Horseman's Academy Podcast

Horseman's Academy Podcast

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Exercises, tips and ideas for the Thinking Horseman. Practical advice with a touch of provocation. At Lundahl Performance, we believe in making advanced horsemanship accessible. Through the Horseman's Academy Podcast, we're shedding light on our own experiences, while helping others pursue higher achievement in the arena and out on the trail.
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Exercises, tips and ideas for the Thinking Horseman. Practical advice with a touch of provocation. At Lundahl Performance, we believe in making advanced horsemanship accessible. Through the Horseman's Academy Podcast, we're shedding light on our own experiences, while helping others pursue higher achievement in the arena and out on the trail.

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LIVE Facebook Q&A
Audio from our 'Ask Me Anything' broadcast on Facebook. We fielded multiple listener questions and gave away free LPH merchandise! 
1:28:43
July 23, 2019
Episode 37 - Teaching a Horse to be Trained On
Escape and avoidance of pressure is something all horses will do naturally; using the reactive side of their brain instead of thinking their way through a training scenario. If not addressed, horses will develop chronic habits of resistance when exposed to the least amount of pressure. Hypersensitive horses are often fearful and worried about pressure itself. Instead of slowing down and thinking their way out of a bind, they look for ways to shirk pressure and run away from the rider's hands and legs. Dull, lazy or bad-minded horses often interpret any amount of pressure as the beginning of a fight. They brace themselves for a struggle instead of thinking about yielding to pressure and finding a release that way.  In this episode, Jake and Amy discuss two horses whose personalities are polar opposites: A hypersensitive nervous filly, and a dull resistant gelding. Using these horses as examples, the clinicians dive into the different tactics and methods you can employ to create better mental habits around exposing your horse to pressure, and the training process itself. 
49:44
July 8, 2019
Episode 36 - Introducing Amy Keegel
Jake sits down with trainer & clinician Amy Keegel, the newest member of the Lundahl Performance team, to discuss some key moments and lessons learned during her journey to become a professional horsewoman. Our sponsor for this episode is Drinking Post Waterers! Learn more about Drinking Post and register to win a Frost Free Automatic Waterer by visiting www.drinkingpost.com/projecthorse !
46:00
April 28, 2019
Schooling Pen: Ranch Horse Tune-Up
Jake answers a question from Stephanie, who wants to compete more successfully in ranch riding, obstacle course and trail competitions with her 10yo ranch-bred quarter horse gelding. Topics covered:  Bending Transitions exercise Bend & Draw Transitions exercise Jogging circles with vertical flexion Loping & Steering exercise Speed control during steering and transitions Steering & Softening two-handed vs. one-handed
27:54
April 28, 2019
Episode 34 - Thoughts on Curb Bit Progression
So you're ready to graduate out of the snaffle... now what? In this episode we present a general overview of the tried-and-true shank bits we turn to when advancing our horses.  Our sponsor for this episode is Drinking Post Waterers! Learn more about Drinking Post and register to win a Frost Free Automatic Waterer by visiting www.drinkingpost.com/projecthorse !
26:36
April 13, 2019
Episode 33 - Spooky Horse Groundwork & Hobbling Outline
Groundwork exercises and tips for spooky horses, and a basic gestalt of our hobbling regimen.  1:51 - Spooky Horse Groundwork Segment 39:47 - Hobbling Outline Segment 1:00:33 - Sponsor Segment & Closing Thoughts Our sponsor for this episode is Drinking Post Waterers! Learn more about Drinking Post and register to win a Frost Free Automatic Waterer by visiting www.drinkingpost.com/projecthorse !
