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, but if you find that you are doing more work than your horse to get the task done, then it […]
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 keep his weight back and give you those nice smooth transitions.
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 today.
So many times I see this important step in riding get overlooked or taken for granted yet I have solved […]
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 perhaps you have had a horse for years whom you got along really well with but now the time has […]
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 in the Open sections and won the Liberty, and Riding classes PLUS! I am very proud to say that I also […]
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 was all of those things!
So our next step in Diagos journey is to build on our relationship, help him find […]
People are becoming jaded by all the horsemanship ‘hype’. It seems that every man and his dog has jumped on the ‘natural horsemanship’ bandwagon to the point where if they use a rope halter, they are a ‘natural horseman’. The outcome is catastrophic with horses breaking down because they are running around on their […]
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 than they need there.