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The Thinking Horseman with Josh Nichol

Have you ever needed a bucket of grain to distract your horse from his buddies as you slip on his halter? Perhaps you’ve stood at the edge of a field you would like to gallop through but are unable to convince your horse to take a single step forward?  In fact, he may have dragged you back to the barn while you cursed and called him stubborn and unwilling. The truth is, every rider has been stumped by his horse at one time or another. It’s natural to blame our equine partner and chalk it up to disrespect, disobedience and bad character. However, these are all human tendencies that simply do not exist in horses. When we look at our equine partners from this point of view, we tend to react as we would towards a person who has done the same. I call this approach “Emotional Horsemanship”. This way…

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