True West Horsemanship - Ben Longwell
Ben Longwell - True West Horsemanship Ltd
What are some subjects covered in the Online Video Library?
We add new videos each month - below are a sample of some of the subjects covered in our subscription. For trailers of different subjects - please see our YouTube channel:

Counter Arc
Our video that details the Counter Arc groundwork exercise, including what you're looking for and how to break it down into smaller steps. This is with a horse that knows how to do it and shows how you can refine it and take the lateral movement in different directions.
Foal Handling
Our video Foal Handling 1 is the first session with a 3mo foal, introducing the halter and concepts of mental engagement, focus, pressure/release, yielding, forward motion, and willingness.
Intro to Lateral Work - Sidepass
After establishing independent control of the forequarters and hindquarters (covered in Combination Turn video), you are ready to begin introducing lateral work. The sidepass is closely related to the half pass. This video covers what you need to understand to begin and different approaches for varying horses and situations.
Riding Basics 1 - Seat
Details the use of the seat as the primary tool of communication for riding. Including the approach for go and stop, gait transitions, increasing/decreasing speed within the gait and changing the bend to shape direction.
Riding Basics 2 ~ Hands
Describes the use of the hands/reins from the saddle as the secondary cues to the seat and legs. Includes widely applicable details of position, technique, and purpose with a focus on asking for lateral and vertical flexion for suppleness and shaping direction and shortening of the spine.
Riding Basics 3 - Legs
Our video detailing the use of the legs in riding to refine our horse's movement and response. How to use the legs to increase communication and support the seat as the primary riding aid. Includes instruction on the three leg positions and exercises that focus on breaking down the steps to build better understanding.
Lateral Work Lesson
A lesson with a rider working on series of exercises to introduce and/or improve basic lateral maneuvers, including leg yield and shoulder in/out. Focus on factors such as forward motion and impulsion, coiling the loins, engaging the hind, shortening the spine, suppleness and collection. An exercise to help a horse begin to bring the hip into the bend for the start of haunches in or half pass.
Reactive Older Horse Lesson
Helping an older horse that's had a traumatic experience regain confidence and learn better response. Dealing with objects and distractions which challenge focus and responsiveness. Also an example of how to introduce the counter-arc and backup to a horse, two exercises that are helpful in a lot of problem solving situations.
The Stop & Backup
Our Stop & Backup video teaches on building and improving the stop and the back up, both as individual exercises and how to use them together to improve both. Includes instruction to increase your understanding of how to ride using your seat as the primary communication of signal for forward, slow and stop.
Serpentine & Figure 8
These are two extremely useful exercises that help develop coordination and communication in both horse and rider, as well as strengthening the horse for balancing on the bend and changing bends fluidly. Fantastic tool for the forward or busy horse rather than a rider fighting against it.
Combination Turn
Details the hidquarter yield (turn on forehand) and the forequarter yield (turn on hindquarter) individually. Then building into the combination of these two turns as a communications exercise for both the physical and mental development of your horse. A great tool to have handy for a horse that is more forward than you are wanting. Increases maneuverability for many practical applications.
Understanding Body Language
It's a common term, but what does it actually mean? Learn how to gain awareness to apply this form of communication that horses naturally understand. Mostly focused on groundwork, but the same principles apply from the saddle.
Response vs Reaction Lesson
A private lesson addressing the process of helping a reactive young horse learn the concepts of trust and response.Lots of valuable stuff addressed!
And so much more....
We have not included all the trailers or subjects here that are on our Online Video Library. More videos are made and added each month.

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