Monthly Archives: April 2016

Two Equilibria

I often see debates about the frame and movement of the horse.  Do you allow the horse a longer frame, in order to develop certain areas?  Or is allowing that longer frame risking the future of collection?  Is putting the … Continue reading

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“It can’t hurt, and it might help!”

My veterinarian, an accomplished horsewoman in her own right, is a very pragmatic person.  She always opts for the simplest answer, especially if it minimizes cost for the owner and suffering for the horse.  If a problem can be resolved through … Continue reading

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Whose horse is that?

I worked with a lovely horse today.  She was a large bay mare with soft eyes and a relaxed manner.  She moved around me deftly, always keeping an ear turned in my direction, watching my movements and waiting for the next cue.  … Continue reading

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Transformation or just transitory?

A wise old horseman once told me that geldings settled at seven years of age, and mares at eleven (stallions were not mentioned).  I always accepted this as just a general comment that geldings settled sooner than mares, not really … Continue reading

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Social Politeness

At the recent ground work conference I attended, there were two demonstration handlers who were said to be professional trainers.  From the first moments, when they were awaiting their demo, there was an aggressiveness to their handling of the horses … Continue reading

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Progress!

Not long ago, a Facebook friend posted a challenge to describe your day in just one word.  Most of the responses were, sadly, somewhat predictable in our modern age: things like “Stressful”, “Frustrating”, and “Depressing”.  There have been many points, … Continue reading

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