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.


By Scott Phillips


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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.


By Scott Phillips


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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!


By Scott Phillips


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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.


By Scott Phillips


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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?”


By Scott Phillips


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Christmas 2016 – Horses and Relationships


December 19, 2016


Christmas is a time full of relationships, with friends, family…and our horses.


By Scott Phillips


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Dirty Words for Hoof Practitioners – Thrush


September 11, 2016


There are several words that hoof practitioners don’t like to use. Thrush is one of them. Here is some information on recognizing, treating and preventing thrush.


By Sharon Leney


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A Horse is a Mirror


June 16, 2016


Consider for a moment that your horse is a mirror of you both physically and emotionally: he moves as you move and feels as you feel. That simple concept opens up doors to advancement.


By Scott Phillips


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Horses and At-Risk Youth


May 13, 2016


For the past several months I’ve had a great opportunity: working with a group of teenagers; showing them how to train, work with and ride their horses at a ranch operated by the Poteet family in west-central Alberta. This is a great group of kids who enjoy having fun and learning with horses. The work […]


By Scott Phillips


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The Obstacle Course – Focus and Follow


May 6, 2016


In any leadership position, be it a supervisor in an office, the Prime Minister or a horse rider, it’s desirable that those you are leading follow you. After all, that’s what leadership is, isn’t it? We also desire that our followers emulate us. To do as we do. To think as we think. To have people or horses commit to us as leaders we need to cause them to think that following us is the best ??? and most rewarding ??? option. An option that produces success and relieves them of their questions and worries.


By Scott Phillips


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