Grand-prix show jumper Karl Cook believes that understanding and tending to his horses’ physical well-being is critical to effective communication between horse and rider. This concept is something he has learned, in part, from Eric Navet, the 1990 World Equestrian Games team and individual gold medalist, who moved from his native France in 2013 to become Karl’s coach. Another valuable member of Karl’s Pomponio Ranch team is French international veterinarian Philippe Benoit. The team is mixing old-fashioned horsemanship with Karl’s ideas for looking outside the box for new ways to improve their horse-centric methods.

In this episode, Karl shares more about his horse care and management program, what he thinks makes a good horseman, how his Pomponio Ranch team is videotaping horses and combining that with new software to evaluate how a horse moves to analyze his health, and more.

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