The Art And Science of Teaching the Gaited Horse

The Art And Science of Teaching the Gaited Horse

By Mark Russell. Article published in the FOSH publication: The Sound Advocate in 2013. In my opinion every rider should have a grasp of basic equine biomechanics before saddling our horses or attempting to work them in hand. The horse moves prerequisitely as a whole...

Shaman

Shaman, by Katie Andraski, student, poet, horsewoman. Article published in The Huffington Post June 22nd, 2016 Shaman. That’s what I thought about Mark Russell. He may be laying his hands on the horses like any well trained body worker, adjusting horses where they are...
Champagne Bubble

Champagne Bubble

“Like a Champagne Bubble”. Students will often hear Mark say this about how to sit on their horses. What does this mean? In a nutshell; “the rider will ideally put more weight in the stirrup and on their thighs instead of their seat bones so as to distribute their...

Work in Hand

By Mark Russell. Article appearing in PRE Magazine Winter 2011. All horses, whether green or mature, benefit from time spent in hand. It is easier for the horse to learn relaxation, stretching, and flexion without the weight of the rider and in-hand work provides the...
The Bridle

The Bridle

By Mark Russell Article appearing in PRE Magazine Fall 2011 Building from the premise that the release builds trust; educating the horse to the bridle springs from our early work with the horse in the halter. If we have been successful in teaching our horse to respond...