My Favorite Tools
Having the right tools and equipment can mean the slight difference between good communication and miscommunication. Below I have links to the tools I use and other information sources I've found helpful.
Balance International (UK) has great articles on a constructive approach to saddle fit which is different from most traditional information. Their Functional Saddling System respects the way a horse needs to function to be healthy and sound. This has been a game changer for me and others I know who have taken it to heart.
Neuromuscular horse dentistry, also known as Natural Balance Dentistry™, is dedicated to realigning the jaw to achieve optimal neuromuscular, proprioceptive and physical function in a horse’s whole body. Starting with the incisors, it provides guidance and stability to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), followed by adjustments to the molar table surface to provide anatomically correct inclination. Through these processes the horse gains a complete and natural movement of its jaw, balances the TMJ and maximizes surface-to-surface contact between teeth, allowing the horse to maintain or regain its full, natural bodily function.
The Horse's Voice: How Kind Can Horsemanship Become
The Horse's Voice offers a long-awaited, in-depth look into the many different ways that horses communicate and express their inner thoughts and feelings. The author delves beyond behaviour and body language into aspects that are widely misunderstood, or commonly go unnoticed, in the equestrian world. She also gives practical ways to work with the horse physically to build balance and strength in the horse and examples to better understand what we see when we look at them.