This year we’re having our first Easter Contest. We’re heading out with the horses in search for Easter Eggs. Each egg has a name in it, and one might be yours! As much as Easter is a commercial enterprise with chocolate bunnies and candy eggs, the tradition of Easter is about 2000 years old and […]
Taking ownership of our own knowledge allows us to overcome hurdles, open new doors and succeed in our equine pursuits.
One of the greatest skills of an instructor or trainer is the ability to wait.
They say, “Let the horse be a horse.” But what else can they possibly be?
Associations can work for us or against us. For example, a horse could associate the trailer with a negative experience. How do we change that?
In the last few years I’ve heard a many an equine myth. We could probably write an entire book on them – I’m sure it would be hilarious – but for now let’s focus on the horse’s eyes and vision. Pardon the pun there.
What is it, about a horse
That allows them to trot their way
Into our hearts
And become a part of us?
Riding or working with an anxious horse can be intimidating, especially if we’ve had a mishap or suffered an injury. It’s important to recognize that when our horse spooks, they’re also struggling with a confidence issue. But as a team, we can work through these struggles together as we build strength in our relationship.
What we learn in the process of working with a young horse, starting or restarting a mature horse or working a horse through troubles is invaluable. These are the skills that will make you a proficient rider. And the time will come where you’ll have to help a horse or have the opportunity to start or restart one.
Going through the anguish of losing a good friend is tough.