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5 Exercises to Strengthen your Horse’s Hind End

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 yea...

By: Free Rein

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My View of the New York Carriage Horses

In November 2015 I took a trip to New York for Equus Film Festival. There has been heated discussion around the well-being of carriage horses for several years in the city, and more debate was raised during the festival. Everyone seems to come from a...

By: Free Rein

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A Pony’s Journey

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 relations...

By: Free Rein

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Connected Trail Riding

It’s that time of year. The bugs have gone into hiding, the heat of the sun isn’t causing your horse to sweat, and there is a wonderful aroma to the woods and trails. Many horses enjoy the scenery change from getting out of the ring and going for...

By: Free Rein

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7 Tips to Develop Emotional Fitness

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 ...

By: Free Rein

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All Tied Up in Rope Halters

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 ...

By: Free Rein

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The Duct Tape Twitch

There are a few viral videos being shared across the web between horse people that are making some laugh, while puzzling others. The “Duct Tape Twitch” has a little bit of irony to it, as the method of sticking tape to a horse’s face is very mu...

By: Free Rein

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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 ho...

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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 responsibilit...

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What’s In a “Good Home” – a Rescued Horse’s Journey

Over the past few months I have been visiting farms and getting to know the potential adopters for a wonderful Clydesdale Cross, Prospero. The beginning of his story was dismal, but now, he is ready to move on to the next phase of his precious life. ...

By: Free Rein