1:02:47
March 30, 2019
Episode 32 - Spectrum of Pressure & Foal Training Outline
We contrast two different horses; one encountered at a recent clinic, and another that's been in training with Lundahl Performance for several weeks. We discuss when tiptoeing around issues and taking baby steps is appropriate, and when it's time to scale up the intensity and your expectations for your horse. We then answer a listener question regarding the correct timeline for Foal, Weanling & Yearling training; and how much imprinting and exposure young horses actually need.   Our sponsor for this episode is Drinking Post Waterers! Learn more about Drinking Post and register to win a Frost Free Automatic Waterer by visiting www.drinkingpost.com/projecthorse ! 
1:01:47
March 16, 2019
Episode 31 - Mental Reset Button, Lunging Fix & Mecate vs. Leather Reins
Making strategic use of suppling exercises at the jog will greatly improve the way your horse operates at the lope. Luke discusses this and fields listener questions about establishing direction vs. impulsion on the lunge line, and when it's time to graduate from mecate reins to leather split reins. 
31:20
March 9, 2019
Episode 30 - Two Year Old Reviews Part 3
 We detail our training of 4 select two-year-old reining horses during 2018; the unique challenges each one presented, and the progress they made. In Part 3 we recap our experiences with "Cobra," a 2016 gelding; and "Kia," a 2016 filly.
46:20
February 9, 2019
🔥Xtra: Uncovering a Habitual Fight Under Saddle
Groundwork is important, but there are some problems under saddle that can fly under the radar until they're fully provoked. In this Xtra, Luke answers a listener question regarding Part 2 of the Two Year Old Reviews (Episode 29). He elaborates on the reality of uncovering an issue under saddle that groundwork wouldn’t have exposed, but can help solve.
20:27
January 31, 2019
🔥Xtra: Horsemen's Academy Innovation & Inspiration
Success leaves clues. We look up to many successful people and draw inspiration from their accomplishments. But on an organizational level, none compare to the team-building and innovation of Hendrick Motorsports. Being racing fans ourselves, we've long wanted to emulate this idea of bringing motivated people together to achieve great things. In this Xtra, Jake delves into a few examples of Hendrick leadership and innovation, and the lessons we can apply in the horse world. 
19:43
January 29, 2019
Episode 29 - Two Year Old Reviews Part 2
We detail our training of 4 select two-year-old reining horses during 2018; the unique challenges each one presented, and the progress they made. In part 2 we detail our experience with "Denali," a 2016 mare sired by Shiner's Voodoo Dr.
52:58
January 29, 2019
Episode 28 - Two Year Old Reviews Part 1
We detail our training of 4 select two-year-old reining horses during 2018; the unique challenges each one presented, and the progress they made. In part 1 we detail our experience with "Shooter," a 2016 stallion owned by Lundahl Performance. 
50:51
January 11, 2019
2018 Highlights & Horsemen's Academy Launch
We recap standout moments from 2018, preview our upcoming episodes, and reveal our Hosemen's Academy project. 
41:19
January 1, 2019
Exercise Snapshot: Turning Around on the Foot
This episode features audio from our Horsemen's Academy Course video on the exercise: Turning Around on the Foot. The Horsemen’s Academy is our collaborative learning project where we supplement real-world lessons and mentorship with digital media, including video lessons. We hope you enjoy this audio snapshot of this essential exercise.
31:35
December 14, 2018
Roundtable Discussion on Respect
Jake & Luke sit down with special guest Anna to discuss several key learning curves that green horsemen encounter, on the subjects of horse psychology and gaining their horses' respect.
54:42
December 14, 2018
Episode 27 - Falling Apart at the Show
"He doesn't act like this at home, I swear!" Fair enough, but if we haven't instilled a 'showing' mindset in ourselves and our horses through effective schooling, we can't really be surprised when everything falls apart under pressure. If we want a horse to step up to the plate, shoulder some responsibility and become a dependable teammate we can rely on when the chips are down, we have to transition from a "teaching" stage to a "do it now" stage at some point in our program. Whether we're conquering obstacles or dialing in our maneuvers, we have to eventually step up our demands; challenging the horse to stay mentally engaged while respecting our judgement and leadership. If we don't have this mutual trust established, then we'll always struggle away from home or when the elements change. It's not a matter of IF we get chumped... it's a matter of when and how bad! So how do we avoid such scenarios? In this episode we detail our thoughts on that, and the practical steps we can take to evolve out of the 'teaching' mindset and start thinking like confident and effective showmen.
