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HORSE SENSE

Relationship

Combining Horsemanship and Leadership

Combining horsemanship and leadership – Condensing our approach to horsemanship and leadership into a few simple paragraphs is difficult Not only is each subject broad in itself, but the relationship and integration between the two is also important Lets begin with some thought to the scope of…

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Emotional Fitness

Emotional Fitness and Self-Mastery

Emotional fitness – more than self-control – When it comes to being around horses, emotional fitness is often talked about in terms of self-control and keeping your emotions in check The idea is that the horse is very tuned into our emotions and will tend to mirror them We can’t fool the horse by…

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Mutual Feel

Commitment to the Horse

Regardless of the source of influence, there is one common and unwavering commitment that we bind ourselves by…that whatever we do, we want to do it with feel and respect for the horse. The horse’s interests and needs come first. The horse is not put at risk. The horse ends up in a better state than when we started – physically…

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HORSE SENSE

STARTING A CHALLENGING HORSE

Choosing to Connect

Confidence and Leadership

Confidence and our leadership has to be the horse’s choice – You can’t demand a horse (or a person for that matter) to be confident and trust you. If it is to mean anything, it has to be a choice. This means pacing things for the horse that you are dealing with.
It’s always the horse that sets the pace,…

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Searching for Relaxation

Searching for Relaxation

A lot of horses don’t understand that they have the option for relaxation – If they did, they would seek it out as a place that is nice to visit and stay whenever possible. Instead, many horses believe they have to take the lead role in looking after themselves. It’s not a role they want, its stressful, but they are not seeing any alternative…

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Finding confidence and trust

Getting an Anxious Horse to Relax and Connect

Giving the gift of confidence – One of the most rewarding things is to be able to give the gift of confidence to a worried horse. All too often a sensitive or poorly started horse is cast off with a label of being untrainable or unsuitable. But more often than not, all they need is some…

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STARTING A CHALLENGING HORSE 

BRINGING ON A CONFIDENT HORSE

First Impression - Topaz

Preparing to Bring On our Confident but Lazy Horse

A Confident Horse: Opportunity And Challenge – We all want a confident horse, but when confidence is coupled with a lack of interest or just plain laziness it can present challenges as well as opportunities for how we approach things. The last thing we want to do is…

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Introducing Topaz

Meet our Confident Horse for Bringing On

Introducing Topaz – This is Topaz, she’s an 11 yr old Quarter Horse x Thoroughbred that we are going to be bringing on. She is a confident, calm horse, but lazy and not very motivated to put effort into anything other than eating and doing amazing high-legged…

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BRINGING ON A CONFIDENT HORSE

RESTARTING A VETERAN HORSE

Wanting to be close

Restarting with Liberty

Building the Foundation – Breeze is our veteran horse being restarted after a long period of inactivity She has spent a long time just lazing in fields with her buddies…Our aim now is to rebuild her physical and mental fitness as a foundation for getting back into the advanced stuff she used to do. Liberty exercises, and later…

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First Impression - Breeze

Preparing to Restart our Veteran Horse

First Impressions – Breeze is our veteran horse that we are getting ready to restart. She has spent several years just dozing in the fields with her friends and getting over some major illness. We spent a little time just hanging out with Breeze, getting a feel for where she is at, and how…

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Introducing Breeze

Meet our Veteran Horse for Restarting

Introducing Breeze – This is Breeze, she’s a 20 yr old Appaloosa x Thoroughbred that we are planning to restart after a long lay-off. She has spent several years not doing very much at all, except grazing in a field and getting rather opinionated about life. Having said that, Breeze can…

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RESTARTING A VETERAN HORSE

LEADERSHIP

True Leadership Through Science and Feel

Finding True Leadership Through Feel and Science

Leadership: A Catalyst For Success – Many of our successes have come from bringing together leadership and horse psychology. The combination has not just impacted our progress with horses, but also our personal and work lives too…

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LEADERSHIP

LIFE

Kia playing

Celebrating Kia

We rescued Kia from an abusive background and a death sentence when she was just 2 years old. Her owners had acquired Kia with the intention of creating an aggressive Rottweiler for their needs. But despite their efforts to provoke through isolation and beatings…

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Stunning sunset

Inspiration for Long Days

Sunsets and Sunrises – Some days can feel really long, especially if you work and have horses to tend to morning and evening as well as everything else. When things are a slog it is easy to get to wondering “what I am doing up at this hour?”’ and to start losing your joy…

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LIFE