One reason I dropped out of teaching and training was the epidemic of anyone who won a few ribbons hanging out their shingle as a trainer. In some cases, people who rode horses trained by other people were getting their scores and then becoming professional trainers. I saw people and horses getting hurt under such … More Is your instructor worthy?
In many parts of the world it is the season of celebration. Imagine that you have been invited to a festive dinner party. You’ve been told that children are welcome, so you bring your toddler along. The minute you pass through the front door, into the festive crowd within, off dashes your toddler! She runs … More How would you react?
One reason I started this blog was to tell the stories of the horses in my life. As I work with each of our current herd, I think back on those that have come before, and what they taught me. Without their “lessons” I would not have the tools I need to deal with my … More My horses, my teachers: Delight
It has been quite a week at work! Our director is leaving (finally!) and a new manager is stepping up as the interim leader. We will, at last, have a leader who knows how to lead. I have written before about my interest in leadership, and how it is not that different for horses or … More Leadership – empathy is key!
“The art of conversation lies in listening.” – Malcolm Forbes I’ve been noticing a trend of professional trainers who have suddenly “seen the light” and realized the horse is a sentient being. They offer their confessions of a life sinfully lived as a way to sell their new, enlightened approach. The stories I’ve read typically … More Listen …
If you are one of the thousands who bought into the “lead mare, “alpha”, “dominant/submissive” theories touted by the “Natural” horsemanship folk, then you may not like what I’m about to tell you. In a recent issue of Equus magazine (September 2014) was an item on a research study that showed the “lead mare” to be a … More Following the leader?