1:00:21
October 28, 2018
Episode 26 - Facebook Q&A
We field multiple training and behavioral questions from Facebook.
34:08
October 15, 2018
Episode 25 - Problems During the Rundown & Stop
We offer a different take on buddy sour behavior between two horses and how, with some help and a little creativity, you can firmly put the issue to rest. Then we delve into some common mistakes during the rundown and the sliding stop itself, and how to correct them. We continue on our theme of rundowns and stops by talking about three specific problems that typically surface throughout the course of training. Regardless of what steps we take to address problems that may arise, the fact remains. Once our horse’s confidence with the rundown and stop is firmly established, we can start refining and correcting issues within these maneuvers without overwhelming him.
47:31
September 15, 2018
🔥Xtra: Herd Work Confidence Issues Re-Examined
We've had multiple questions from cutting and cow horse owners facing similar problems with colts being fractious and mentally 'lost' during herd work sessions. Having addressed each problem specifically, we wanted to step back and expand on the overall mindset angle: How to approach these issues and go about correcting a horse that's fallen into such reactive habits. In this Xtra we stress the importance of challenging your horse to mentally engage and commit to his job; in your warmup sessions, on a day-to-day training level, and as part of a long-term development strategy to cultivate habits of 'mental softness' and respect in young horses.
23:54
September 4, 2018
Episode 24 - Fencing Two Year Olds
Maintaining our approach of methodically building a young horse’s confidence, we detail how and when we start fencing our two year old performance horses. We kick off the episode with a question on hard-to-catch horses, and a creative way of establishing good catching habits within a group. Then we detail how to set your young horse up for success and advance his stopping program further with Fencing – the quintessential schooling exercise.
43:26
August 21, 2018
Episode 23 - Groundwork Priorities, Buddy Sour Fix & Rundown Exercises
If a horse is running over top of you while you're trying to desensitize him, take a step back and examine whether the issue at hand is really fear, or a lack of respect. In this episode we deal with a horse that seems fearful AND disrespectful at the same time. We discuss what’s really going on under the surface, and where your priorities are from a training perspective. We also detail how we like to correct buddy sourness on the trail and instill good mental habits in a horse. Finally, we continue our series on advanced stops by discussing the "Cigar Exercise" for rundowns, and how to structure your rides throughout the week to build confidence and skill in young performance horses!
33:38
August 12, 2018
Episode 22 - Troubleshooting Hip Control & Advanced Stops Part 4
When a horse isn't truly soft or broke through the body, effective troubleshooting becomes nearly impossible. Cherry-picking exercises like yielding the hindquarters, to suit an immediate need in a maneuver that's falling apart, will only lead to more trouble and expose the holes in your horse's foundation. We discuss this pitfall many riders find themselves in, and continue our Advanced Stopping series with tips for introducing a light draw on the reins during the stop.
33:10
August 5, 2018
🔥Xtra: Green Horse Rundowns
On a young or inexperienced horse, we introduce rundowns in a methodical way that builds the horse's confidence. Expanding on the preparatory work we've done with stopping off the word "whoa" and a light draw on the reins, we'll begin using transitions to build habits of softness and responsiveness during the rundown phase itself.
21:31
August 5, 2018
🔥Xtra: Learning From The Best
Watching how the world’s best horses and riders operate can dramatically shift your perspective. In this episode we break down a rare opportunity we had to observe a world-class stallion’s transition between two vastly different programs, and the areas of added emphasis or refinement he needed to become a great reining horse.
