As I rejoined the horseworld, I began to look around the web for resources. This was a natural fit, having been a web developer for many years now. What I found was a lot of misinformation mixed in with a lot of gems. Some of these gems were a bit hidden, at least at the time I found them. Since the great strength in the internet is sharing information, I give you this list of my favorite resources.
Epona.tv – started by two former equestrian journalists, this was my salvation from a Dressage world I did not recognize. They have been responsible for publicizing photos and videos of blue-tongue and rollkur abuses. You can read the blog entries for free, but the extensive video library will cost something to view. I started as a monthly subscriber, but found so much value in the professionally done, educational videos (topics cover health, training, behavior and welfare issues) that I changed to annual.
SustainableDressage – I actually uncovered this through a review in an Art2Ride video (see below). She has done an excellent job of writing and imagery to support classical dressage theories. It was one of the first resources I found that spoke of the Dressage that I had learned, that bears no resemblance to most of what you see in top competition today.
Art2Ride on YouTube – I don’t remember how I discovered Will Faerber, it might have been someone’s Facebook post, but I spent many a lunch hour watching his videos as I tried to reconnect with my dormant knowledge. I don’t agree with all of his approaches – I don’t use side reins for lunging, and I think he sometimes emphasizes unnecessarily low stretches – but over all he’s one of the better ones out there. I’m hoping someday to find a clinic, since we live in the same state (albeit at opposite ends). Will also offers video critiques for a small fee – for information, see their website.
Ben Hart’s Horsemanship, Shaping plans – I first encountered Ben in a series of videos on Epona.tv. I really like his behavioral approach to horses, much more natural than anything the “Natural” Horseman do. When I was faced with Noble’s issues, I found Ben’s shaping plans to be just what I needed to give me focus. Ben will also do consulting calls on problem behavior, and has recently started a series of webinars.
Pottoka Piorna – an ethology based site, they particularly follow activity in studying the Pottoka (Basque ponies) on a large preserve where their natural behaviors are observed and documented. They also post many interesting items on behavior – animal and human.