Visions and Values

TMD Equine University maintains a commitment to excellence through the entire program and we're committed to the success of our students.

History and Tradition

At TMD Equine University, you'll gain the benefit of a trainer’s lifetime experience, condensed into just one year of study.

Break Free from the Herd

Tired of sitting through boring classes? Explore our comprehensive all-breed equine training curriculum.

A Lifetime Bond

Transform your love of equines into a career as an equine professional. Questions? Click on one of the links above to get started.

Career Opportunities

A TMD Equine University certificate gives you the foundation of knowledge you'll need to go after the professional equine career of your dreams. Find out how to enroll now.

Immerse Yourself

Graduating students will have one-on-one time with Meredith Hodges and will benefit from the experience of partnering with animals in varying stages of training for hands-on work.

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Learn in-depth knowledge of all-breed equine training and get started on your equine career today!

To speak to an admissions counselor,
call 800-816-7566 or 907-663-0066.

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    Beginning Jumping

    It is important that your equine learns how to carry his body in good equine posture, with regular rhythm, cadence and the ability to adjust his stride in a heartbeat. In order to be safe while jumping, it is important that your equine is schooled in a logical and sequential training program such as ours. We begin with work over 6-inch ground rails to help develop bulk muscle in the hind quarters and to teach him how to adjust each step that he takes (photo #1). Work on 20-meter (60-foot) circles over a canter pole while you verbally count the strides to the pole…one…two…three…pole! This allows him to learn to adjust his stride at canter (photo #2). Then to add more suspension after he is adept at the first two lessons, he can be asked to go through a series of four cavalletti at the lowest setting to begin to add more suspension to his gaits (photo #3). Finally, he can begin to jumpcavalletti starting with the lowest setting at 6 inches (and later the 12” and 18” settings) with ground rails on both sides of the cavalletti to help keep him erect and posturally correct throughout the jump (photo #4). Preparing him with this step by step approach will help to keep you both happy and safe during your jumping experience.

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