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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?”
Christmas is a time full of relationships, with friends, family…and our horses.
Winter is here and in the back of our minds we all have that little worry about our oldest horses. Will they be ok? Will they make it through another winter? How can I keep them feeling their best through the harshest weather? These questions especially arise when we think of the senior horses that are now pushing 30 years old. Obviously they have lived this long because of your amazing care in the first place, but how can we make sure they keep going strong for their last years?And??why are we dealing with these issues now since horses have been around for a very long time. Shouldn’t this all be old news?
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.