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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Frustration


March 21, 2016


How do you eliminate frustration when riding, working or training horses? The answer is actually simple.


By Scott Phillips


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Compensation – What horses do when they hurt.


February 14, 2016


Any horse that has ever been injured has likely experienced the effects of compensation. Sometimes these effects are even more uncomfortable than the initial injury, and if not dealt with can be very long lasting.


By Jody Schulze McMann


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Release


February 12, 2016


In the context of horse training, we often hear the word release when it’s associated with pressure. There is another definition of release though, that when recognized has much more profound implications in your horse training regime.


By Scott Phillips


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Zeus – The Training of a Wild Horse – Part IV


January 31, 2016


Zeus arrived with a halter on. Not long after he was here I took it off. I was cautioned, ???Good luck getting it back on!??? At that point I made several commitments: I would train him without it. I would never restrain him. I would focus only on his acceptance, release and commitment. Where are we at now?


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Zeus ??? The Training of a Wild Horse ??? Part III


January 15, 2016


December was a great month for Zeus, our resident wild horse. We experienced many huge milestones. It’s somewhat humorous: the milestones I speak of are things that we take for granted in trained domestic horses. But to Zeus, simple interaction and communication with a human being ??? let alone other domestic horses – was utterly foreign. How do you think he’ll make out having his feet trimmed?


By Scott Phillips


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


December 21, 2015


Christmas season is a beautiful time of year when giving is in abundance. We consider our friends, family and children. I know many people that extend gifts to their pets and horses as well. There’s just a good feeling in that. Have you considered what we give to and receive from our horses?


By Scott Phillips


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Zeus – The Training of a Wild Horse – Part II


October 29, 2015


I don’t believe that many times in his adult life, that Zeus has had the opportunity to let go of his prey / herd tension. So how could I ask of him something he has no concept of? Although he was trying and exhibiting releases, I felt I could present this to him in a much more beneficial and positive way. Here’s how it went.


By Scott Phillips


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Zeus – The Training of a Wild Horse


October 8, 2015


Working with a truly wild horse is a fantastic opportunity to explore the subtleties of horse mentality. It’s an exercise in patience and creativity. And the reward is an incredibly moving experience.


By Scott Phillips


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