Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hot nails, high jinx and humility

As has been the pattern this past couple of years, we reach the point of getting back in the saddle and something goes awry. Weather, lameness, work, human illness … we’ve experienced all in more than copious quantities of late.  … Continue reading

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Do not eliminate the negative!

You’ve got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Johnny Mercer That advice may be very sound for living your life – but it’s not so valid when it comes to horse training.

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Competition as Art?

In this day and age … rules have been established which permit riders desirous of studying equitation in depth, to be judged in competition.  Some of these riders, but it is rare, attain the level of true Art, while others, … Continue reading

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Peeling the onion

For some time now, I have been peeling away the physical and mental defects that resulted from Tally’s ill-fated time at a trainer in 2013. With each layer removed, I encounter previously masked new issues. Since we are only just … Continue reading

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What is Equestrian Art?

Equestrian art is the perfect understanding between the rider and his horse.  This harmony allows the horse to work without any contraction in his joints or in his muscles, permitting him to carry out all movements with mental and physical … Continue reading

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Leader or attachment figure?

I recently read a thoughtful post that addressed what I would agree is a forgotten area of horse training – that the horse is naturally programmed to make attachments. I say forgotten because, unlike the author, I have read many … Continue reading

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Tally has a tantrum!

I read a lot about what horses do and don’t think, what they can and can’t feel. While I realize the dangers of attributing human emotions to animals (especially putting our hunter thoughts on a prey animal), I believe we … Continue reading

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