32:40
July 17, 2018
Episode 21 - Correct Headset & Advanced Stops Part 3
You’ve got the horse committed to stopping on “whoa” and dragging his ass both on and off the fence. Now it’s time to boost his confidence further by adding some speed. In this episode we discuss the transitional phase between a ‘Skills & Drills’ mindset and a ‘Maneuver’ mindset. Once the horse’s confidence at speed is built up, we can finally start drawing him into the ground for real; working on rundowns and stops specifically. Prior to the Advanced Horsemanship 101 segment, we address concerns about headset and offer our philosophy on head carriage and collection issues.
40:18
July 5, 2018
Episode 20 - Saddling Colts & Advanced Stops Part 2
It’s important that a horse’s first experience with the saddle goes well. Recently we brought a 3-year-old with a serious bucking habit into our program. Using this horse’s example to provide context, we discuss our views on saddling colts; how we avoid creating bad habits with the saddle, and how we’re fixing the consequences of a saddling process gone wrong. We also continue our Advanced Horsemanship 101 series on stops; detailing additional drills to get the horse stopping well off the fence and prepare him for a true sliding stop.
41:04
June 22, 2018
Schooling Pen: Horse Has Sticky Feet
[Colt Starting] Why it’s important to lope young horses a lot and get them moving out consistently under saddle, and what to do if your horse is getting lazy, sluggish, pissy or resentful when asked to hustle their feet.
13:29
June 20, 2018
Episode 19 - Aggressive Horses & Advanced Stops Part 1
We provide solutions for dealing with an aggressive horse beating up his herd-mates in the pasture, and what to do if your horse becomes aggressive or dominant toward nearby horses under saddle. Then in our Advanced Horsemanship 101 segment, we discuss using rollbacks on the fence to teach the horse to stop on “Whoa” and engage his hind end. We highlight the reasons why the turnaround – not the backup – is your best asset when teaching a horse to fully commit to the stop.
41:04
June 11, 2018
🔥Xtra: Why One Rein Stops are Misunderstood
The One Rein Stop is a simple foundational exercise. Why do some horse owners misunderstand its purpose and take it wildly out of context? Because they're teaching it with the wrong goals in mind. And that's not their fault, either! In this podcast Xtra we provide a definite explanation of the One Rein Stop; its practical purpose and where it factors in to a horse's overall progression. We explain why it's only effective in certain contexts at a specific stage of a horse's training, and why it gets misapplied so often.
15:19
June 5, 2018
Episode 18 - Cinchy Horses & Moving Beyond One Rein Stops
We discuss potential causes of cinchy behavior when saddling a horse, and how to address them. We also preface our upcoming Horsemanship 101 series on stops and backups, by highlighting the importance of moving beyond the one rein stop. We recount our own experiences as novice horsemen, and our misconceptions about what a true stop is, and how our mindset has evolved.
38:08
May 29, 2018
🔥Xtra: Confidence Clinic
Control breeds confidence, and confidence breeds success with horses. In this Podcast Xtra, we lay out our philosophy on confidence clinics, becoming a more capable rider, and why we center our clinics on exercises that give participants more control of their horses.
14:16
May 29, 2018
Episode 17 Special - Checking A Horse Back
In this extra-length special episode, we take the time to discuss our ideas on the controversial practice of 'checking' a horse with the bridle on the ground. We provide full context on what we believe is the best way to approach this subject correctly, and where trainers can go wrong in misapplying or abusing it. This is one of the most important and controversial topics we've covered yet, and this statement toward the end of the episode sums up our ideas perfectly: “This has been our goal from the beginning. We set out to bring hard-hitting info that lets people who want to improve their horsemanship fundamentals, or have performance horse aspirations, get a fair shake at looking ‘under the hood’ of what really gets done behind the scenes to make great horses. And this is an example of something that if done smart, and done correct, can be a great asset to a well-rounded training program.”
