Welcome to the AF Library!

Listed in the menu are articles on longlining, hitching, driving and evaluation of movement. I’ve even thrown in a couple in Extra Stuff that don’t necessarily belong in one of the other categories. Some of these articles were originally published in The Whip, Practical Horsemen, Driving West or Dressage & CT Magazine. Others were written specifically per someone’s request. Regardless, as nothing stays static, I’ve updated some of the articles with additional text and images. I’ve also reordered some information to help those who are following through the lessons.

Nancy Van Deen has contributed a wonderful and informative article on conditioning for driving horses. She’s a very talented lady and her generosity in sharing her knowledge is very appreciated.

Many of the wonderful photos illustrating my articles were taken by Cindy Lee. There’s no way I can adequately express my appreciation of Cindy’s time, talent and efforts. If I every manage to get the book written, she may finally get the recognition she truly deserves. Where not Cindy’s work, and when I know who, I’ve tried to note the photographer.

We also have a private forum for people longlining through the summer of 2012. If there is sufficient interest, we will repeat the private forum in 2013 with signups beginning in March.

Please remember, the process of developing the equine athlete takes time. Just because all the articles are here in a bunch doesn’t mean you can do this in a weekend! To do a good job takes many months, sometimes years.


The Axwood Farm web site is designed, in part, to educate about topics that may have received inadequate print coverage. The site also is designed to introduce those interested to the intricacies of balance and engagement in the horse.

Any and all non-original photographs seen on this site are used for informational/educational/illustrative purposes only, to accompany articles.

All original materials on this site (designs, text, graphics, photographs, the selection and arrangement thereof) are the exclusive property of Axwood Farm as indicated by the following: (c) DATE 1990-2010 by Axwood Farm. All Rights Reserved, or a similar copyright tag which may be attached to photographs and pages. Permission is granted to electronically copy and to print in hard-copy portions of this web site for personal use. Any other use of materials on this web site–including reproduction for purposes other than those noted above, modification, distribution, or republication–without the prior express permission of the proprietor, Axwood Farm, is strictly prohibited. A copy of the publication in which any article or exerpt of an article is reproduced must be sent to Axwood Farm, 305 August Road, Onlaska, WA 98570.