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.

Knotty Girlz Halter

Stiff 2-knot halters 3/16" or 1/4" 

Check sizing chart, generally add 1-2" to OVERALL NOSEBAND

12' Treeline Lead

Freckers Saddlery has the best price. Must be 12' and choose white (black has a different feel)

Double Diamond Flag

Mary's Tack and Feed has the best price currently on the Double Diamond (Buck Brannaman) carbon fiber flag, this one has the best feel and is lightweight.

Lightweight Stick & String

Horse Education Company has a nice stick and string that is durable and lightweight.

Dressage Naturally Reins

By Karen Rohlf, these have become my favorite reins for weight and feel!

Easycare Flex

The shoes my horses have found the best stability and comfort are the Easycare Flex full metal heart bar with side clips. These are composite shoes with excellent hoof protection and concussion relief. 

Basic Equine Health

A gut health line for horses that helps stabilize the PH of the hindgut and offset the damage done by stress, imbalance of grain/forage, NSAIDs and other contributing factors for equine ulcers and colic. Great products that really work at an affordable price.

PIVO Rider

Looking for a smart video option to help you with your horse work that won't break the bank? PIVO is a great deal that I use all the time with my tripod and it has outperformed my expectations at every turn. I have the SILVER model.

Functional Saddling

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 Dentistry

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.