New Videos on YouTube! 1 of 3

Happy Spring Everyone!

For those of you that don’t follow us on Facebook, we thought we’d share a few short videos with you here.

The first one is showing some great ground play and warm-up exercises with Geo, Jonathan’s Canadian Warmblood.  Don’t be afraid to get your energy up with your horse – it’s an important teaching tool as well as being just plain fun for both of you.  Enjoy!

Jonathan and Geo Getting Ready to Ride

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Q&A – Weight in Movement?

weightinmovement2Jonathan was recently asked a very interesting question by a student and wanted to share…

Question:  “I was reading Alois Podhajsky and am wondering if the question “Where does the rider’s weight go on lateral moves?” has historically been answered differently in English/western disciplines.  My recollection is that in Craig Cameron’s cow horse book he says that he has never seen a horse not do better when the inside is weighted freeing up the outside leg to move in the direction of movement.

Alois says “When the weight of the body is transferred into the direction of the lateral movement, it will support the effect of the outside leg because the horse will try to step under the centre of gravity of the rider.  A man carrying another on his shoulder will step to the left side and not to the right if the burden leans to the left”.  I think I saw something similar in Klimke’s book.”

Answer:  This is a great question and it isn’t just a simple answer one-way or the other.  I actually see it in stages where both answers are correct with one important point.  I find that moving to the inside or the outside is very slight in either case.

This is how I go about it:Weight in Movement1

The first stage is teaching the horse to simply move over laterally (sideways).  He is just learning and has very little self-carriage at this time.  Think of it like you’re standing still with no power in your body.  When you want to move left, you need to take your weight to the right foot to free up the left foot to move over.  In this case you are slightly off the side you are moving towards.

Second stage is one where a horse is in self-carriage and has power.  If you were to sprint forward with power, you would lean into the direction of travel slightly.  Or if you were a basketball player moving quickly to the left, you need to lean in that direction to get there. That would help you power with the outside leg. But more importantly, it would allow you to go fast in balance.  In this case you are leaning towards the direction of the movement.

With many of these types of questions there is no hard-and-fast rule.  Some writers make you think there is because they speak from a very specific place – one might be thinking in the early stages of starting a colt and the other might be assuming this is already a highly trained Dressage horse.  So in different stages both answers are correct.

As riders we must be able to adapt to our horse and the stage he is at.  Always maintain that the answer is with your horse more than anything else.  Your horse will tell you.  As quick as it takes him to make a stride he will tell you.  Feel his whole body right down to his feet while you ride.

Study in-depth these questions with great riders and writers like you mentioned, then become really good at experimenting with your body position and your balance to become an adaptable, excellent rider that helps a horse move with ease.  Because that is all we are really trying to do – Stay out of our horse’s way.

Hope that helps!

Jonathan Field

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An Exciting New Video!

Just released today, check out this new video by Salazar for Red Bull Media House about Jonathan’s life with horses.

It made Vimeo’s front page and is already a Vimeo Staff Pick!

Watch the video at


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Young Horses – Teaching them to learn

Jonathan and Cameo

Jonathan and Cameo

I love when I get the chance to run in to a horseman that has raised and trained young horses for a lifetime.

I was at the Saskatchewan Equine Expo this past February and there were horses brought in for the Trainers Challenge event.  After my clinics were done, I caught the final Trainers Challenge session with these 3 year old quarter horses.  I noticed they were a really nice crop of horses, and when I asked who brought them I was introduced to a gentleman named Tom King.  Tom and his family have raised and bred horses at Diamond K Ranch in south eastern Saskatchewan for 40 years.
With that many years of working with both horses and young people under his belt, Tom was able to really boil things down to what matters when starting a young horse.  So I asked Tom the same question I’ve asked many other horseman I’ve had the pleasure of meeting: “What is the most important thing you start with when teaching these horses?”

He had so much to share!

When he sells his young horses, Tom likes to help people that are willing to get started on the right foot, so he offers some advice and ideas that may help.  One of his first bits of advice is “The first thing we are going to do is teach this colt how to learn”.

I love that!  What amazing advice to start with!  And so often overlooked with both young horses and started horses.  Many times people get wrapped up in:  Here is a task, exercise or goal – let’s get to it.  Sometimes without considering if this horse is even in an open, learning state.  But before that, does he know how to learn?  As a clinician, I sometimes take it for granted that we are always asking ourselves that question. But it struck me to think about when was the last time I took it as a teachable moment with my students.
This simple first step really relates to any horse and rider.  Let’s take the time to teach our horse how to learn, then ask ourselves if he’s in an open and learning state before beginning something new.

