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Never underestimate the power of leverage on a horse’s head.  A recent Facebook post, by a trainer recognized by many as upholding classical standards, showed the power leverage can have.  The post was regarding a young mare and her transformation … Continue reading

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The noble horse …

My latest reading venture is Gustav Steinbrecht’s The Gymnasium of the Horse.  It is often cited by those who follow classical training methods, but this is my first dive into it.  Written before the turn of the twentieth century, it … Continue reading

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Mount and Man

I just finished reading a wonderful book: Mount and Man written in 1925.  The author, Lt Col McTaggart, was a retired cavalry officer who clearly understood and loved horses.  It’s a fascinating look into the state of riding in the … Continue reading

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“Striving for total harmony …”

I’m laying on my back fighting a cold.  This is to be the weekend of a conference at my old trainer’s place, and I only hope that I am well enough to make the three hour drive tomorrow.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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The things they don’t teach …

It seems to be inevitable that each new generation dismisses the “antiquated” practices of the generation before – often leading to the extinction of those practices.  When I was an Art student, I studied art pieces that were made using … Continue reading

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Training, trust and horsemanship

Facebook is a hotbed of posters, homilies and words of “wisdom”.  Some are funny, some tug at heart strings, while others are meant to make you stop and contemplate.  They tend to get recycled over and over – the more … Continue reading

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Pedro and Oxidado

I previously shared video of Pedro Torres and the stallion Oxidado doing Working Equitation.  Their partnership, to me, is obvious and inspiring.  Recently I ran across an interview with Pedro, where he talked about his inspirations and philosophies. Within the interview … Continue reading

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