Category Archives: Horsemanship

Topics on general care, training and welfare of horses

There is only one ‘must’ in riding

I’ve heard it all of my riding life, but social media seems to have brought it out in full force.  I’m talking about any riding advice that begins with, “You must …”  I don’t think it matters the discipline, there … Continue reading

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The explosive equine

A few years ago, in the course of trying to retrain Tally after the “trainer” who started her had botched it so badly, I was making one last walk circle before getting off.  But my dismount did not happen as … Continue reading

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Noble and the mud

There is one constant, every winter – Noble hates the mud.  Once it reaches a certain point of sloppiness, there is nothing that will entice him to cross the ‘bog’ to reach the higher ground and grass.  This has been … Continue reading

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The fearful equine

A recent Facebook conversation about positive reinforcement led to someone asking a question about one of my favorite fallacies – if you comfort a fearful or spooking horse, aren’t you just reinforcing the fear?  I first encountered that idea when … Continue reading

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Why do you ride?

Riding is a selfish act – there is really no getting around that fact.  Horses do not ask to participate in the activity, they are conditioned for it.  That said, I have over forty years of experience that horses can, … Continue reading

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It’s All About You!

Your horse still trundles along, heavy footed and maybe also heavy in your hand.  Or, your horse is constantly in danger of putting you on the fast track to front tooth implants, with his head always in your face.  Perhaps … Continue reading

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Sculpting the Equine Body, Pt 2

In a recent post, I discussed the general notion of how you can change the horse’s body, for better or worse, based upon the nature of the work.  The inspiration for that post came from Coffee.  Recently, my mother had … Continue reading

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