As leaders, we can teach our horses to deal with anxiety caused by other horses or their environment. What they learn is to release tension under pressure and focus or follow our direction and energy. Throughout this, they build confidence and an ability to deal with high levels of pressure. Thus, their herd problems decrease or disappear entirely, while at the same time their trust in you increases exponentially.
Horses are curious creatures. As a prey animal, their thinking is fear-based. Learn to turn fear into curiosity!
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.
How do you eliminate frustration when riding, working or training horses? The answer is actually simple.
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.
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.
Yes, horses can break our hearts. Is it worth it? Without a doubt. Because if we, as horse-people, don???t go down that road of exploring a true connection with a horse, we???ve missed out on one of the most incredible experiences that life has to offer a human being.
The sacro-iliac joints, or “SI’s” for short, are a commonly discussed area of the horse. But where exactly are they, what do they look like, and why are they so important? Read on to find out more!
Next thing I know I’m out of the saddle, onto her neck, and then sailing through the air and right into a tree. I lay there on the side of the trail trying to breathe. When I hit the tree I collapsed my lung and broke 10 ribs (5-11 were flail), broke my collar bone, and fractured my scapula in three places.