Simple Models, Hard Problems

The value of simple models to deal with hard problems.

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Demo with Prima

Pulling Prima back out for a small demo held some interesting lessons. Prima and I used to do demos all over the country..

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Horse Bio-mechanics & Horse/Rider Balance

Bio-mechanics entails looking at the natural structure of the body in order to better understand how it should ideally function.

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Horse Training Reflections – Letters To Kirsten

Carrying on from a previous newsletter topic, I thought I would share some of the comments that were sent about the lesson on horse training techniques. Each comment gave more food for thought and pounded on the question… What is Horse Training?

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The Seven Habits of Horsemanship

Steven Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a fantastic model for people getting along with people. Using his model, I have taken the liberty of applying his ideas to horsemanship to share a perspective on how riders can perhaps get along with horses a bit better.

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My Affair with Black Tie

My Black Tie (Man) Affair!!

I always knew better than to pray for patience, as I was never ready to take that journey.  However, my affair with Black Tie has certainly taught me patience.    Black Tie is my fabulous Egyptian Arabian, who I adopted from Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation, and began my journey to work with him.  He was […]

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Choices

When your horse chooses to be with you because that is where it is safe.

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Disengagement

The term disengagement means the horse no longer has a source of power from its hindquarters.

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Horsemanship

Horsemanship is an art as well as a science…..It is a journey into becoming a better person for the sake of the animal that you love

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Change is Hard on the Brain

When I work with riders one of the trickiest parts of making improvements is that the changes don’t always feel right at first.

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Equine Imbalance

...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
Founder of Equine Postural Training &
Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

Acknowledgements

Photos Contributed by:
Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

Quote Of The Day

Equestrian art, perhaps more than any other, is closely related to the wisdom of life. Many of the same principles may be applied as a line of conduct to follow. The horse teaches us self-control, constancy, and the ability to understand what goes on in the mind and the feelings of another creature, qualities that are important throughout our lives. Moreover, from this relationship with his horse the rider will learn that only kindness and mutual understanding will bring about achievements of the highest perfection
~Alois Podhajsky