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 exercise the logical part of his brain, creating a calm, thinking horse. Make sure you are giving your horse clear […]
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 hear his heart thumping. And you think to yourself….Uh Oh! Which is all you have time for because the next […]
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 […]
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 […]
Have you ever been on a rollercoaster? It’s a pretty exciting ride isn’t it and once you are on there, there is no getting off so you have to just shut your eyes and go for the ride. Think about how you felt at the end, you are both excited and exhilarated from the […]