Only after we can see this horse is processing and taking something in can we begin to move to a task that we may want to teach him.

One horse Tom had was very standoff-ish and challenging, so he took a barrel into the pen, haltered the filly, and just sat on the barrel holding the end of the lead rope with all the slack hanging between them.  He sat there for quite some time while that filly stayed as far away as she could before the rope would get tight.  After some time passed, she slowly came up behind him and gently sniffed his back.  Then a bit more time passed.  Still standing behind him, she very gently reached around and rested her nose on his on his leg.  Tim repeated this exercise a few more times with this filly, each time giving her a rub after she approached him, then turning her out – leaving her with a good impression.  It was these sessions that caused this filly to begin to open up to learning.

Let Tom’s story be an important reminder to make sure that your horse is in an open learning state with a brain to train.  Anything you want to introduce won’t be learned by your horse if they’re thinking about the barn or their buddy more than you, or if a previous training session left him particularly sceptical because the above step wasn’t asked ahead of time.  Before you jump in to the plan that YOU have, be sure you have a brain to train and your horse is ready to learn.

If you have a horse that is difficult to connect with and teach, or if you’re unsure how to tell if he’s even ready to learn, this information is covered in my latest DVD series, The Start is Everything – The Ultimate Guide to Staring your young horse.  On the DVD set, you’ll notice we’ve included (re) to the title, as the pathway to success with many horses is to be re-started.  The information provided in this DVD set is not only for young horses, but is also how  you’d approach a horse that has holes in his foundation that cause problems moving forward in any discipline.  After massive amounts of effort, I created this DVD set based on many years of study and all of my experience with young and previously started horses.  This set includes information about the horses that are difficult to connect with and teach, and where you’ll learn about overcoming that ‘wall’ that many riders tell me they encounter when trying to teach their horse something new.

The reStart is Everything DVD Set

The reStart is Everything DVD Set

Thanks for a great reminder Tom!  You can visit Diamond K Ranch at .  Next time you get to visit with a older, experienced horseman or horsewoman, leave some time and space between your thoughts about your horse and iPhone photos to see if you can draw a gem of knowledge or inspiration from their years of experience.

All the best to you!
Stay, Inspired by Horses


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Behind the scenes with Jonathan Field and Friends

Hello Everyone,
Andrea here – letting you in on some of the preparatory action that’s already in motion for Jonathan Field and Friends this September.
Some of you may remember me, as I worked for Jonathan and Angie for a while about four years ago (Angie is my sister).  Well, I am back on the team for the time being to help get everything ready for Jonathan Field and Friends, and wanted to update you all on where we’re at:
In case any of you are unsure and are asking “Just what is Jonathan Field and Friends going to be about?”, don’t let the ‘International Horsemanship Education Conference’ part of the title scare you.  Yes, it will be educational, but you will not be spending two days in an overly bright arena with a notepad on your lap while Jonathan and friends drone on about horse confirmation and your husband begins to snore in the seat next to you.  Because there will also be horses there – trained ones and not so trained ones.  Tacked horses and horses with no ropes.  Definitely some music and maybe a little dancing (if Nathan gets REALLY in to his role…we can hope!).
Let’s put it this way, we’re putting together some horsemen, a can’t-get-much-higher-level-than-him Show Jumper/Coach, a World Champion Reiner, a Cutting Horse Trainer, the host of the SuperDogs show and a bunch of unpredictable & FAST four legged prey animals.  There are bound to be both entertaining and educational moments born of the mix.  The trick is to find a healthy balance of the two.
It’s being held in a brand new building in a beautiful and friendly city, there will be a bit of shopping (yay!), autograph signing, and the concession will be open – so bring a bit of cash and a Sharpie in your favourite colour.
As you know, the venue is booked.  Jonathan himself spent many hours sourcing the right location that met with the vision he has for this event.  And the Agrium Western Event Centre does not disappoint!  It’s pretty special that we were able to book Jonathan Field and Friends as one of the first events in this brand new venue, and definitely the first of it’s kind.  If you’re in the Calgary area, the Calgary Stampede is putting on an Open House Event this Saturday, June 21 from 11:00 – 2:00 to show off the new building.  There will be free BBQ for the first 5,000 guests as well as free entertainment and family activities.  Go check it out and let us know what you think!
Angie and I are currently working on getting the word out there about the event:
 – I am scouring the internet, looking for on-line Event Calendars to post the show on.  I’ve found a few, but if you know of any I may have missed, please shoot me an email at
 – The first wave of Posters has gone out to clinic hosts, barns, Lammle’s locations, and all of the EXTREMELY HELPFUL people who have volunteered to put a few up in their areas.  Thank you so much!  There is no possible way we could cover as much ground on our own.  There are more posters on order, so if you’ve volunteered and haven’t received them yet, they are coming!  If you’re looking for ideas of where to put the posters besides the obvious barns, feed stores and tack stores, here are a few suggestions:  Post Offices, multi-address mail boxes, General Store windows, Recreation Centre bulletin boards, Community Bulletin Boards, take a picture of the poster and Instagram it or add it to your FaceBook wall.
Speaking of Social Media, with your help we can get this arena filled!  Like us on Facebook (Jonathan Field and Friends), Instagram (jonathanfieldhorseman) and Twitter (@jonathanfield_ ), talk about it if you’re excited to go, ‘cause we’re very excited to have you there.
We are coordinating upcoming contest details with Canadian Horse Journal.  Watch for this one in the Canadian Horse Journal Magazine, on-line at and on FaceBook and Twitter.
Jonathan and I are laying out a booth map for the vendors that will be setting up booths at the show.  Yay shopping!
I have begun work on cover design for a brand new DVD set that will be released at the show.  As a matter of fact, I just watched the first draft of a trailer we’re working on.  I don’t ride myself, but the trailer totally made me want to see more.  I can’t tell you too much about it at this point, but I will say that it was very interesting to see a snippets of Jonathan in a slightly nervous student role.
That’s it for now.  Thank you for taking the time to read and I will update again as we progress.


