It is the release that teaches the horse and it is the offer that gives them the choice.
Giving your horse the chance to make a decision in everything you ask him to do will […]
You are out on a ride with your horse. All is going well until suddenly your horses head goes up and he slams on the breaks. He becomes completely rigid and you start to […]
The one who does the least amount of work is the one who is in charge.
Our horses are very good at making it look like they are doing what we are asking of them, […]
A horse going freely forward is just as important as a horse that easily stops. Make sure your horse is thinking about going forward rather than stopping after each downward transition to help your horse […]
Saddling and mounting your horse….piece of cake right, there is nothing to it! Until you hop on and find out the hard way that your horse had no intention of going for a ride […]
Our horses can be very good at re-positioning us.
Try using a marker on the ground when handling your horse to help you keep track of where you are and see who is moving who.
Have you ever bought a horse and felt that it was drugged when you looked at him because now that you have got him home, he has turned into a fire breathing dragon? Or […]
Never accept your horse walking off whilst you are mounting or dismounting.
Wait for him to stand still and give you permission first.
The 2016 Australasian QSports was held at the beautiful Cabarita Beach in Northern NSW. Diago and I headed up there and what a fun day it was! We had an absolute ball as we competed […]
Circles are bad for your horse!! I hear this quite a lot and yes, if your horse is stiff and braced, circles can be very hard on a horse and boy oh boy! Diago […]
Your horse will always know where the way out is and will be drawn to the gateways. Avoid saddling, feeding or resting in or near gateways so that your horse doesn’t find more comfort […]
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” — Joe Sabah
I really like this quote, so many times people hold back because they think they should […]
So what has the way you catch your horse got to do with riding him? The short answer is EVERYTHING!! The long answer? Whenever I work with young horses, difficult horses, starting them under […]
The way you leave your horse in the paddock will be the way he remembers you when you go to catch him the next day.
Make sure it is you that leaves your horse rather […]
I have not long returned from a fabulous trip to Chambers Flat in QLD where I have been sharing some knowledge as well as working with some horses for most of the week. I […]
To truly receive help, you first must be prepared to help yourself
– Mel Peacock
I have had Diago for about 4 years now, he came to me a very scared, stiff and unconfident horse. He was owned by a Dressage Instructor who felt he wasn’t going to make […]
If you want your horse to respect your fences (and avoid injury or escapes!) make sure you keep your feed in the middle of your paddock or yard – or away from the fence. […]
Have you ever followed someone to a place you have never been and then when it comes time to navigating your way to that same place by yourself, you find you have no idea […]