Charles Wilhelm Articles and Videos

{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} sage and toby Handling a Horse That is Nervous at Shows Charles Wilhelm I received a question about a really nice thoroughbred off the track that does really well at home shies at everything when he is taken to a show. He is quiet at home but very nervous when Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm The Warm Up Charles Wilhelm Regardless of the discipline in which you ride, warm up time is important. Whether you ride for performance or leisure, the warm up routine should be the same. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm Accepting Bad Behavior Charles Wilhelm I remember growing up and hearing that we must use light hands and not pull on our horses. However, when we kept our hands light on the reins, we did not necessarily communicate with the hor Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm Feel and Timing Charles Wilhelm One of the current topics of discussion and an important part of horsemanship is timing and feel. For me it is more correct to say feel and timing. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm More on Western Dressage Charles Wilhelm Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about western or cowboy dressage. I have also seen comments on Face book regarding making it a discipline. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Balanced Horse Western Dressage Charles Wilhelm There have been many articles about western, or as I call it, cowboy dressage, by individuals well known in the western world. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} tarp The Need for De-Spooking Charles Wilhelm An interesting fact about horses is that while they can seem so smart and appear to learn so fast when we are consistent with them, the flight instinct can take over quickly. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm Can all horses be trained? Charles Wilhelm For over 30 years now I have specialized in working with problem horses and starting colts. I do have horses here at the barn that are shown in Western Pleasure, Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm The Importance of Communication With Your Horse and Trainer Charles Wilhelm In communication with your horse, one of the first things to understand is that the horse thinks differently and speaks a different language than you do. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Sage and Toby The Importance of a Solid Forward Cue Charles Wilhelm I believe that the forward cue is the most misunderstood and misused of the riding cues. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Balanced Horse Balance and Collection Charles Wilhelm We often hear the words “balance” and “collection” along with a variety of methods of achieving these goals for our horses. There are many different opinions on this broad subject and the Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm on Sophia What is a “Broke Horse?” - Part II Charles Wilhelm Last month we talked about some of the problems horses can exhibit and the different standards that are applied to determine a “broke horse.” We discussed what a broke horse is not: Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Charles Wilhelm on Sophia What is a “Broke Horse?” Charles Wilhelm We hear the term broke horse and sometimes it has a negative connotation as if it is describing a horse with a broken in spirit. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Sage and Toby What it Means to Train a Horse Using Dressage Principles Charles Wilhelm Last month we covered the need for a solid forward cue, a responsive stop, a smooth back up, follow through and consistency. These are basic training principles needed for any discipline. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Sage and Toby Feeding Treats Charles Wilhelm While I am not against feeding treats, I do think it is more appropriate and safer for treats to be put in a bucket rather than be given by hand. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} training fork adjust too short Why Do We Need All The Gadgets? Charles Wilhelm I think there is a lot of misconception about the many, many types of equipment available. There is a lot of equipment out there that we might not have a need for or want to use, or we might Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Sage and Toby Finding the Horse that is Right for You Charles Wilhelm There are many things to consider when you decide to buy a horse. There is a lot involved in owning a horse. You need to know what you may expect from horse ownership and the many responsibi Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} The Six Things I Always do When I Ride Charles Wilhelm Every time I get on a horse there are always six areas that I work on. This is true for both a horse that has just come in for training and for a finished horse. Every time I get on I work Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Riding With Light Hands Charles Wilhelm I remember growing up and hearing that we must always ride with light hands and not pull on our horses. But what if the horse does not respond to a light rein and he pulls the reins through Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Mariah & Jess in the parade The Super Horse Charles Wilhelm A super horse is simply a horse that is versatile; it is a horse that can perform well in many areas. A super horse works well in the arena, goes safely out on the trail, Read More
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