Jonathan Field and Friends poster

Jonathan Field and Friends poster

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Jonathan Field Receives Top Honours at the 2014 Road to the Horse International.


An exciting update from the Road to the Horse International!

After 3 amazing days of demos and colt starting in Kentucky, Jonathan received the Jack Brainard Best Horseman Award! We are so proud of this prestigious award that was presented to Jonathan by Mr. Brainard himself. He is considered a living legend and one of the most respected horsemen in the world today.


Jonathan just wouldn’t be Jonathan if he wasn’t attracted to the sensitive and skeptical type of horse. So he ended up picking a very challenging horse to work with in the short timeline. He named him Mojo because he had lots of it! Mojo is a beautiful, intelligent and quick learner that needed a bit more time to trust. Jonathan set the foundation on the first day and made huge progress from there. After each rest period Mojo came back more trusting and looking to Jonathan for leadership. Taking time by preparing Mojo on the ground was well worthwhile to earn his trust. It was very exciting to see how far this colt came in such a short period of time.

Said media pass holder Dianne Garnett Killen after Jonathan was presented with his award:

No one could argue with the choice! You brought along a skeptical, challenging and quick minded horse, and you never sacrificed the horse for the show. Another trainer might have pushed to make something happen, but you let the horse trust you to make good choices.”


Beyond the colt starting aspect of the Road to the Horse, it was a wonderful show for Jonathan Field Horsemanship. The addition of clinics and shows with Hal and Quincy inspired the audience, brought some to tears and even received a standing ovation! A special weekend all around!

There are actually four winners at the Road to the Horse. All the contestants did a fantastic job with their colts. Canada was well represented with Jonathan receiving the Jack Brainard award and James Anderson bringing it home with his points for the World Championship title.  Congratulations to James for making it all the way from the Wild Card Competition through to the Championship! Australia and Switzerland were also exceptionally well represented by Dan Steers and Antoine Cloux.

Congratulations to Tootie Bland and her whole team for putting on an event that sets the bar for excitement, production and professionalism.

DSC_0113Also thanks so much to our dear friend and pen wrangler Bruce Logan for coming to Kentucky to assist Jonathan with his success. It was a team effort all around!

Stay Inspired by Horses

Jonathan Field Horsemanship Team


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Getting ready for Road to the Horse!

People often ask me “What is the biggest challenge with Road to the Horse?”
This is what I find it to be: This is an event that you prepare and plan for a solid year. It’s on your mind daily from the second Tootie Bland the producer, tells you “you’re in!”
Then, at the moment you walk in with the colt, you mustcompletely let go all that planning and be fully present with the horse that’s in front of you. And in that instant begin to build a new plan. Of course there’s no pressure! 8000 people, 5 judges, TV cameras and a horse you have never met that is completely untrained. 
The biggest challenge is to accept that moment fully and think about only what matters. It’s actually quite exciting and personally challenging. I love it!! 

I look forward to when I am asked “Are you ready?” and I get to open the gate and walk in to get started. 

This event is an amazing full production weekend that raises the bar on any horse event. 
Hope to see you there! 




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