1:42:20
May 21, 2018
Schooling Pen: Horse Doesn't Stop on the Trail
[Training On The Trail] How to correct a poor stop and what to do if your horse consistently ignores your cues.
09:52
May 16, 2018
Episode 16 - Splint Boots & Types of Rein Pressure
We address the needless worry some horse owners have over the effects of splint boots on a young horse's legs. We also continue our discussion about steady vs. driving pressure on the reins, and why we strive for a balance of the two in our program.
35:58
May 15, 2018
Episode 15 - Acceptance of Pressure & Backing Angles
We give a brief update on the Project Horse string and our new addition to the fold. We talk about this new horse's training, the problems he brings to the table, and how we're fixing them. Then in our Advanced Horsemanship 101 segment we continue the discussion on backing that we started in the previous episode; talking about backing circles, backing angles, and how to refine your horse's backup overall.
35:42
May 6, 2018
🔥Xtra: The Two Stages of Horse Training
It's important to focus initially on lateral softness, getting the horse supple and broke through the body, and softening him off your hands and legs. But after awhile you recognize the importance of maintaining a little bit of stiffness in exchange for greater confidence & control.
18:43
May 6, 2018
Episode 14 - Lead Departures & Backing Circles
We give our thoughts on when, and how, to introduce a green horse to lead departures. In our Advanced Horsemanship 101 segment, we discuss the benefits of Backing Circles and why we believe it's a valuable exercises.
32:53
April 28, 2018
Schooling Pen: Horse Dives In On The Circle
[Reining] What to do if your horse is always dropping their inside shoulder and rib cage when running circles.
11:00
April 26, 2018
Schooling Pen: Horse Doesn't Take Lunging Seriously
[Groundwork] What to do if your horse is in a bad habit of starting every lunging session by bucking, squealing and racing around instead of giving you their attention and respect.
08:56
April 26, 2018
Episode 13 - Confused Loping & Lead Changes Part 2
We explain why the Passenger Lesson and Confused Loping exercises are so important, both on green colts and older horses that are lacking foundation. Then in our continuing Advanced Horsemanship 101 series, we continue the discussion on lead changes by including an excerpt from our SoundCloud playlist on the subject.
32:41
April 21, 2018
Episode 12 - Lead Changes Part One
We discuss the importance of having a consistent, dilligent, purposeful mindset when developing green horses; why it's crucial to avoid being lulled into a false sense of security and taking initial ease of progress at face value. Then in our continuing Advanced Horsemanship 101 series, we introduce some of the key exercises we like to accomplish in preparation for flying lead changes.
38:57
April 13, 2018
🔥Xtra: Dogs, Elephants & Horses
'Positive Reinforcement' -- A better alternative, or bribery? In this Podcast Xtra we talk about predator vs. prey and horse vs. human psychology, and why we should avoid projecting our own values and emotions onto the horse.
28:09
April 13, 2018
Episode 11 - Riding With Confidence & Balanced Stops
Most novice riders struggle with a lack of confidence at some point. We explain why it's crucial not only to leave your comfort zone and do challenging exercises that increase your control of the horse, but to have the right horse to begin with. We also build on our last Advanced Horsemanship 101 segment, and provide tips for getting a more controlled and balanced stop from your horse.
38:27
April 6, 2018
Episode 10 - Cowhorse Mentality 101
We talk more in-depth about the Bend & Draw Exercise, and in Part 2 of our Advanced Horsemanship 101 Series, we explain the best overall approach to building a horse's confidence on cattle, and why tracking is often a waste of time at best, and detrimental to your horse's performance at worst.
38:17
March 30, 2018
🔥Xtra: Taking Full Responsibility
A long-term mindset is crucial for success as a young horseman. Playing the marathon, not the sprint, is always the best strategy.
