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!

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    Side Reins vs. Elbow Pull

    When I first began training, I used side reins to help my mules collect their bodies for optimum use in the round pen after leading training for core strength, but it didn’t take me long to realize that there were serious issues with the side reins. First, the side reins seemed to cause tension throughout the body instead of producing freedom of movement in good equine posture. Side reins did produce flexion at the poll, but the hind quarters were only partially engaged and were still being somewhat trailered behind. The stretchiness of the side reins invited the mule to pull against them resulting in the saddle slipping forward even with the crupper snugly attached causing the mule to raise his head instead of relaxing and “giving” at the poll with no tension. The “Elbow Pull” alleviates all of these issues and produces the freedom of movement in good equine posture that I was seeking.

    As my equines gained strength, they showed increased range of motion and were now able to step well underneath with the hind quarters for adequate impulsion and suspension. They were better able to collect their bodies for a truly remarkable ride during more collected demands such as the really slow Western Pleasure walk, trot and canter, and in the more collected gaits and movements in dressage. This freedom of movement has produced amazing versatility and multiple LTR Champions in all kinds of equine activities.

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