonstrates how to groom your horse and properly adjust the halter.

 
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Patrick Heeley

June 29, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Cues for the Lope & Jog," from Patrick Heeley as he explains his methodology for transitioning from jog to lope and back to jog again.

June 22, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Stirrup Length & Seat Balance," from Patrick Heeley as he shows how your legs should be relaxed in the stirrup and how to achieve proper balance on your horse.

June 17, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Leg Positioning," from Patrick Heeley as he demonstrates how to position your legs in order to best communicate with your horse.

June 8, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Western Pleasure Riding Position," from Patrick Heeley as he demonstrates basic body positioning when showing a horse.

May 31, 2016Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Selecting A Show Saddle," from Patrick Heeley as he explains the differences between seats of Western Pleasure saddles.

May 20, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “How to Show Saddle Your Horse," from Patrick Heeley as he demonstrates how to properly equip a horse for competition.

 
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Jess Bergantzel

March 23, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Transitions," from Jess Bergantzel as he advises why they shouldn’t be overlooked when performing in the trail class.

March 2, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Cadence & Pace," from Jess Bergantzel as he gives pointers on how to achieve a consistent rhythm and stride while performing the trot in the trail class.

January 29, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Crossing Poles at the Walk," from Jess Bergantzel as he instructs how to find correct spots when performing in the trail class.

January 13, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: "Approaching & Crossing A Pole," from Jess Bergantzel as he explains tactics to help visualize proper strides.

 
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Luke Jones

April 7, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Using a Mechanical Flag," from Luke Jones as he shares how to use the mechanical flag as a tool to train different body parts on a horse.

March 30, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Exposing Your Horse To Ropes," from Luke Jones as he demonstrates how to gradually increase a horse’s comfort level around ropes.

March 16, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Tack: Romal Reins," from Luke Jones as he explains how to properly hold these reins when showing a bridle horse.

March 9, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Tack: Adjustment of Reins," from Luke Jones as he advises how to determine the best length to ride split reins on a snaffle.

February 24, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Tack: Adjusting the Snaffle," from Luke Jones as he demonstrates what to look for so the snaffle engages properly and is not too tight.

February 17, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Tack: Adjusting the Bridle & Bit," from Luke Jones as he gives pointers on what to look for so the bit functions properly.

February 10, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Tack: Stirrup Length," from Luke Jones as he demonstrates how he adjusts stirrup length for different events such as roping, cow horse and cutting.

February 5, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Tack: Cow Horse Saddles," from Luke Jones as he gives an overview of how to properly prepare a saddle for Cow Horse tasks and events.

January 22, 2016: Watch Team LIFELINE Training Tip: “Tack: Roping Saddles," from Luke Jones as he gives an overview of how to properly prepare a horse for the task of roping.

 

Craig Johnson

December 2, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 25: “Using A Cow Simulator,” in which trainer Craig Johnson instructs how to desensitize your horse, plus shows tactics to use upon introduction.

November 18, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 24: “Defensive Body Movements,” in which Craig Johnson demonstrates how to adjust training strategies and prepare your horse to work a cow.

November 11, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 23: “Transitioning to Ranch Riding,” in which trainer Craig Johnson gives pointers on how to smoothly transition to Ranch Riding so your horse carries itself in a much more natural way.

November 4, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 22: “Opening & Closing Gates,” in which trainer Craig Johnson explains types of gate openings, plus gives pointers on distractions and mindset when performing the task.

October 28, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 21: “Preparing for Outside Circumstances,” in which trainer Craig Johnson demonstrates approaches you can take to make horses more tolerant of things beyond their control.

October 21, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 20: “Plan B Training Tactics,” in which Craig Johnson teaches how to better prepare a horse for pressure situations so he reacts to cues without resistance.

October 14, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 19: “Body Position & Speed,” in which Craig Johnson demonstrates how to tailor training and challenge your horse to not overreact to your body position.

October 7, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 18: “Backup Systems During Competition,” in which trainer Craig Johnson explains how to take information gained from an initial “under pressure” experience and develop backup systems in case Plan A fails during competition.

September 30, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 17: "Training Tip - ‘First Show’ Expectations,” in which trainer Craig Johnson advises that the first competition experiences for your horse should be kept low-pressure.

September 23, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 16: "Training Tip - Managing a Horse’s Anticipation,” in which trainer Craig Johnson demonstrates how to control negative anticipation while taking advantage of positive anticipation. 

September 16, 2015Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 15: "Training Tip - Preparing Your Horse For A Show,” in which trainer Craig Johnson explains the necessity of contouring your practice routine so transitions occur as they would at an actual show.

September 9, 2015Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 14: "Training Tip - Subtleties of Cues," in which trainer Craig Johnson discusses how to elevate a horse's basic understanding of cues.

September 2, 2015Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 13: "Training Tip - Fencing," in which trainer Craig Johnson talks fencing—when a horse learns to trust the fence, run straight at it and stop.

August 26, 2015Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 12: "Training Tip - Spinning Your Horse," in which trainer Craig Johnson discusses the necessity for a horse to maintain a certain level of respect for cues and to stay soft under speed during a spin.

August 19, 2015Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 11: "Training Tip - Duck on the Water," in which trainer Craig Johnson demonstrates a tactic that will allow your horse to carry himself in a more refined way by isolating the leg movements.

August 5, 2015Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 10: "Training Tip - Putting Your Horse on Offense in a Turn," in which trainer Craig Johnson teaches you how to tell when a horse is actively searching for that inside foot while performing a turn.

July 29, 2015Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 9: "Training Tip - Riding in an Indoor Arena," in which Craig Johnson talks about training a horse so he doesn't lean toward the walls or ride as if the fences are what's keeping him in.

July 22, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 8: "Training Tip - Teaching Your Horse to Run Controlled Circles," in which trainer Craig Johnson teaches you how to pick up speed from the lope and run circles, while helping your horse to remain calm and controlled.

July 15, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 7: "Training Tip - Loping Your Horse In A Circle," in which trainer Craig Johnson shows how he’s teaching Cat to lope a circle without actually steering with his reins, but instead by redirecting Cat until he finds the circle on his own.  

July 8, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 6: "Training Tip - Teaching Your Horse to Trot ... and Stop," in which trainer Craig Johnson demonstrates how to position yourself in the saddle so your horse will trot, and how to reposition yourself to slow your horse down. Plus, a bonus tip! Craig shows us his strategy for keeping his horses focused during a training session when there are many distractions.

July 1, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 5: "Training Tip - Introducing Trail Obstacles," in which trainer Craig Johnson shows an easy way to get your horse used to maneuvering obstacles on a trail ride.

June 24, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 4: "Training Tip - Why Use a Cavesson?," in which trainer Craig Johnson explains why he uses this piece of tack with every horse he trains, and also shows how he custom fits a headstall that is too long.

June 17, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 3: "Training Tip - Equine Ping-Pong," in which trainer Craig Johnson talks about how to get a balanced horse that can work well on both sides of its body.

June 10, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 2: "Training Tip - Horse Skills Assessment," in which trainer Craig Johnson demonstrates how to initially assess the skills of a horse before training begins.

June 2, 2015: Watch LIFELINE Challenge Episode 1: "Meet the Horses," in which trainer Craig Johnson introduces the two horses in the challenge, "Cat" and "Abby."