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Category : Thoughts
Resolve to love your horse
Lately, I have been asked the question: "Do you really reward your horse all the time?" It might sound like the answer is obvious, but I think it is...Continue Reading →
Every situation is an opportunity for education
The other day, I was preparing pancakes and my son came with a question: "why do you add baking powder?", and here I go for a casual lesson about...Continue Reading →
Why is physical punishment to a horse never acceptable? / quote
7 Clinics, Betty Staley
Betty Staley talks about punishment very well in this series of DVDs and I can not help but convey her words of wisdom. Punishment, such as hitting the horse with your hand, your whip or your spurs, is just a completely useless act. Ultimately, such behavior can put you at risk and you obtain a result that is opposite to what you look for.
We should always keep in mind that horses have a very strong sense of self-preservation which, combined to a remarkable memory, will teach them very quickly to be afraid of humans if approached and worked with this punishment method.
For those who took some time to think about life, about their relationship with other beings (human or animal), they will probably not need to be convinced. For the others, as life does not always leave us the opportunity to think about real, deep and essential questions, some more practical arguments should be enough to convince them:
Remain in control of your horse
To be a good leader, a horse ought to remain in control of the situation all the time. In most mammal gatherings, old leaders lose their status the...Continue Reading →
Horses minds are jigsaw puzzles / quote
This is our responsibility to make sure that we did not tear or lose a piece of the puzzle.
Wild horses have left European plains and 99.9% of our horses have been bred in farms, handled as weanlings, started between their second to fourth birthdays, and sold to private owners, professional stables or riding schools.
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Horsemanship is a full-time job
Definition of "horsemanship" is: the art or practice of riding on horseback. I think horsemanship is much more and can not be limited to the time...Continue Reading →
Good horsemanship consists of principles
Horsemanship can not be limited to a method or specific exercises, as all horses are different individuals and may react differently to the same...Continue Reading →
Horsemanship, philosophy and way of life…
I have mentioned in the introduction to my program that: "You will have to question yourself, your way of life, your relationship to others, the...Continue Reading →