15:04
March 30, 2018
Episode 9 - Bridling, Balance, Bend & Draw
We discuss bridling a head-shy horse, and in Part 1 of our Advanced Horsemanship 101 Series, we lay down a concise explanation of collection - or balance - and our thoughts on transitioning from a foundation mindset to a more advanced level. We touch on "Bend & Draw"; a crucial exercise on the border between a strict focus on lateral flexion, and a focus on body control and maneuvers.
37:34
March 23, 2018
🔥Xtra: Suffocate Your Excuses
As a horse owner you have a choice: Excuse away your horse's problems, while playing mind games with yourself being an eternal 'victim of circumstance'. Or step up and be a leader.
09:30
March 19, 2018
Episode 8 - Stop Being a Non-Factor
We cover several topics relating to respect, and the importance of asserting your leadership role when working with your horse. We cover what to do when your horse won't stand still to be saddled, how to overcome repeated spooking under saddle, and how to deal with a 2-year-old that's struggling and putting up resistance.
32:36
March 16, 2018
🔥Xtra: An Example of Real Mentorship
As a trainer or clinician you have a choice: Be a true leader and mentor for your clients and students, or be negative and conceited.
13:33
March 15, 2018
Episode 7 - Bits, Rein Position, Troubleshoot the Sidepass
We talk about our theory on bits, rein position, and how these things translate toward the goal of riding your horse one-handed. We also troubleshoot a 2-year-old filly that's struggling with the side pass.
29:55
March 9, 2018
🐴Project Horse Podcast Episode 6
In this episode we recap our recent Stock Horse Fundamentals clinic in Lockhart, TX. We discuss what our goals for the clinic were, our mindset going in, and some of the key exercises we covered.
1:30:53
March 1, 2018
🐴Project Horse Podcast Episode 5
In this episode we discuss why it's important to have the right goals in mind when round-penning your horse, and the potential dangers of letting a horse into your personal space too quickly. We also recap a training question about an out-of-control trail horse that had a few people stumped online. We give our answers and provide advice to young professionals like ourselves on how to handle similar questions. Finally we continue our discussion on how we incorporate bending and transitions into many areas of our training program, and the results we've seen thus far.
1:20:21
February 27, 2018
🔥Xtra: Propaganda vs. Reality
As up-and-coming horsemen we know what it's like to have trainers insult your intelligence and hold your progress back because "you're just not ready." When in fact, people will often rise to the occasion if you just give them a chance. Our upcoming Stock Horse Fundamentals clinic is really a case study on the following idea: Why not use audio, video, and written content to supplement the clinic itself? Let's use the clinic as a cornerstone from which to create tons of follow-up content; turbo-charging the improvement everyone makes in the clinic, and creating a more well-rounded and productive experience overall.
13:22
February 8, 2018
🔥Xtra: The RIGHT Foundation
What's the biggest factor in advancing your horse from the basics to a higher level of performance? MINDSET. Figure out the direction you want to go, and start planting those seeds early. This is a key part of our mentality as trainers, and the primary mission in our interactions with customers: Zero in on your end goal -- what you really want to do with your horse -- and develop a complete game plan to get you there. Helping you bridge the gap between where you're at now and where you want to be. Not selling you on a one-size-fits-all foundation program, and saying, "Get this accomplished, then get back to me." You don't put an NFL player and a soccer mom on the same fitness regimen. Just like you don't start a trail horse and a reiner the same way. Some core concepts will translate, yes, but since the desired results are very different, the programs for getting there will be different from day 1.
06:28
February 8, 2018
🐴 Project Horse Podcast Ep.4
Project Horse Podcast Ep.4 - February 6th 2018 // Introduction // Getting a Green Horse Loped Out // Using Rollbacks & Bending Transitions to Develop Speed Control // Intro to Neck Reining
1:17:41
February 6, 2018
🐴Project Horse Podcast Episodes 1 thru 3
Project Horse Podcast
1:53:04
February 4, 2018
🔥Xtra: Turnarounds w/Tangle
Mental breakthrough with a horse struggling to spin correctly.
10:57
February 4, 2018
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