Changing Track

Woes of Johnny Joe

Larry putting up with Johnny's antics. Did you know that the number one killer of the competitive careers of highly qualified riders is the lame horse? And that 60% of all horse conversations make reference to lameness. According to statistics,… continue reading ›


I have been in attendance of a few clinics in preparation for the Makeover Competition.  My entire focus right now is on strategy—who can help me find my horse, how I should train it, and what is the competition going… continue reading ›

Meet Johnny Joe

My makeover horse’s name is Johnny Joe. It’s kind of like the “Ricky Bobbie” of show jumping—two plain names combined to make a working class animal with a split personality.  When I dreamed of a horse, I dreamed of a… continue reading ›

I'm a Horse Whisperer

I have been kicked seriously by horses—the majority of times while body clipping. Permanent disability has narrowly missed me multiple times and I consider this a part of my good fortune in the horse business. I am 54 and still… continue reading ›

The 4’6” Cavaletti

The De Nemethy Method was used in the late 60’s and 70’s as the training style for American Show Jumping and is based on a simple exercise—the 4’6” trotting caveletti, where caveletti or poles are set four-and-a-half feet apart. This… continue reading ›

Team Peri Whan

Over the past couple of weeks my ducks have started to line up. Unfortunately it turned out to be a false start, which is discouraging, but it does make for a good story, so I will tell it here. My… continue reading ›

Window Shopping

(This horse, William Z, was named after my father. I started him as a 3-year-old off the track and he became the prima ballerina of show jumping, winning numerous style awards and giving me my first crack at international competition. Thank goodness… continue reading ›

New Beginnings

I, Shaina Humphrey, was selected to train two off-the-track Thoroughbred for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover Project. Now what? When I signed up I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. A friend had contacted me by email, “I think you… continue reading ›

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  • Dressage Pro's Favorite Schooling Exercises
  • Improve Your Event Horse's Adjustability
  • Gadgets to Fix Common Rider Problems
  • Farm and Barn Pest Control

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