Posts Tagged ‘horse’

Travel: Leaving the horses at home

Owning horses is a lifestyle choice. Feeding, cleaning and caring for them is often considered by those around us (who don’t own horses) to look a lot like a full-time job. Or at least a very full part time job. I admit, it is. We choose it and we love it. Which is why leaving the…

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“Are you flying your horses to Australia with you?”

“Are you flying your horses to Australia with you?” When I went to Australia in 2011 the most asked question leading up to the event was, “Are you taking your horses?” The short answer was no.  I’m headed back to Australia THIS WEEK and the answer is still the same. The horses get to skip…

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3 scary horse stories just in time for Halloween 2018

Here are some ‘scary’ horse stories for you to enjoy, plus many more in the comments! Feel free to add yours! Story #1 My husband and I volunteer at a horse rescue and one early spring day a few years ago were involved in a rescue training exercise that involved a life-size but very lightweight…

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Quickly Evaluating Problems with Horses and Riders

Have you ever felt stuck when evaluating a problem with your horse? I found myself drawing this chart over and over again in my journals and explaining it to friends. It is my simple evaluation tool that I use to analyzing problems or answer questions about horses and riders. The problem. When someone poses a problem…

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Does your horse find you predictable AND interesting?

When we train, we train using patterns. Patterns of behavior that create habits. Lead to the saddling area. Ground-tie. Brush. Saddle. Mount. Warm up. Work period. Rest period. Work period. On the surface it may look to an outside observer that we are teaching the horse to perform a pattern, like a trick, however, we…

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Why use a bit in a horses mouth?

Snaffle or shank? Why not free, nothing in the mouth of your horse.  Sidepull, that’s all. One of my horses reacted real good when we stopped with the snaffle. He was very stiff in the neck and became easy and willing, bending his neck in both left and right directions. I’ve noticed this before with other…

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Insecure horses and self control

Thankfully the horse show ended better than it began! Willow (the 7-year old I mentioned in a previous post) recovered nicely. Willow is not a naturally confident horse and this was her first horse show. To give an example of how nervous she was, the first night I was riding in the dressage arena we…

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Food stuck to my face…if only I had hands!

Newt was clearly wishing to snack on this…but he just couldn’t catch it! The things you see around the barn! I’m not sure if we will ever have a comedian quite like Newt…although his younger brother Lincoln and my rescue pony Presto might give it a shot!

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