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


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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 […]

5 Exercises to Strengthen your Horse’s Hind End


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I come across many horses that have soundness challenges or general “hind end weakness” during horsemanship lessons and training. The majority of these horses are in the prime years of their life. At 10-15 years old, they still have many good years ahead if we can assist them in developing better balance and strength. Conformation […]

7 Tips to Develop Emotional Fitness


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For years I have been paying close attention to my level of “emotional fitness” around horses. The approach people take with their horses, is usually similar to how they deal with every other relationship as well. Emotions play an important role with how we communicate amongst our parents, friends, coworkers, etc. I am recognizing that […]

A Pony’s Journey


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Every now and then I meet someone like Gus. Gus was a pony who I adopted several years ago, with the intention of developing his training and then selling to a good home. I began to see very quickly that this little Appaloosa cross needed a relationship first, before I was “allowed” to ask anything […]

All Tied Up in Rope Halters


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I bought my first rope halter 10 years ago, but my favourite one is purple; made for me by a student. I still have it to this day. Rope halters are incredibly durable, come in a range of fun colours, and need absolutely no maintenance or cleaning to make them last. They can be rolled […]

Back Into Shape for Spring


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Spring is around the corner. The frigid temperatures will be easing off, and the thought of riding without toes frozen to the stirrups is refreshing! Some of our horses have become couch potatoes through the winter. The last thing these horses are thinking about is taking us riding. Horses take time to get into shape, […]

Barn Safety Part 1

Professionals who visit such as your vet, farrier, chiropractor or etc., all appreciate a horse who can stand relaxed in the barn while they work.

Barn Safety Part 2: Tying

Standing tied is also an important aspect to barn safety. Many horses feel restricted due to their natural claustrophobia when they are tied.

Cheat Sheet to Better Horse Health


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Many riders are aware of when their horse is feeling a little under the weather. The obvious signs can be easy to see, but I am going to outline a few simple, perhaps less obvious factors that I keep in mind when I assess a horse before deciding to train or ride each day. I […]

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