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“Sometimes It’s OK To Smack – Discipline In Horses” OR Is It?

I came across this post – “Sometimes It’s OK To Smack – Discipline In Horses”  – on Hay Net Social Blogging recently and found myself challenging every statement made. There is so much confusion in the world of horses about how to treat and educate them. I am hopeful that more work with understanding and […]
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Antelopes into Horses or Horses into Antelopes?

Everything about this book sings – the cover photography and layout by Robert Overholtzer, its authors, Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, and cleverly named too: Animals Make Us Human. The prose is sharp, spare, to the point and a joy to this animal-language obsessive here. By 3:00 a.m. I’m nodding my head as Grandin’s describing […]
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Amazing, Fantastic, Fun!

Those are all the words I would use to describe this week’s ride. Luc was absolutely amazing! There was a lot going on – new dogs (a lot of barking ensued), school horses coming in and out (the lesson program just started at the farm), and just a ton of commotion overall. He was a […]
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Warning: Humour Ahead

Warning: this post may contain elements of humour. Humour is a tool; it can be used to diffuse a tense situation, insight perspective, or simply distract from an awkward or difficult situation. I love a good laugh! Especially at my own expense! I’m not always conventional and I call it as I see it, no […]
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The Reins as a Line of Communication

There are many subtle nuances within a well developed horse and rider partnership.  I can recognize when time and patience has been of value when the reins maintain a soft, light connection  between horse and rider. Every rider takes responsibility for holding onto this “line of communication”, but how do they know if they are holding […]
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Striving to Get Outside and Follow the Classical Path

There are some days I feel like a prehistoric dinosaur, recalling events that happened before people I’m interviewing – or teaching – were even born. More recently I realized that although I write a weekly newspaper column about wildlife and the land and conservation, my eyes had been massively unobservant. Urban populations now comprise a […]
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The Almighty Thoroughbred

I am a coach, trainer, and all around horse enthusiast. I long ago vowed allegiance to the “Church of the Horse” and I can say with absolute certainly that the Horse Gods of the Universe have, in their infinite wisdom, come up with a fool proof way to keep me safe in this inherently dangerous […]
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Dressage Day

Despite the fact that it was even colder and snowier than last week, I was determined to ride. It’s strange how much I miss it after skipping just one week when I went years without putting a foot in the stirrup. But I was certainly itching to ride this week, and nothing was going to […]
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“U” Part Three

As promised, I will have the after leading video in here for you to compare with the before one from an earlier blog. I hope you can see the start of the change in enthusiasm and energy being put forth by ‘U’. If you are watching his expression, you will see that he still has […]