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Meditation – Becoming Better Part 2
February 27th, 2019

How has your observation been going over the last week? Have you been fighting the urge to get up and do something? Last week I told you to spend some time simply observing your horse at liberty without interacting with your horse or getting distracted. If you didn’t see that article, check it out here. […]

Becoming Better
February 20th, 2019

We have all heard that in order to become better horseman we need to ride more. In fact, I think it is just the opposite. I think if we spent less time riding or doing anything and more time just observing and being in the company of horses we would grow immensely as horsemen and […]

Doing Nothing
February 13th, 2019

Today I caught myself feeling upset that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with my horse. All I wanted to do was ride him, but he hasn’t been able to be ridden for a while for various reasons. It reminded me that I I’m getting far too caught up with what I want […]

The Delicate Balance of Horse Management
February 6th, 2019

All too often I see people locking their horses in stalls with blankets and boots and everything short of bubble wrap. They won’t turn their horse out with a buddy for fear of injury and avoid even individual turnout in the winter. These horses remain clean and free from injury, save the occasional exercise-related injury […]

5 Tips for Dealing with a Spook
January 30th, 2019

We get it, all horses spook. Is there anything we can do to help our horses (and ourselves!) through a spook except just hanging on for dear life? To answer that question, yes! There are a ton of things that we can do to help prevent, or at least minimize, a spook. Here are my […]

Top Three Exercises for Bad Weather
January 23rd, 2019

Has the winter weather gotten you down? If you aren’t fortunate enough to have access to an indoor arena, winter can mean months of not riding or working with your horse. Today I have compiled a list of my top 3 exercises to do when the footing is not good enough for typical forms of […]

The Effects of Barn Environments on Horse Owners
January 16th, 2019

As a continuation of last week’s blog post I thought it would be great to talk about how our barn environment affects our ability to work with our horses in a useful way and what we need in a barn. If you didn’t see last week’s post you can read it here. The most important […]

The Effects of Environment on Training
January 9th, 2019

When I hear about a horse with behavioral or training issues the first thing I ask about is the horse’s environment. Although the behavior certainly requires some training to correct, the first step in any problem solving is to determine the cause. Nine times out of ten I find the cause to be environmental. Horses […]

Coping Mechanisms
January 2nd, 2019

Recently I’ve been working with a few horses who have some rather serious issues. Most of these issues occur when the horses are stressed or put in unfamiliar situations. This has really gotten me thinking about the coping mechanisms horses develop and how we can help horses cope better. Horses in the wild generally do […]

Mental Work
December 12th, 2018

When we think of working a horse we automatically think of movement and physical exercise. Many equestrians lament not being able to work their horses in the winter do to weather. While not everyone has an indoor arena to ride in, there are plenty of other ways in which we can work a horse that […]