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LEARNING TO READ A HORSE'S ESSENCE....

After working with behaviourally challenging and trauma horses for all these years, experience in this area has taught me that science cannot explain everything surrounding horses.

Therefore "Essence" is not something you can see, or will hear your average horse trainer talking about.....but after lifestyle, diet, tack and saddle assessments, I have found it to be a very real and vital component of gaining success and trust with horses.

So what exactly is a horses "essence" and how can being able to read it help you become a better horse person?

WHY USE A ROPE HALTER?

WHY DO WE USE A ROPE HALTER: A good quality, well fitted Rope Halter should be your very best piece of horsemanship equipment, as it can be an excellent tool for communicating with horses, and the reason we use them over other types of halters is because they are light and comfortable for the horse, but also that they have consequences for a resistant horse too....making them more effective in training.

WHEN THE HORSE IS CO-OPERATING: I cannot stress enough that when a horse is relaxed and compliant, a good quality, well fitted rope halter will not cause any discomfort at all, and will hardly be noticed by your horse.

NEW ALL TERRAIN HOOF BOOTS ARE HERE:

NEW ALL TERRAIN HOOF BOOTS ARE HERE: If you are looking for four wheel drive hoof boots for your horse, here they are....they are called the ALL TERRAIN MODEL, and are made by Equine Fusion from Norway.......

ALL TERRAIN 4 WHEEL DRIVE SOLE
ALL TERRAIN 4 WHEEL DRIVE SOLE
FLEXI SOLE
FLEXI SOLE
ALL TERRIAN EASY TO PUT ON
ALL TERRIAN EASY TO PUT ON
FULLY WASHABLE IN THE MACHINE
FULLY WASHABLE IN THE MACHINE
FLEXIBLE CONCAVE SOLES
FLEXIBLE CONCAVE SOLES

They come in sizes from mini through to draft horses....and are fully washable in the machine too.....

They offer a ANATOMICALLY CONTOURED SOLE, that flexes with your horses natural hoof mechanism to offer improved fit and function .

LESSONS FROM A BITLESS DRESSAGE VIDEO:

LESSONS FROM A BITLESS DRESSAGE VIDEO:

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BITLESS DRESSAGE VIDEO
Lessons on release





  
It's an old video, and most will have already seen it, but I thought this could be used as a fantastic teaching aid for a rainy day like today.....

Notice the gaps of release this rider gives the horse in between each manoeuvre.

OPEN THE HORSES WORLD

Imeet lots of fabulous people in my job of helping to rehab horses with behavioral issues, but I see a lot of them trying to keep their horses calm, and they tip toe around the horse..... which unfortunately creates a pattern of having a very narrow criteria on how, who and where they are able to ride due to this. So they don't go out in the wind, or only ride with that one horse friend, on a sunny calm day, or won't go here or there......and we start to wonder on who is training who when this happens as they have become a avoidaholic to suit their horses fragile emotional state.

HALTERS AND HAVING THEM UNDER BRIDLES:

I have been meaning to write a piece on this for ages, so here goes.....

FIRSTLY WHY USE A ROPE HALTER: A good quality, well fitted Rope Halter should be your very best piece of horsemanship equipment, as it can be an excellent tool for communicating with horses, and the reason we use them over other types of halters is because they are light and comfortable for the horse, but also that they have consequences for a resistant horse too....making them more effective in training.

WHEN THE HORSE IS CO-OPERATING: I cannot stress enough that when a horse is relaxed and compliant, a good quality, well fitted rope halter will not cause any discomfort at all, and will hardly be noticed by your horse.

USING YOUR BODY TO STEER YOUR HORSE:

I spend a lot of time coaching people to be better passengers for their horses to carry (you will notice i didn't say to become better "RIDERS" as I personally have never found riding in the traditional sense, to be a true skill....after all it's just not falling off-lol  )..... but being a better passenger means you are acutely aware of your horses needs and the biomechanics of your body on his, and this is how Harmony between the two bodies of horse and human is reached.

Black Beauty's Author

A post earlier prompted me to write this piece about Anna Sewell.

For those wondering about this name.....
Anna Sewell is the famous author, who wrote Black Beauty back in the 1870"s. 

Anna was a true champion of horses for her time, and pleaded for a more humane treatment of horses, including that the bit be banned to a lot of the governing bodies of her generation. 

Unfortunately she was a cripple after an non-horse accident in her childhood, which left her unable to walk more than a few steps, so she had her beloved carriage horses to help her get around, which is where the inspiration for black beauty came from.

BITLESS RIDING- the myth of the "RELEASE".....

As a Certified Bitless Instructor, Transitioning horses to go Bitless is one of my areas of expertise....and I am writing this piece to assist those rare few riders who have tried and had difficulties using Bitless Bridles with their horses.

Firstly lets address this incorrect belief that somehow the bridle straps are going to magically bounce off the horses nose or jaw line, depending on what style of bitless bridle you are using.....when you release the rein.

This is NEVER going to happen.....and is not how a pressure and release bitless bridle (about 99.

HOW TO MAKE A QUICK AND EASY FIELD SHELTER

See brave Nemo, who used to be terrified of tarps enjoying the spot under the shelter-We were lucky to have our tack room to add this too but you can also make these with a back and sides on for between $100 to $200 depending on how many sides and posts you need. They are so easy to do too-Just dig 4 holes and concrete in 4 large posts-at about $20 each from your local timber merchant who often will delivery for a small fee too, plus post mix at around $5 per bag. Then add tarpaulins to the top, back and sides as required at a cots of between $10-$15 each-try not to use black or dark colours for the tarps or will look like a cave-so the lighter the better.