The Principles of Training​

The Principles of Training will empower you with the knowledge of how all horses learn.  Beyond methods and techniques, by understanding the underlying principles, you will be able to grasp horse training at a level that most horse owners don’t.

Groundwork with a 3 year old warmblood

This playlist shows the desensitizing and sensitizing sessions with a 3 year old Hanoverian mare who was quite anxious and flighty. Because she was this way we started with Desensitizing, if your horse is the opposite, start with sensitizing. 

Creating Connection

In addition to relaxation, creating connection with your horse ensures that the training you commence with is faster and easier.

Dixie - The Entire Process

Focus for Relaxation

Please watch the intro video, it is full of great information.

Achieving your horse’s focus is the “holy grail”.  Warwick originally put up the Focus & Balance exercises after going to so many clinics where horses were running over their owners or just didn’t know the owners were alive.  FAB is a driving exercise.  Good for those who want to walk all over you, but can have some side effects like shut down.  The new drive and draw exercises work better for the majority of horses.

Focus and Bend

Please watch the intro video, it is full of great information.

Focus & Bend (new FAB) is an exercise if you cannot get your horses Focus easily. The Focus & Bend 2.0 is an exercise that everyone should do.

Other Groundwork that Prepare you to Ride including Saddling

Getting ready to ride, you must go through the saddling process. Here Warwick shows you on a couple of different horses how the saddling process went and what you might encounter.

First Rides

These videos are the BASICS of first rides.  There are several more videos on Riding in the Additional Videos – the videos in these sub-playlists are the BASICS only.


The first rides on Elroy are a great example of how easy it goes when all of the groundwork was done thoroughly and done well. Warwick does have a helper in these videos.


These first ride videos includes saddling and riding of Albert, a quiet, lazy horse.

Lateral Flexion

These videos talk about lateral flexion under saddle. It is very important to perfect this early on.

Bending for Relaxation

Bending for relaxation is an exercise under saddle that creates a tool of relaxation when you put a bend in your horses body.

Basic Body Control

These videos show the progressions through the ridden exercises and increase in difficulty through to the flying lead change.  There are additional videos in the ADDITIONAL VIDEOS playlists.