Leading to Leadership


August 4, 2018


Does it really matter where your horse is, or what he is doing when you’re leading him? It might not be a big deal to you, but the conversations that you have (or don’t have) when you’re leading him form the foundation of his entire social structure. It’s a big deal for your horse. With a little know-how you can use leading to form a corner stone of a solid leadership agreement with your horse – one in which he’ll trust you and follow, both in and out of the saddle.


By Scott Phillips


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Sir Isaac Newton and Horse Training


July 2, 2018


What does Sir Isaac Newton have to do with horse training? Well, his 3rd law of motion is tied in to how you ride your horse in some very obvious ways that you likely haven’t thought about – but when you do it might change how you ride from now on. So lets explore!


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When your horse is RIGHT – Part III


May 23, 2018


Part 3 of 3 in a series. We look at what do to when you’re expecting a left turn…but your horse turns right.


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When your Horse is RIGHT – Part 2


May 6, 2018


This article is the second of a three part series. I got to writing it and found it was a very deep – but very important – topic. How we work with our horse’s thoughts defines our relationship and establishes our credibility as leaders.


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When your Horse is RIGHT – Part 1


April 26, 2018


This article is the first of a three part series.  I got to writing it and found it was a very deep – but very important – topic.  How we work with our horse’s thoughts defines our relationship and establishes our credibility as leaders.  


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Teaching our Horses to Handle Pressure


March 29, 2018


We can show the horse an entirely different way of dealing with pressure, so that it no longer creates a stress and in fact, causes him to release tension and focus on us. This opens the door for the horse to be balanced and perform like an athlete.


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A Quick Chat about Focus


February 27, 2018


If you’ve been in one of my clinics, read articles or watched my videos, you’ll have heard me mention how important FOCUS is. Here’s a detailed explanation of how a simple technique can make huge changes in your riding.


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The False Consensus Effect in the Horse World


January 4, 2018


We make sense of the world using the information we have and our personal beliefs and values. We also have an expectation that everyone we interact with shares those beliefs and values. It’s called the False Consensus Effect. We even do this with horses! That leads to frustrated people with frustrated horses. Lets move beyond that!


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Peace in your Leadership


November 4, 2017


If your horse is calm with you – that might be fine if you are hanging out with him in the pasture. For practical riding though, it’s not enough. In this case your horse needs to find peace – that is safety, comfort and trust – as a function of your leadership, particularly when that is put to the test in a real-life environment.


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Feel and Connection


April 20, 2017


I received an excellent question from a student the other day: “How does one release tension and defenses if you are not really aware of it? How does this translate to the horse and feel?”


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